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Going For Broke [Kindle Edition]

Nina Howard
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Growing up on the Wrong Side of the Tracks, Victoria Vernon knows the sting of living with Less in a town of More. She also knows that living well is the best revenge, and through brains, beauty and an advantageous marriage, she not only lives well, she lives downright spectacularly.
Until the day that the FBI shows up on her doorstep and seizes everything she owns. She's left with no money, no friends and no resources, and her only option is to move back to her mother's house in the town she vowed never to see again.

Coming home is worse than she could have imagined.

Forced to navigate a past she didn’t want to confront, children she barely knows, her estranged mother and a determined FBI agent that is convinced that the path to her thieving husband is to her front door.

In the hilarious romp Going for Broke Victoria learns the hard way (the really quite humiliating and pathetic way, if you ask her) that a life filled with private jets, society galas and millions of dollars is not necessarily one worth mourning. And that sometimes stripping life down to the bare essentials is the way to find your true worth.

Product Details

  • File Size: 429 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X82S8S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #510,470 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you kidding me..... September 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I really hope that the other reviewers are friends of this author. Otherwise I suspect that it might be the first book they've ever read. Not only was the book disjointed, poorly written and hard to read, but it was also a huge lesson in what's wrong with the English departments in our schools. There were so many grammatical and spelling errors that it made my skin crawl. I do not have a perfect command of the english language, but the mistakes in this book are blatantly obvious. Just having another person read this before it was put up for public viewing would have helped. I hope. With so many resources at our fingertips I would hope that this and any other author would be able to clean up the mistakes. Just a couple examples...Chapter 21, "Victoria was surprised to see what looked like actual mothers handing out in the park with their kids." Handing, really? A quick reread would have found that. Also in Chapter 21, "or he would dive right next to her at 5 mph," I could make a list a mile long with examples like this and of grammatical errors, but that's enough.

As far as the characters go, I found Victoria to be a weak woman. She ran home to Mom the moment things got tough and then preceded to spend an inordinate amount of time on the couch. And consequently went back to that state every time something real or perceived happened. Mike could have said a hundred times she was an "amazing woman" which he might have, but that didn't make it any more real.

This was a library book and I really feel like I should be able to get my September pick back. I finished it because I don't ever like to stop reading a book in the middle, but I feel like I might just be a little less smart because of it.
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None September 30, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This author is in desperate need of an editor. Half of the sentences are nonsensical comma splices. Even if the grammar wasn't atrocious, the shallow characters, trite plotline, and unintelligible main character would doom this book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Fun! September 5, 2012
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I rarely give 5 stars (this is my first), but this is a gem!
Enjoyable writing style and light-hearted story: a twist on poor, little rich girl.
I even fell in love with the main character, initially a self-involved, shallow snob who evolves into a loving mother and a relatively self-sufficient woman.
If I had one criticism, it would be the happy-ever-after type ending with another man--one of several (including her husband) who pursues her . . . but then I'm not romantic (this book doesn't fall within the romance genre either).

Language: ** (2 out of 5 where 1 = no profanity; 5 = PROFANE.)
Sex: ** (2 out of 5 where 1 = no sex; 5 = porn.)
Violence: * (1 out of 5 where 1 = no violence; 5 = VIOLENT!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's A Long Fall From Riches to Rags. September 26, 2012
By Teeker
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Victoria and her husband Trip live the "perfect" life in NYC. Designer clothes and shoes, staff to take care of them, an endless round of parties and events, and everything that money can buy. Until the fateful day that there is a knock on the door and armed men enter the apartment. Oddly enough, it is not a burglary but FBI agents who have come to seize their property. Victoria is in shock when they are allowed to take very few of their possessions. It is a short time later that she finds that her funds have been cut off, too. What's a newly penniless girl to do? The only option that is open is to return to the wealthy town where she grew up - on the wrong side of the tracks - and spent a lifetime trying to forget and never planned to return to. As she shows up on her mother and stepfather's door step she begins the process of being in survival mode and learns that her trappings of wealth might not be all that they were cracked up to be.

The story line moves along nicely and the portrayal of the wealthy, snooty Victoria who is brought down several pegs was quite good. Some nice humorous banter peppered the story and made you smile. A pleasant read all around, even if her relationship with the FBI agent who is assigned to follow her is unrealistic. I would read other books written by this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Fun!! September 7, 2012
By mamaKim
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What a great book! Victoria begins the book as an snooty New Yorker and is brought down to reality, unexpectedly. The outcome is fun, adventerous and full of up and down emotions that are really relatable. It is great to see the evolving of her relationship with her children as she "comes to". The relating of the story makes you not want to finish it and leave these characters behind! Thank you for a great, fun read!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Tah_Dah
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Mildly entertaining to see how Victoria handles the fall from grace, but sad to see how she just couldn't let go of he brand obsession - even as she's adjusting to her new life, she's judging all the other women based on their apparel. I did like seeing the relationship develop with Mike but the ending was rather unsatisfactory.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Read August 30, 2012
By J Evans
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is funny and entertaining with a relevant theme. Looking forward to more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, funny read. September 2, 2012
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The character in this book was easy to relate too. She use to be poor, had lots of money, was poor again, I felt connected to this character and loved this book. Some very funny moments that made me laugh out loud. I finished this book in less than a day and highly recommend it. Makes you feel that maybe your life isn't so bad.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
never ordered
Published 6 months ago by ell
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I really enjoyed this book. I could not put it down. I liked the character development and the strength of the main character. I would recommend. Thank you.
Published 8 months ago by MaryEllen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book with disappointing ending
The disclaimer: I am a 40 something straight male. I had to occasionally skip over several paragraphs when the author was talking about clothing coordination. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Easy Read
It was a fun and easy read. A little silly here and there, but I did enjoy it. The main character finally gets what she wants but didn't realize what she wanted until the end.
Published 10 months ago by qblock
4.0 out of 5 stars Awww, a puppy. Really?
This was a fun romp with all the right elements. Missed five stars because of a very few proofreading errors that didn't detract from the story.
Published 12 months ago by Ezzie
1.0 out of 5 stars Wow what a let down
I couldn't even get that far into the book. First six pages i was like wow really where is the book. How are you suppose to get into this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by sabrina
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
This was really an entertaining book- so much so that this is actually the 2nd time I read it! I read it first a few months ago and then the other day I saw it as I was scrolling... Read more
Published 12 months ago by LISA CROSA TIZON
5.0 out of 5 stars very good book. keeps you reading
very good book. keeps you reading; hardly want to put the book down. The story gets more interesting and you become eager to find out what's next
Published 13 months ago by Claudia Martin
2.0 out of 5 stars An Editing Disaster
This wasn’t a bad book…a tad on the predictable side (oh okay, a lot on the predictable side) but I enjoyed the characters a lot (especially Victoria) but I could only give this... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nikole Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars quite engrossing read
I really enjoyed reading this rich girl-poor girl story up until the ending. It left me waiting for more least there could have been an epilogue!
Published 16 months ago by Jen Bou
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More About the Author

Nina Howard has been writing Women's Contemporary Fiction for over 10 years. "Going for Broke" is her first e-book. Nina has background as an advertising copywriter and the mother of three children, and enjoys both reading and writing great Chick Lit.


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