Title: Small Change
Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Paperback: 352 pages
Rachel, Jessica, and Tiffany all share a difficult secret: they’re all struggling with major financial problems. A sudden divorce has turned Rachel from a stay-at-home mom to a strapped-for-cash divorcee about to enter the workforce for the first time. Tiffany’s spending has been out of control for years, and her mounting credit card bills have put a major strain on her marriage. And Jessica just had the rug pulled out from under her. After struggling her entire life to make ends meet, she’s just gotten engaged to a man with a big bank account…and now he’s asked her to sign a pre-nup.
When the women share their problems at their weekly crafting group, they decide to band together to take control of their finances. As they struggle to bring balance back to their checkbooks and their lives, they learn that some things in life, like good friends, are truly priceless.
Small Change by Sheila Roberts is a novel which tackles serious issues faced by three families while maintaining an upbeat, often witty and wonderful look into these very realistic situations, families and believable characters. Tiffany is the youngest of the three friends at 25 years and married to Brian, whose job is on the line due to cutbacks. Tiffany works as a manicurist and shops to fill a deep and personal void in her life; she is of her account, a world-class bargain hunter. Rachel is a 40-year old divorcee who is struggling to raise her two children, David and Claire, and she recently found out she would not be teaching full-time in the fall and her ex-husband Brian is not quick to offer financial help. Last but not least is Jessica Sharp, a 44-year old stay at home mom, married to Michael whose bank has been sold and it looks as though he may soon be out of a job. To further complicate things, their youngest son, Mikey has moved back home after losing his job. Jessica is forced to re-enter the workforce after decades of caring for family. Roberts has created a delightful novel, which is not only educational and enlightening, but also exceedingly enjoyable. I do not want to give too much away in my review, so I shall try to keep this brief, although brevity is not my strong suit. Tiffany, Rachel and Jessica are each facing serious financial complications and are doing their best to head them off. Each of the three friends are in different stages of their lives, yet have a common bond. Soon their Friday night crafting session turns into The Small Change Club, where they work together to find ways to cut corners and save money, a do-it-yourself through library books financial class as well as a support group for each other, since each woman spends in different ways and for different reasons. Roberts does an excellent job at creating a cast of delightful women that I personally would enjoy being around and while I identified most with Jessica’s character, all three personalities intertwined create an overall picture that I believe most women will be able to relate to on some level. Small Change is not only helpful, but also insightful, a delight to read and filled with the complex dynamics that make up each character’s family life to keep the reader fully engaged. I highly recommend Small Change to anyone.
Sheila Roberts lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s happily married and has three children. She has had twenty-five books published, both in fiction and nonfiction under different names and in different languages. Her novels have been optioned for book clubs and film. Her book Angel Lane was an Amazon Top Ten Romance pick for 2009. When she’s not hanging out with her girlfriends or hitting the dance floor with her husband, she can be found writing about those things dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.
Sheila Roberts’ SMALL CHANGE VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ‘10 officially began on March 22 and will end on April 23 2010. Follow the tour www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com during the month of April to find out more about this great book and talented author!
I received a complimentary copy of Small Change by Sheila Roberts from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.