Pot of Gold Author:Judith Michael Although this book's central message is a monumental platitude ("Money can't buy happiness," intones the protagonist), the point is made with clarity and considerable suspense. Claire Goddard is a hard-working, 35-year-old divorcee who has a close and loving relationship with her 17-year-old daughter Emma. When Claire wins $60 million in the lot... more »tery, they set out on their new life with sybaritic abandon: Claire quits her job, hires a money manager and begins buying luxury goods. But if they now have leisure and power, Claire and Emma also have too many choices. While on a cruise that is emblematic of their emotional displacement, the vulnerable women fall under the spell of an unscrupulous duo: Quentin Eiger, director of Eiger Cosmetics, and his son Brix. They are both immediately caught up in whirlwind relationships that are as self-destructive as they are sexually charged. The powerful and manipulative Eigers are much more sinister--and dangerous--than they appear. A cast of secondary characters (an enigmatic aunt; a perceptive writer; a lesbian friend) help both Emma and Claire reexamine their values. The husband-and-wife team of Judith Barnard and Michael Faine ( Sleeping Beauty ) has woven a contemporary tale that should please romance addicts, if not readers interested in stylish prose.« less
Pretty interesting premise - hardworking mother's weekly splurge of hope - a single lottery ticket - wins big at $60 million. The book explores what money can - and cannot mean. It was fun following along with Claire and Emma as they go through some initial spending sprees, but ultimately more satisifying to see how Claire, and finally Emma, regain their balance and learn to build a real and meaningful life within the freedom money gives them.