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New Money: A Novel

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A young Southern woman of modest means suddenly finds herself thrust into New York's high society when she discovers that she is the illegitimate daughter of a recently-deceased billionaire

Savannah Morgan always had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes looked down on her for not having a closet-full of L
ebook, 336 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books (first published 2013)
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New Money is an entertaining, fast, engaging read with a sweet and spunky lead character. I loved Savannah, who is a smart, independent, modern girl with heart, courage, and admirable southern values. The story has romance, humor, surprising plot twists, mystery, and fleshed-out, sympathetic characters. Parts are funny and had me laughing, and others were so emotional. I had no idea how it was going to end but I liked how things turned out. New Money is a well-written page-turner that I highly r ...more
I have been waiting for this author’s second novel since I read her first book. New Money did not disappoint! Each character was very well written with interesting qualities and story-lines. A lot of unexpected things happened. There was a surprise around every corner of this fast-paced plot set in Savannah Morgan’s humble home of Charleston and the glitz of her new life in Manhattan. I flew through the book in a day, it was so un-put-down-able.
Jul 29, 2013 Charisma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! New Money has everything I ask for in a novel: a relatable main character, interesting secondary characters, a gripping story, a fluid writing style, and a vivid setting. I agree with the other reviews that it should become a TV series. While I was reading, I visualized it that way and even imagined actors in the various roles. (Hot guys to play Jack and Alex, please!) The story and characters jumped off the pages and kept me glued to the book. There was so much action and suspense and ...more
Sep 17, 2013 Ninette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I was drawn to New Money because I read the author’s first novel and it became one of my favorite books. That book takes place during the '80s and is about a teenager, and I couldn’t wait to see what the author would do with a story about a young woman in her twenties during the here and now. I’m happy to say I wasn't disappointed.

New Money is not your typical chick-lit novel. Yes, it has all the chick-lit elements I love, incl. humor, glamorous New York City high society and flirtations/romanc
Oct 16, 2013 PeytonMarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loved
This is a great story. I got so caught up in Savannah’s life and dilemmas that I zoomed through the novel in one night. The writing is brisk and natural, and the whole story feels very modern, here-and-now.

I related to Savannah’s common, everyday struggles at the beginning of the story, including her longing to break free of a dull, ordinary life and reach for her dreams. It’s torture to want to shine but be trapped in a “dead-end, soul-killing” job just to pay the bills. Who hasn’t felt held d
Nancy Brady
Nov 05, 2014 Nancy Brady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-book
A young woman, Savannah Morgan, wants to be a writer. As the story begins, she is fired for not backing down. Reared by a single mother, Savannah is struggling to become something beyond "white trailer trash" when she finds she is the wealthy heir of a New York business man.

Leaving her mother and best friend behind, she travels there and meets her new family. They are not pleased and half-brother Ned and half-sister Caroline will do everything they can to send her packing. The lure of a journali
Molli Moran
Despite being really excited for New Money once I read the synopsis, something about this novel fell flat for me. It's been said by me and by others that reading is a very subjective experience, and I want to remind y'all of that going into this review. My issues weren't so much with the quality of the writing, the style, or the pacing, but rather with more personal dislikes - and because of that, I'm still going to urge others to give Rosenthal's book a fair chance.

I think my biggest issue was
Molly Freeman
Oct 04, 2015 Molly Freeman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If it weren't for my stubborn determination to get through some of the books that had been languishing on my currently reading shelf for too long, I never would have made it through New Money: A Novel . I hated the main characters, I hated the too-good-to-be-true fantasy of her finding out she had a wealthy father, and I certainly felt bitter about her being handed a job it would take me years to work up to. All in all, this book was a miss for me across the board of plot, characters, and writi ...more
Susan Becraft
Another trite rags to riches tale

I sometimes enjoy a rags to riches story, but New Money fell flat. The plot was so outlandish that I was not remotely entertained. Samantha Morgan, a 25-year-old woman from South Carolina, discovers that her father was billionaire mogul, Edward Stone, who had a long-ago relationship with her mother. She is in for the surprise of a lifetime when Mr. Stone's attorney reads the will. As long as she works for the family firm, Samantha will receive buckets of money ea
Dec 30, 2014 Jade rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I became a fan of this author's work after reading "Other Words For Love." I didn't realize she had new books until I saw "Independently Wealthy" recommended in People Magazine.

