Title: Spare Change
Author: Aubrey Mace
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Release Date: April, 2008
Size: 210 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″, paperback
Genre: General, Romance
New Year’s resolutions are one of Riley’s least favorite things—until this year.
Twenty-three and single, Riley thinks resolutions should be fun, not hard. Just before midnight, she vows to make the easiest resolution ever: save her pennies and at the end of the year, buy something nice for herself. Easy! …Or is it?
Working at a cancer treatment center can change one’s perspective, and before long Riley decides to donate her extra money to cancer research rather than reward herself. At first her resolution is her own secret, but all too soon the nurses figure out her plan, and then things really begin to get out of hand!
As people through the hospital, and then the town, begin to get involved, Riley finds herself at the front of the fund-raising campaign. She also finds herself face-to-face with Paul, the grouchy but cute bank teller. But can she overcome the memory of a failed relationship—and can he do the same? And who is the secret admirer who keeps leaving pennies and notes for her to find?
Aside from a million pennies, every flavor of ice cream imaginable, and maybe even love, Riley is about to discover that an ordinary person can be the catalyst for extraordinary events.
I think this book should win the best romantic fiction whitney because it is a fun story with enough romance to keep it interesting AND it shows how one person can make a difference and change. I liked that the emphasis wasn’t on the romance but on character progression.