Women of Good Fortune
by Sophie Wan
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Pub Date 05 Mar 2024 | Archive Date 19 Mar 2024
Harlequin Trade Publishing, Graydon House
“Joyous, indulgent, immensely clever.” —Grace D. Li
“A glittering debut and delightful romp.” —Carley Fortune
Lulu has always been taught that money is the ticket to a good life. So, when Shanghai’s most eligible bachelor surprises her with a proposal, the only acceptable answer is yes, even if the voice inside her head is saying no. His family’s fortune would solve all her parents’ financial woes, but Lulu isn’t in love or ready for marriage.
The only people she can confide in are her two best friends: career-minded Rina, who is tired of being passed over for promotion while her male colleagues are rewarded; and Jane, a sharp-tongued, luxury-chasing housewife desperate to divorce her husband and trade up. Each of them desires something different: freedom, time, beauty. None of them can get it without money.
Lulu’s wedding is their golden opportunity. The social event of the season, it means more than enough cash gifts to transform the women’s lives. To steal the money on the big day, all they’ll need is a trustworthy crew and a brilliant plan. But as the plot grows increasingly complicated and relationships are caught in the cross fire, the women are forced to face that having it all might come at a steep price…
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I was so incredibly excited to read this -- a group of best friends who plan a heist set in Shanghai?? How could I not be losing my mind in anticipation of getting my hands on this?? -- and it did not disappoint! The story and the prose were both effortless engaging, and it was impossible not to get lost in this book as I read. Lulu, Rina, and Jane were delightful characters, both sympathetic and lovable as well as relatable in their flaws and missteps along the way. I thought it was a perfect balance of humor and warmheartedness, juxtaposed with a thoughtful examination of societal understanding of gender roles and the way in which women are viewed and valued versus how they view and value themselves. I highly recommend this book for any fans of contemporary fiction -- it truly had everything that I love about the genre, and the ending especially was deliciously satisfying!
This book was funny and thoughtful in exploring the lives of three very different Chinese women and the obstacles they faced to live the lives they wanted when society and family pressures them to marry. Rina is a career woman who keeps getting passed over for promotion despite working all the time. Jane is unhappy in her marriage and thinks she would've had better prospects if she were more beautiful. Lulu eels a deep sense of obligation to help out her poor family by marrying a rich man she doesn't love. These three best friends plan a heist to steal the gift money at Lulu's high society wedding. The planning of it and the heist itself will have you on the edge of your seats for multiple reasons. More importantly, each of these women grow in different ways and that journey will have you turning the pages until the very end.
Thank you Netgalley and Graydon House for the ARC!