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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Lucky lottery ticket changes everything in winning romance.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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This romance unfolds slowly and as you might expect -- but the real pleasure here is in seeing Alice, Teddy, and Leo challenged to reexamine who they think they want to be. Windfall is a long 400-plus pages, but readers will enjoy the time with Alice, who has a kind but aching heart. Her romantic interest in Teddy, a classically rakish character, is less absorbing than the big questions Alice wrestles with.

Author Jennifer E. Smith takes a fresh look at the question of what you might do if you were rich, and teases out new threads: What if you had a chance to share in a friend's good fortune? If you've been dealt some terrible hands, can you accept good luck? If you've never suffered misfortune, should you feel guilty? What responsibility do we have to share good fortune with others? Windfall is a great conversation starter for families.

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