I bought a copy of "New Money," dug right in, and was swept into the story. This novel is a departure for the author, whose debut novel has a more serious tone and is narrated by a teen girl in the 1980s suffering from depression. I fell in love with the heartbreaking and raw realism of that story. But as much as I enjoy
If ever there was a book I was obsessed with, it is “Other Words For Love” by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal. That one got me crying and heartbroken, because it’s so beautiful and real. So real that it tortured me. But in the way you want to be tortured while reading a book. I was addicted to the characters, the story, and the 1980s. It was an incredible experience. I have read that book three times already and will probably open it again soon. So I had to pick up the author’s second novel, and I wasn’ ...more
NEW MONEY is just what I was looking for this weekend—a fun, escapist read to keep me turning the pages. Set in South Carolina and New York City, this novel follows twenty-four-year-old Savannah Morgan through her transformation from a frustrated library assistant with big dreams to an overnight heiress who is thrust into glamour and scandal, all the while dealing with resentful, back-biting relatives and a vicious blogger with a chip on his shoulder who can’t wait to take her down. All the plot ...more
Jul 07, 2014 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I rated this 3.5 stars.

This was a good, quick summer read. I enjoyed the story about Savannah moving to New York and learning how to adjust to society there. There were quite a few characters who I didn't care for. Her half siblings were nasty and unnecessarily cruel as was their mother. I understand why they would be mad but the author took them to a whole other level. I also thought that Tina, Savannah's best friend, was immature and annoying. Savannah's relationships seemed to happen in the b
Tiffany Dang
Jul 06, 2014 Tiffany Dang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Lorraine Zago Rosenthal and I was really pleased on how this book turned out.

Going from nothing to everything can be really overwhelming and I'm glad the main character, Savannah, didn't turn out to be too bitchy. She did get a little busy with the men in this book but it just seems so tempting who could resist?

Alex and Jack are two people who she could easily be fallen into a love triangle with and I'm glad there's a lot of depth to both characters
Jul 20, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic book. I was unable to put this book down while I read it. While I read this book, I felt like I was right there in New York with Savannah. I also really liked the relationship Lorraine Rosenthal created between Savannah and Tony. This book should definitely be on your reading list!
Oct 22, 2013 Jacqueline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book should have been written for girls in grade school. The plot was incredibly far fetched, the characters were too simple, and it was beyond believable. This one goes further than my usual "I'll read chick-lit for a guilty pleasure," and extended into "I'm reading this to make myself dumber."
Feb 08, 2016 ReadingQueen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New Money: 4 stars (If you want to understand the second book, read the first one first. The second is a sequel!)

Independently Wealthy: 5 stars

Both books have:
Sympathetic/nuanced/relate-able main character; swoon-worthy love interests; complex friendships and family relationships; serious family drama; characters who grow and change over the course of the books; an irresistibly delicious New York setting (including the glam Hamptons and the wealthy suburbs of Westchester); a complex plot that wi
Jul 13, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
ARC first reads.

Trying not to give too much away here...This was a nice quick easy read. I especially enjoyed the friendship between savannah and tony. I guess I watch too much tv because I found myself thinking this would be an interesting tv series.
Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s New Money is a light, entertaining story of a 24-year-old debutante set loose in Manhattan after a lifetime among Southern society. To say she is lost amidst a sea of dark-clothed, serious New Yorkers is an understatement — but once she flees the comfort of her mother’s home in South Carolina, she is determined to create a new path for herself as a writer . . . or maybe something else entirely.

Though I enjoyed Savannah’s story, success seemed to find our heroine a littl
Feb 05, 2014 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A southern girl in her 20s receives a huge inheritance and a fancy apartment in New York when her father dies. This was a father she never knew about. She also inherited some uppity, snooty relatives in the bargain.

