A Small Fortune (Celia Hagen #1)
"Nerve-grinding suspense... Strewn with jewels of beautiful writing and apt metaphors--enough to bring on a case of writer's envy." -Jessica Morrel, author of Bullies, Bastards And Bitches: How To Write The Bad Guys Of Fiction
"A Small Fortune is scintillating, thrilling,...more
I thoroughly enjoyed A Small Fortune. Sure, it's a little ridiculous at points, but the ridiculousness is clearly intentional. The fact that Deborah/Audrey pulls off this absurd adventure story while playing it completely straight is a tribute to her ability as an author. She isn't afraid to be a little silly if that's w...more
***minor spoilers ahead***
I found the characters really hard to swallow. Celia was annoying - she spent her entire life with her head in the sand and had no issues jumping in bed with a random guy who may or may not be involved with her kidnapping. Jonathon was a caricature of an "evil person" and the fact that Celia didn't even agonize about the fact that the...more
The next day, Celia goes for a morning jog. Afterwards, Celia goes for a swim, It is wh...more
Celia Donnelly is about to undertake a much deserved beach vacation with her husband and teenage son. Between the stress of her job and less than perfect home life, she’s very much looking forward to the tropical retreat. However, almost as soon as she arrives at the resor...more
The book was a quick read. I thought it was going to take me longer, but it could have been because of the pacing. At first, I thought the plot was very similar to Man on Fire, but then there were these twists, which kind of took away from the story as it became something else.
The 1st person story t...more
Celia Donnelly is overworked and downright exhausted, her marriage to her husband Jonathan, a bank president, has started to suffer, as has her relationship with teenage son. She is thrilled when Jonathan comes home and tells her they are taking a family vacation to Mexico. Getting out of the dreary weather of the Pacific Northwest to wonderful sunny Mexico is just what this family needs.
Celia enjoying her vacation decides to go for a run along the beac...more
So, with that in mind, I give A SMALL FORTUNE five stars. This is one of the most enjoyable suspense novels I've read. The suspense is enough that it kept me turning the pages. Add to this just a smattering of plain old good S-E-X.
Cecelia is abducted while in Mexico on a vacation with her husband an...more
(view spoiler)[I did not understand AT ALL the major lust between the Celia and Benicio. If it had just been an underlying attraction with a HEA, I would have understood. I even get that in extreme emotional situations a major bond can be formed. But I just don't imagine that while being held hostage and finding out the man I'm married to is not who I thought he was and orchestrated my...more
Sometimes the drama is a little too high, and the storyline is a bit unbelievable, but that didn’t really take away from my enjo...more
There was a romantic subplot with a "hot po...more
A lot happened in this book, but not all of it made sense. It was unexpectedly funny, and I admired Celia for being able to find humor in what was a series of totally messed up situations. Celia luckily, or miraculously, met people who were kind to her when they had no reason to be, and helped her in ways that most of us wouldn't expect even of our lifelong friends. This woman was seriously lucky. I'd actually be interested in reading more about Celia, set maybe a year or two i...more
So, I couldn’t go see her when she was speaking :( but I did finally click the link to read h...more
If you over think this book, you can find lots of fault with the characters and the plot. But for me, any novel that takes you from the warm sunny beaches and bougainvillea filled patios of Mexico to the medieval streets of Zurich in one evening cannot be all bad. Without analyzing it too much, I enjoyed it and am now ready for her sequel.