From the critically acclaimed author of The Young Wives Club, a “heartwarming story about friendship, heartache, and self-discovery” (Karen White, New York Times bestselling author), comes a charming novel reminiscent of the works of Mary Alice Monroe and Kristy Woodson Harvey, about three sisters who win a huge lottery prize and learn what it truly means to be lucky.
Lexi, Callie, and Hanna Breaux grew up in small-town Louisiana, and have always struggled to make ends meet. For years, they’ve been playing the lottery, fantasizing about how much better life would be if they had the money.
For Lexi, it means the perfect wedding; for Callie, it means having the courage to go after her career dreams; and for Hanna, it means buying a house that isn’t falling apart and sending her bullied son to private school. When the incredible happens and the Breaux sisters hit it big—$204 million dollars big—all their dreams come true. Or so they think. Because it’s actually not a cliché—money isn’t the answer to everything, and it often comes with problems of its own.
Heartfelt, engaging, and featuring characters you’ll root for from the first moment you meet them, Louisiana Lucky is a satisfying page-turner from a rising star in women’s fiction.
Pennell's engaging latest (after The Young Wives Club) tracks the misadventures of three sisters who win big in the Louisiana lottery. Hanna Breaux, the oldest, longs to get her bully-beleaguered kids out of the public school in Brady, La. Hanna's sister Callie nurses a longtime crush on fellow journalist Garrett while reporting on corruption for their local paper, the Brady Herald. Lexi, the youngest, lives modestly with her fianc , Seth, and longs for the approval of her wealthy mother-in-law, Nancy. When the siblings hit a $204 million jackpot, Hanna buys a new house, sends her kids to private school, and is shunned by the new school's gossipy, backstabbing moms. Callie is courted by handsome TV reporter Wynn, who convinces her to quit her job and join him at the station. Callie is soon disillusioned by the switch from investigative reporting to fluffy subjects, and is taken aback by the rapid pace of her new relationship with Wynn. Despite Seth's warnings about his mother's controlling nature, Lexi collaborates with Nancy on wedding plans, which drives a wedge between the bride and groom. While some of the narrative tension feels fabricated, the author credibly catalogues the way money changes everything, for better and worse. Pennell's tasty treat doesn't offer surprises, but it's a welcome distraction.