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3.72  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  97 reviews
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 had high hopes. She dreamed of becoming a writer and escaping her South Carolina town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. But at twenty-four, she's
Hardcover, 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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading the author's YA novel, I had to try New Money. I recommended it to my book club, and after reading, the consensus was that everyone loved New Money. On to the sequel!
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
After reading this author's first novel, "Other Words for Love," (which I adored), I quickly investigated her subsequent books and found the Savannah Morgan series. "New Money," the first in this two-part series, is an engaging story of a southern girl whose life changes overnight but isn't the perfect situation it might appear to be. I loved the upper-class New York setting, the depth of all the characters, the family issues and the romance and the intrigue. I devoured this in a weekend and rea ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the author's debut novel and loved it so much that I looked for her subsequent work.

I found New Money (which is the first novel in a two-book series) and absolutely adored it.

I read it in one compelling, entertaining, fun, interesting, and well-written with complex characters. I could not put it down, just kept turning the pages to see what would happen next. So many twists and turns, lots of action and crisp dialogue.

The author really knows how to make you sympathize with
Sep 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
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."
Nancy Brady
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely a well written book from the beginning to the end the author had me totally captivated.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 wri ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-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.

When I read the caption of this book I wasn’t sure if it would be super-cheeseball or an idealized rags-to-riches princess story. I was pleasantly surprised it was neither, and started to really get into it in the first 50 pages. The words flowed smoothly, the dialogue was believable, and it was funny. I loved all the little jabs, one-liners, and nods to the Southern culture, and I started anticipating when the next zinger was coming. The main character, Savannah, is written like a real person,
suanny perez
Couldn’t even finish it

The book started off okay, kinda childish rambling trying to get you to fall in love with characters that you end up not liking them. “Rag to riches” story that is just so unreal and the author doesn’t even try to make it believable. Made it to page 140 and had to stop when her “love interests” entered the picture because it was actually embarrassing to even continue reading. Don’t bother buying this book, I’ve read actual teen novels way better than this
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like we all should, I have been staying at home and social distancing. I have increased my reading intake tremendously and am always on the lookout for a book that will help me to mentally escape the current situation in the world. This book achieved that goal! It is a page turner, an engaging and entertaining tale with romance, excitement, and glamour. The characters all had more than one side to them, and the book has great writing. Thanks to the author for helping me escape during this rough ...more
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
It was okay. The author definitely fails in that she placed NYC as the center of the universe. The book would have been so much better had she reversed Charleston & NYC. Doable especially since one of her plot tricks was to insist the heroine have to stay in NYC despite spending her life elsewhere. Too bad the author & her publishers are New Yorkers. If she had to place NY as the center, then why not have the timeline in January/February? Stale, little 'I heart NY story'. ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
New Money has everything I hope for in a novel: A relatable protagonist, love interests (Alex and Jack) who make me swoon; three-dimensional side characters; complex family relationships; an entertaining, surprising, gripping plot; excelling writing that pulls me in and flows throughout; and NEW YORK in all is sparkling, glamorous, gritty glory. The book was a page-turner that I couldn’t put down! Even better: There's a part II! (Independently Wealthy)
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can truly say that I loved this book. I could tell it was going to be great from the first chapter. This was funny, entertaining, interesting, and, more importantly, written exquisitely. The characters were well-rounded, realistic, and believably flawed, which added to their appeal. It's a great curl-up-with-some-hot-cocoa on a chilly Saturday afternoon and get lost in someone else's adventures.
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun, quick, compelling and escapist read. The sequel (Independently Wealthy) is great and even better than the original! That's rare, so I'm sending a shout-out to the author for making it happen! I read these books in less than three days and just gobbled them up. I just wanted to keep turning the pages.
Beth Allen
Oct 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Very cliche.....southern belle has a surprise inheritance and takes off to 'the big city'. In NYC, she is pitted against her newly-discovered half brother and half sister. Meets two men and has to choose between them. Alienates her best friend from home......

Everything you expect is in here.
Faith Nathu
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was a shorter reader but gave you ALL the feels the entire time. I would highly recommend it!
Melissa Rhoads
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not much here really, rags to riches at its worst.
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A terrific, juicy and captivating weekend read! Loved it.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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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
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Chelsey Wolford
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lorraine Zago Rosenthal was born and raised in New York City and is a graduate of the University of South Florida. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Master's degrees in Education and English.

Her debut novel, OTHER WORDS FOR LOVE, was published by Random House (Delacorte Press) in 2011. Her second novel, NEW MONEY, was published by Macmillan/St. Martin's Press (Thomas Dunne Books) in

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