Colando (Hashes & Bashes, 2016, etc.) tells the story of three friends, one of whom has just won the lottery, in the third novel in her Faith, Family, Frenzy! series.
Fran Blackstone Rankin recently married a pastor named Paul. One night, she gets a nighttime call from her friend Bonnie Voss asking her to watch the lottery results on TV to see if Bonnie’s numbers won; she can’t watch it herself because she’s currently driving to Las Vegas to elope with her boyfriend, Carl Edwards. When Fran informs Bonnie that she has, in fact, won $536 million, Carl convinces her to head back to Michigan to get legal advice and come up with a plan. On the way, Bonnie calls Jackie Breeden, her responsible friend. She’s been married to Carl’s half brother, Steve, since they were both just out of high school—although she’s getting a bit bored of life on the dairy farm that they operate with their 31-year-old son, Brandon. Jackie convinces Bonnie to think bigger; after a wedding in Vegas (with her dear friends present), she and the group will head off to Hawaii to enjoy some of her money, far from the confines of their Midwestern lives. As it turns out, however, the riches and travels may disrupt a lot more than their small-town boredom. Throughout this novel, Colando’s prose is energetic in style and often musical in tone, displaying a keen awareness of image and rhythm: “Virtual snapshots shuffled, blackjack fast, and whizzed past Jackie’s visual field.” However, it can get a bit too cute at times, as when Jackie contemplates telling her husband about Bonnie’s win: “How to share this world-tilting news with Steve would come to her while she peeled potatoes. A spud-bred plan for my stud.” Overall, though, the novel proves to be fun and low-stakes in a way that makes it a perfectly suitable read for a relaxing weekend.
A stylish, comic tale about unexpected changes in life.