- Paperback: 298 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1.0 edition (October 7, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1976365112
- ISBN-13: 978-1976365119
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The personalities in 'Money Power Love' are shaped by the world around them, turning good and bad as circumstances dictate; showing us their strengths, and showing us their frailties. It's breath-taking, literally, because it touches upon the very core of our humanity."
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"Not so much a novel, more an extended allegory on love trumping power and money, Joss Sheldon's tale also gives us the birth of banking and a potted history of the first half of the nineteenth century - all with wit and humour."
"Adventures come thick and fast... in picaresque fashion... (It) deals with matters of consequence... (with) a message worth dwelling on."
SCOTTISH LEFT REVIEW
"A roller-coaster of a tale that surges through the years... truth-bombing history on an almost pagely basis."
"It's a work of art. Sheldon creates a world in which every scent is pronounced and every scene is painted with exquisite colour. It's a tale of personalities, which explores the very extremities of human behaviour, and it's a lesson from history which takes the reader from the heart of London to the furthest reaches of the British Empire. Moreover, it's a lesson that's more relevant today than ever before."
PAK ASIA TIMES
"One of those 'unputdownable' novels. From the outset it is clear that this fictitious story, based on real life events, has an underlying moral message."
From the Back Cover
Born on three adjacent beds, a mere three seconds apart, our three heroes are united by nature but divided by nurture. As a result of their different upbringings, they spend their lives chasing three very different things: Money, power and love.
This is a human story: A tale about people like ourselves, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, who find themselves performing the most beautiful acts as well as the most vulgar.
This is a historical story: A tale set in the early 1800s, which shines a light on how bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today.
And this is a love story: A tale about three men, who fall in love with the same woman, at the very same time...
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The reader follows the lives of three men as the novel flows through the course of their experiences in love, money, and power, as the title so appropriately states. Through the book, the author makes the connection between the three men glaringly clear. I found myself constantly searching the chapters for the parallels between their lives. I really enjoyed seeing the way in which the boy's lives were affected as they went to three separate homes- victims of circumstance that would determine the paths of their lives, just like in real life. The way their childhoods related to, contributed to, and affected their relationships with money, power, and love became clear as the book progressed.
For me, the novel's pace picked up considerably when the three men united for the first time- the author did a truly wonderful job of leading each man down a path that would seemingly intersect with the other two. I appreciated their strong bond of brotherhood- it was heartfelt and a pleasure to read. While I originally thought that the overwhelming theme in this book would be the strong sense of family and brotherhood the men felt for one another, I realized as the story progresses that it dives so much deeper than that. Money, power, and love overtake these men, and become the single most important thing in each of their lives. It shapes the choices they make all through the end of the story in a remarkably fascinating way. More than the men, I loved the storyline that the character of Lola gets in this book. She was a strong character that affected each of the men in profoundly different ways. How the love story ends, you'll have to read to find out!
This book is unique, deeply intelligent, and entertaining. This book was definitely out of my box in terms of genre but I still really enjoyed it! That is the hallmark of a truly great read- across genres, ages, and styles it is considered great and this novel definitely is! I will for sure be recommending this to family and friends.
This tale, set in England in the early 1800’s, shines a light on how bankers, with the power to create money out of nothing, were able to shape the world we live in today. This is a story about three men, Archibald, Mayer and Hugo, who were born within seconds of each other and orphaned at the same time at a very tender age. As young adults, cajoled by the whimsy of circumstance, they perform acts of nobility as well as the most vulgar. These three men fall in love with the same woman at the same time. Her name is Lola, and her goal in life is to find broken men, and through her love, make them the man each was meant to be.
Archibald seeks power to win the affections of Lola so she will become his wife. He discovers that to have power without money is no power at all. Mayer strives to make money to impress Lola so she will marry him. He learns that money without power is worthless. Hugo is a bumbling fool and is delusional about his marriage to Lola. Each man has his own idea what will win her heart. This is a story of their journey set against the backdrop of the historical, political and economic rise of the British Empire.
Sheldon shows how backgrounds, nurturing, and life experiences shape our personalities and help define who we are. He also says this influences us as to how we see ourselves as well as others. However, at some point, all of us, as did Archibald, Mayer and Hugo, must take responsibility for our own actions.
Sheldon is imaginative with his descriptions, and he paints vivid settings using the five senses throughout. However, the author gives an overload of information, rambles at times, and uses an over-abundance of clichés and repetitive word phrases that detract from the story line and become monotonous and redundant.
I give Money, Power Love by Joss Sheldon a 3-star rating.
Review by: Rita Kroon, author of Letters from the Past (historical fiction) and Kiss Your Mommy Goodbye (novel on broken relationships and forgiveness)