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Money Can't Buy Love Hardcover – June 27, 2011

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"Known for her skill in developing realistic characters, Briscoe has outdone herself in her depiction of Lenora...Money Can't Buy Love is an excellent summer read..."―Philadelphia Inquirer

"Fans of Briscoe, frothy chick lit, and African American pop fiction will enjoy this as a quick summer read."―Library Journal

"It is an entertaining story that leaves you feeling pretty good about your cash-strapped existence."―The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"One of the spiciest novels of the summer... A talented storyteller on matters of the heart, Briscoe taunts us with the convincing and complex character, Lenora Stone."―Examiner.com

"Money Can't Buy Love grabs the reader's interest and won't let go."―http://sweetsoulsisters.weebly.com/

"Riveting...lively...hilarious...three sisters who are remarkably different except in one respect: their men are driving them crazy."―Mademoiselle on SISTERS & LOVERS

"Humorous, poignant, realistic, and romantic...finely crafted...[SISTERS & LOVERS] skillfully uses witty but realistic dialogue to keep the story moving along...recommended."―Library Journal on SISTERS & LOVERS

"Entirely readable...Briscoe's message is a warm one."―The Washington Post Book World on SISTERS & LOVERS

"Briscoe uses her skill as a talented storyteller to deliver just the right touch of intrigue."―Publishers Weekly on SISTERS & LOVERS

"An entertaining romp...thoroughly and delightfully enjoyable...Briscoe paints a vivid picture of the haves, the have-nots, and the gonna-gets, as they mix and mingle in this social jambalaya."―Black Issues Book Review on P.G. COUNTY

"Bubbles over with enough dirty dealings...drama ensues for one and all."―Honey Magazine on P.G. COUNTY

About the Author

Connie Briscoe has been a full-time published author for more than ten years. Born with a hearing impairment, Connie never allowed that to stop her from pursuing her dreams...writing. Since she left the world of editing to become a writer, Connie has hit the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists.

Connie lives with her family in Maryland.

For more information visit www.conniebriscoe.com/

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1 edition (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446534846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446534840
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Fiction:
--Money Can't Buy Love (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette)
--Sisters and Husbands (Grand Central Publishing/Hachette)
--Can't Get Enough (Doubleday)
--PG County (Doubleday)
--A Long Way From Home (HarperCollins)
--Big Girls Don't Cry (HarperCollins)
--Sisters and Lovers (HarperCollins)

Nonfiction:
Jewels: 50 Phenomenal Black Women Over 50

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Monique VINE VOICE on June 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ooooh - I couldn't put it down. There's drama - Lenora's been dating her boyfriend for 3 years and he still won't commit. Her 2 best friends don't help - or maybe they do - since they keep telling her to find someone else who will. Lenora has a hard time making it to work on time and she's in trouble with her boss. So when she goes from living paycheck to paycheck to being a multi-millionaire, she expects for all of her troubles to disappear - but they only seem to magnify. With her help.

We're watching Lenora navigate the turbulent waters of post-millionaire status relationships, careers, and sense of self. She doesn't always react the way we'd like to, and at times it's like watching a train wreck - both the devastation and the voyeurism, but boy is this a compelling read.

I truly enjoyed the way Connie Briscoe puts the story together - the first chapter starts after Lenora has won the lottery, and in the second chapter the reader is taken back to her life before the winnings. I think all the elements came together in this one, although I wasn't sure how neatly it would be wrapped up in the end. But the characters were well-developed, the plot kept me guessing, although there were a few cliche scenes, and the dialogue was action-packed.

I haven't read Connie Briscoe in several years and I'm glad I chose to pick up another of her books. I can see the maturity of the author in this one. I liked it a lot.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on June 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Baltimore Scene magazine photographer Lenora Stone feels like a failure in her personal life especially when she takes pictures of the city's upper crust, which she wants to join. Instead she is living pay check to pay check pushing off bills due in a condo not much bigger than a closet. Her boyfriend Gerald refuses to move their relationship to a more intimate level and her boss Dawna is on her case to do more starting with her shoot of Ray the landscaper.

Although Lenora knows Dawna meant pictures, she wants to do more personally with the hunk. When Lenora wins $5 million in the Maryland lottery, she believes her luck has changed and she will be the one in the photos. Gerald asks her to marry her and Lenora has an affair with Ray. However, she runs through her winnings in rapid time as she buys a mansion and opens a studio as well as other high-priced luxurious items. While her long time friends worry about Lenora's changes, she kicks them to the curb seeking the rich and famous.

Although the plot is thin, readers will enjoy Connie Briscoe's morality tale of a woman who learns the hard way that money cannot buy happiness if one allows the glitter of gold to dump one's self worth values. Fans will dislike Lenora yet the talent of Ms. Briscoe is by the end, we will roots for the protagonist to discard her greed and regain her self worth. Mindful of pro athletes, fans will agree that Money Can't Buy Love, but also realize micro economics is a key factor in self esteem and long time relationships.

Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Blue on October 18, 2011
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I am a fan of Connie Briscoe, however this time, "she missed the mark." This book is not only predictable, the road map is laid out in the beginning, and the reader simply has to keep asking..."can this woman really be this stupid??" I personally hate to see African-American women (or, any women for that matter)portrayed as "low self-esteemed, mindless, sex-crazed buffoons" but if that is what you are looking for, this book will not disappoint.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sid on August 12, 2011
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I've been a Briscoe fan for a long time. I especially enjoy the books that feature PG County MD, an area I know very well. I anxiously awaited this book and boy was I disappointed. She phoned this one in. No character development, no depth. Why did Lenora have such low self esteem? I just didn't get it. This felt like yet another story about weak Black women who make poor choices. I know winning the lottery doesn't always mean happily ever....but this could have, should have, been a better story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cyrus Webb TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
From the first book that I read by bestselling author Connie Briscoe (P.G.County) until the new title MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE there are two things that I have come to expect. One is that the author can tell a story that anyone no matter where they live or what they look like can relate to, and secondly that the book will keep my attention from beginning to end.

In MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE we meet Lenora Stone and get to see her life as many of us view our own. She is a woman that is dealing with the day-to-day struggles of life, a relationship that doesn't seem to be going the direction she had hoped and a future which seems uncertain. As many people think about what their lives would be like if they were to strike it rich or win the lottery, this is exactly what happens when Lenora's finances make a change for the better---but it is the rest of her life that seems unsure of whether the addition of money is good thing or not.

MONEY CAN'T BUY LOVE takes us into the realities of what happens when people who aren't ready for a change experience it and how they have to try and survive in the whirlwind created by their own choices. For Lenora this means understanding what is really importance and what is the price she is willing to pay not just for happiness but piece of mind.

This is a book that is just in time for the summer when one makes time for casual reading, but I feel as though it is one that people will be reaching for again and again. Once again Connie Briscoe has shone where love may not really have a price there is nothing that takes the place of a well-written book.
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