She Regrets Nothing by Andrea Dunlop
Published by Atria Books on February 6, 2018
Genres: Adult Fiction, Contemporary
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In the tradition of The Emperor’s Children and The House of Mirth,the forgotten granddaughter of one of New York’s wealthiest men is reunited with her family just as she comes of age—and once she’s had a glimpse of their glittering world, she refuses to let it go without a fight.
When Laila Lawrence becomes an orphan at twenty-three, the sudden loss unexpectedly introduces her to three glamorous cousins from New York who show up unannounced at her mother’s funeral. The three siblings are scions of the wealthy family from which Laila’s father had been estranged long before his own untimely demise ten years before.
Two years later, Laila has left behind her quiet life in Grosse Point, Michigan to move to New York City, landing her smack in the middle of her cousins’ decadent world. As the truth about why Laila’s parents became estranged from the family patriarch becomes clear, Laila grows ever more resolved to claim what’s rightfully hers. Caught between longing for the love of her family and her relentless pursuit of the lifestyle she feels she was unfairly denied, Laila finds herself reawakening a long dead family scandal—not to mention setting off several new ones—as she becomes further enmeshed in the lives and love affairs of her cousins. But will Laila ever, truly, belong in their world? Sly and sexy, She Regrets Nothing is a sharply observed and utterly seductive tale about family, fortune, and fate—and the dark side of wealth.
Money can buy anything including love and happiness right? Laila Lawrence is convinced she can find all that and more. Which is why she ends up in New York City after the death of her mother. Her cousins, whom Laila has been estranged from, welcome her with open arms. Just not open pocketbooks.
I had a love hate relationship with this story and the characters. Especially Laila. She had moments of being that girl next door, who just wanted to make it in this world, who needed acceptance and understanding. But would very quickly ruin any warm fuzzy feelings by showing her true money hungry, will do anything for money traits. It was off putting at times. I think though that was the intent.
I craved a heroine though. It was difficult to not look for the silver lining, the happily ever after.
The pages of this story dripped with opulence, petulance, greed, mistrust, lies, avoidance, all the worst qualities that come with lots and lots of money. Laila somehow manages to be in the center of all of it. She really struggles…that girl….so frustrating. I couldn’t decide if she deserved what happened to her or if she was just too naive to figure it all out.
All in all it was an enjoyable read. Days later though and I’m still not sure I’m satisfied with the ending. Something that’s not a bad thing. I’m not sure Laila’s story is over. I would be interested to see if the author plans anything more for her.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *