Author: Sheila Roberts
Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Finances, Money, Budgeting
Publication Date: March 30, 2010
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Page Count: 352
Tiffany, Rachel, and Jessica are three women who are facing serious financial troubles. Tiffany has turned into a compulsive shopaholic after two miscarriages left a void that nothing else can fill. Rachel just lost her teaching job and, as a divorced mother of two, is always trying to please her children by buying them things. Jessica has been a SAHM for many years, but with grown children and her husband’s job on the chopping block, she either needs to find a job or face relocation to the other side of the country.
Three women. Three different situations. But money is the theme that bonds them together.
Forced to make drastic changes to their spending habits, Tiffany, Rachel, and Jessica form the Small Change Club, focused on making small changes to their daily financial lifestyles. Eating in, growing their own food, and curbing their unnecessary spending are just a few of the ways that these women try to better themselves and their checkbooks. Chock full of humor, Roberts delivers a contemporary tale that will appeal to many who are facing financial difficulties, especially during our current economic climate.
One small thing that bugged me a bit. There were times when I was reading this that I felt like I was reading a financial self-help book instead of a fictional novel. There are many tips on saving money, which are great, but at times it felt a bit forced. I wanted more of the women’s stories instead of all these little tidbits on saving money. Although helpful, they got to be a bit much for me.
Overall, a good book with likable characters and a fairly fast read. It is one of those books that I neither loved nor hated. It was a solid 3 stars, middle of the road read for me.