Independently Wealthy

By:  Lorraine Zago Rosenthal
ISBN:  9781250040350
Publisher:  St. Martin's Press  
Publication Date:  12/02/2014 
Format:  Other
My Rating: 4 Stars
In Lorraine Zago Rosenthal's sequel to New Money, Savannah Morgan delves into the mystery of her late media mogul father’s death and uncovers more than she ever expected.
In New Money, Savannah Morgan was thrust into high society New York when she learned she was the sole heir to her media mogul father’s billion dollar fortune. In Independently Wealthy she is living her dream life on the Upper West Side, excelling at her job as an editorial assistant, and enjoying her handsome new boyfriend, Alex.
Everything in Savannah’s life should be perfect—except she can’t ignore the mystery of her father’s death. Her hopes of solving this complicated and dangerous mystery are shared by Caroline Stone—her newfound sister who is slowly becoming a friend. Savannah decides to investigate, but not everyone wants Savannah to know the truth. Her domineering older brother, Ned has his own problems, including a lingering regret over his recent divorce, the constant pressure of running the Stone media empire, and managing a playboy bachelorhood. As Savannah's quest for the truth becomes more complicated and dangerous she is led to Washington, D.C., an alluring stranger, and more surprises, trouble, and changes than she ever could have imagined.
Readers will be swept away by Savannah Morgan once again as she unravels the mystery of her father’s death on Capitol Hill with all the charm and perseverance of when she first arrived in New York City.

My Review

A special thank you to St. Martin's Press and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 
Lorraine Zago Rosenthal delivers INDEPENDENTLY WEALTHY, a fast paced intriguing and dangerous journey—a woman’s search for answers surrounding her father’s mysterious death.
As the sequel to New Money continues, Savannah learns she is now rich, and loving her new found social lifestyle and job in glamorous Manhattan. In New Money, Savannah came from a small southern South Carolina town, where she always had dreams of becoming a writer, and wanted desperately to escape the small town, where snooty debutantes have always looked down on her. (Sounds like SC)
At twenty-four she learns her real dad is Edward Stone, a billionaire media mogul who has left her his fortune, with the stipulation she move to Manhattan and work at this news corporation. (I want a father like this). So against her mother’s advice – off she goes to a world of luxury and wealth to the big city. However, there is a problem – the two half-siblings are pushed to the side (ouch). 
Now in New York, loving life, she becomes obsessed with uncovering answers surrounding her father’s death. Her father, Edward Jones, was a powerhouse and CEO of Stone Media Corporation, and Savannah, his illegitimate daughter inherits mega billions. 
Of course, now she has a half-sister, Caroline and a half-brother, Ned, to deal with and things are not simple with them; however, they are trying to develop a friendship and bond regardless of the circumstances and want to work together to solve the mystery. 
The suspense heats up revolving around this high-profile scandalous political case—there are so many suspects from the woman/affair, the husband, son, or others? However, the path they take may lead them to danger with some love interests for Savannah and surprises along the way. 
This was my first book by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, as have not read the first book in the series, NEW MONEY and now would like to go back and read it. I enjoyed the family drama and the dynamics between Savannah and her relationships: love interest (s), as well as the new siblings, while learning about the father she never knew.
The writing is tight, and fast-paced for a contemporary, witty, and heartfelt new adult novel with a likable heroine. Would recommend to younger women in their 20-30’s, who enjoy women’s fiction, drama, romance, relationships, humor and chick lit with a little intriguing mystery mixed in. 
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