Thursday, April 30, 2015

Color of Money

Color of Money  (Alicia Yu Series, #2)
4 Stars

Brief Description:

Harry Regal is the most eligible bachelor in Fort Lauderdale. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a successful family real estate business, and enough money to do whatever he wants. But what the playboy doesn’t realize is that his lifestyle is built on an illusion, and when it all comes crashing down, he finds himself on the street with less than nothing.
Elizabeth Herrgott’s downtown shelter is making a real difference in the lives of homeless men and women—or it was until the powerful real estate company Regal, Inc. swept in and bought the property out from under her. Now Elizabeth might lose everything she cares about. Her only chance is to convince the brash, arrogant heir to the Regal empire to let the shelter stay…but Harry Regal has disappeared.
As their “real” worlds crumble around them, Elizabeth and Harry each go online to share their feelings with an anonymous friend—someone who seems to understand them better than anyone in their real lives.

My Review:
What do you do when you see a homeless person?
-Do you judge them by appearances?
-Do you think it's a choice for them?
-Do you wonder how they became homeless?
-Do you offer assistance or do you ignore them?

Those are hard questions for some people to answer, but for Elizabeth is was easy.  She is a lovely, young woman who has been running a homeless shelter for years.  She is on call 24/7 and assists anyone in need of help.  In her experience she has seen it all, but knows a helping hand can be a lifesaver to some.  We meet Elizabeth when her dream is being threatened.  In walks Madeline Regal, real estate mogul, who wants the downtown building where Elizabeth runs her homeless shelter.  Madeline sends her son to deal with Elizabeth and "the shelter situation".  Harry has always played things "footloose"  and fancy free and must follow orders is he plans to one day step into his mother's shoes.  He has never wanted for anything in his life so his attitude for the homeless unfortunately mimics a lot of society's attitudes. 

What would you do if you lost everything (job, home, car, money)?
Can you imagine what you would do or who you would turn to? Maybe you would run into someone like Elizabeth or maybe Harry.

I felt this was an extremely touching story.  It explores the attitudes of people in regards to the plight of the homeless.  The author reveals both the strengths and weaknesses of both characters.  I really liked Elizabeth's character and her convictions of right and wrong.  She believes in second chances.  I will be honest in that at first I didn't really like Harry, but when his true heart was revealed I fell in love with him quickly.  Madeline was a necessary character and I didn't really like her, but your not suppose to.  There are references of faith in the story, but no real discussion.  This is a good clean read.  I would recommend this story to anyone who loves inspiration. 
I did receive this ARC from the author for a honest review without bias as stated above.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Helena Smrcek

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