Entertaining read. Great story line, with twists and turns along the way.
I so wanted to enjoy this book. I loved Jean Stone's BEACH ROSES and have really been looking forward to reading more of her books.
Unfortunately, TRUST FUND BABIES just never pulled me in. It wasn't nearly as well-written as BEACH ROSES (which was a later book). Three cousins, living very different lives, are visited by the secretary of the executor of their trusts and informed that the executor absconded with their money. Sounds interesting enough, right?
Well. I read the first 70 pages and found I had no interest in what would happen in the rest; I had to skim through to the end.
The characters, the way their stories were being told, simply failed to hold my interest. The secretary began as such an unnecessary focal character. 70 pages in, and it still didn't seem to make sense that her life was getting so much page time.
I'm still willing to read more by Jean Stone, but I think I'll stick with her newer releases.
" Sex, wealth, status-- they had it everything but what they wanted most..." Great read
On Park Avenue in Manhattan, secretary Carla DiRoma separately informs face to face the shocked Atkinson cousins (Mary Beth, Nikki, and Gabrielle) that their investment banker Lester Markham absconded with their trust funds. The trio know that they are broke and used to a golden spoon from having inherited their respective money. Now the cousins needs to find a way to earn money for basic sustenance.
Surprisingly, though somewhat estranged over the years, the threesome come together planning to survive this crisis. With the encouragement of Carla, they also chart a course to find, prosecute, and get their money back from Lester. However, to succeed they must forget that tragic summer years ago that sent them on their separate paths and stay united in their quest to regain what they lost, which they will learn is much more than a mere fortune.
TRUST FUND BABIES is an insightful look at three individuals struggling with a sudden reversal in their lives. The cousins are warm engaging protagonists, but they adapt too easily to their change in fortune (what's a million here - soon the cousins will be talking real money). Carla is a wonderful "mother hen" and friend to the not enough beleaguered Atkinson women. She enables Jean Stone's novel to remain a fascinating tale. This book has minimal wear.
Mary Beth, Nikki and Gabrielle have little in common except the vast Atkinson fortune they inherited. Growing up amidst the splendor of Manhattan town houses and summers on Martha's Vineyard, they've all learned the hard way that money can buy everything - except happiness. When their trusted executor disappears with their money, the cousins come together once again to find him. For each woman, regaining her fortune has a different meaning - and will come at a different price. And in the end, they'll learn that no one's secrets can stay hidden forever - not even the truth of what really happened that terrible day so many summers ago....