The book held my interest, maybe because I liked reliving my 20s, and it was fairly well written. I didn’t like how neatly all the plot lines were tied up in the end. I especially didn’t like the girl’s mother telling what to do. She was 24 and should have been able to make her own de
Apr 15, 2014 Kara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe a case where sum of the whole was more than the parts, or maybe I was in a really good mood reading this book, but I truly enjoyed it. I mean, the storyline wasn't groundbreaking- poor "trailer trash" girl from Charleston suddenly comes into a ton of money, but HAS to move to NYC and work for an awesome/famous women's magazine. Guys are throwing themselves at her because she's just so different from the other NYC women. Add in a family that she never knew about. Blah, blah, blah family sec ...more
Sara Grochowski
Lorraine Zago Rosenthal's sophomore offering, New Money, is a departure from her first book, Other Words for Love, but both novels have the same sense of heart and feature a main character fighting to stay true to herself.

New Money begins in the small South Carolina town where the main character, Savannah, was raised, where she was raised by her single mother. Savannah, now 24, often wonders if she made the right choices in her life. After all, her current situation - a dead-end job, an unused c
Jul 02, 2013 Ronique rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Honestly, I don’t really have a whole lot to say about this book. It was an easy read-good for a vacation or beach trip. The plot was decent, though slightly unrealistic-small town girl inherits a windfall from the father she never knew, who just happened to be a billionaire. Wouldn’t that be nice? You’d think. Even with all the “struggles” she had, both when she was poor, and after she became an heiress, I had no sympathy for the main character, Savannah, at any point in the story. She let the ...more
Ginger at
Review (along with an author Q&A for the official blog tour) posted at GReads!

Reading this novel had me imagining it as a chick-flick, staring someone like Reese Witherspoon or Kate Hudson as the southern beauty who's making a big splash in the big apple. From the southern roots, where the story begins, to the hustle & bustle of New York City, Savannah Morgan takes us on a personal journey of her own.

Savannah never knew her father, until one day when she receives a phone call from a high
Sarah (YA Love)
Flash review originally posted on YA Love

New Money is Lorraine Zago Rosenthal’s sophomore release. Her debut was YA, but I would consider this to be New Adult/chick (women’s) lit. If you’re looking for a New Adult novel that isn’t a “junior romance novel,” then New Money is for you. (There is, however, romance in the story, just not a gratuitous amount of it.)

Something I really enjoyed while reading New Money is that it felt like I was watching a movie or a television drama. The characters are e
I received this book through Goodread's First Reads - thank you!

When I first started this book I thought I wasn't going to be able to get into it. I don't normally read "chick-lit" and was worried that the story was going to be cheesy and superficial. Luckily, I was (mostly) wrong. It had substance and personality and kept me entertained throughout. Savannah is a sweet but strong southern girl, likable and not unlike many other twenty-somethings trying to find their place in the world. She makes
Sep 13, 2013 Marlene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At twenty four years old, Savannah Morgan is not at the place in her life that she had hoped to be. Living in her mother’s house and working at the library, Savannah is feeling less than fulfilled. It doesn’t help that, living in South Carolina, she’s surrounded by rich, debutantes who don’t hesitate to put down her modest lifestyle. Thankfully she has her best friend, Tina, by her side. Although Tina grew up with an endless supply of money, she was not affected by it and she accepts Savannah fo ...more
Sep 18, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this book. Whenever I hear the term “New Money”, I immediately think of The Great Gatsby, with Old vs. New Money and East vs. West Egg. This book falls into some of the same Old vs. New Money stigma as Gatsby, but with a more modern twist. The story follows Savannah Morgan, a main character that I loved, as she discovers at the age of twenty-four that her father was a very rich man named Edward Stone and he has left her quite the inheritance. The only downfall ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Estelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog along with author interview! Yay!

What 24-year-old does not dream of a secure job and an all-expenses paid living situation in NYC? With a very generous allowance? Savannah’s step up from life in South Carolina (struggling to make ends meet with her mom, not finding her dream job) sounds like a Cinderella story, until you factor in that the source of all this glitz and glamour is the deceased father she never knew about. Plus the family he had in
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Lorraine Zago Rosenthal was born and raised in New York City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in education from the University of South Florida. She also earned a master’s degree in English, with a concentration in American and British literature, from Northern Kentucky University.

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