From the best-selling author of Lottery comes a new novel about greed, survival, and what's really important in life.
At the bottom of the heap, there's nowhere to go but up.
Waitress Tammy Tyree knows this intimately. Her life is a continual struggle of managing an eccentric uncle, looking after a younger brother who's not quite right, and doing everything she can to keep her family together in the small town of Spring, Washington. But Tammy has a couple of things going for her no matter how dire things get. She's tenacious and has her own take on karma. She believes the more unfortunate things that happen to a person, the more that person is due for a windfall. Each and every misfortune is a further guarantee that a golden opportunity is just around the corner.
When Tammy receives a confidential e-mail about an inheritance that's hers to claim, she's certain her ship has come in. Just a few details need to be ironed out, like a small matter of some fees to pay, bank forms to fill out, and taxes to remit, but she knows each complication brings her closer to that golden goose of egg-laying renown.
What starts as a personal quest ends up embroiling Tammy and everyone she holds dear in a scheme that could be the financial downfall of them all or the rescue of a small town that's slowly but surely falling through the cracks.
©2014 Patricia Wood (P)2015 Patricia Wood
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5 out of 5 stars
By Norma Miles on 31-03-18

I'm gonna be rich!

Tammy Tyree lives in a trailer in the small town of Spring with her 15 years old autistic brother and the uncle who took the in when they were orphaned some years before. It's not easy to be a Tyree: the family has a reputation of being thrives and ne'er-do-wells. But Tammy works really hard to keep everything together. As well as being a waitress at the local café, she keeps hens to sell the eggs, cleans houses, moves trash - in fact anything to keep up with the incoming bills. But she's failing. Then, like a miracle, she receives an official looking email from someone in Africa telling her that she is to inherit five million dollars from a remote missionary family member. Trouble is, she first has to send him five hundred dollars ...

This delightful and silly story is simply delicious. Told in the first person from Tammy's perspective, the reader has full access to her hopes and fears, her optimistic naive belief in herself and her uncle and, above all, her love for her brother, who she alone is able to understand when he speaks and around whom her whole life is focused. The characterisations are well written and then further developed by Michelle Babb's superb narration. Her voicings of each of the townspeople as well as the main protagonists is distinct and individual but it is the ongoing conversations which Tammy has both with herself and others that really make her character come alive. A mention, too, must be made of Ms.Babb's wonderful interpretation of the speech of the autistic teenage brother.
A perfect pairing of the author's vision and the narrator's interpretation.

This is a fun book, easy to read, filled with humour but also looking at the way in which money, or the promise of it, can change people's perceptions. Like an iceberg, there is far more here than is shown. It felt as if the reader was simultaneously travelling internally with Tammy whilst looking down at the townsfolk and happenings of Spring. Sometimes laugh out loud, it is also poignant and, just occasionally, sad.

A lovely book which delivered far more than expected and which will stay with this reader well into the future.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara Niña on 12-11-16

Epic Disaster!

This book will take you on one hell of an adventure! It all begins with an elusive email from a doctor in Botswana. If Tammy Tyree follows his instructions, wiring money through to him, she will attain 5 million dollars (a fortune she supposedly inherited).

Awesome, but we've all encountered this sort of 'scam', pop- up email, at some point or another. But for Tammy this is her first, and she's a gullible young thing: she signs herself up. And as you'd expect, money begins to disappear from her account. To the point that, she can't fulfil all the instructions, she can't pay the doctor for his services in getting her fortune to her. This is when it all spirals out of control: Tammy's secret is out, and all of a sudden her whole town wants to help out. They invest in her fortune, and they invest A LOT. But she has the most to lose, as a struggling waitress holding down four jobs and on the constant search for more, she doesn't have a lot as it is. Then, there's her little brother who's already been subjected to a tough life, because of his autism. Just how will she manage wben faced with an empty account, and no fortune to be found? What a mess! How will she break it to her friends or, rather, investors? Is she herself just a scam artist?

This book was indeed hilarious: the absurdity of Tammy's gullibility was astounding. The ending was a shock. In all honesty, whem I heard the storyline I didn't think this would be quite an engaging story- I figured it would be a depressing story with down on their luck characters. This was not the case, at all. Tammy's gullibility and optimism, against pretty much anything (but not everything) she faced was incredible. All in all, it was written well. You can count on laughing at every strange event or occurrence: for the Tyree clan, trouble is an inevitability you just have to deal with. All they really are is misunderstood. Or perhaps, I'm just a little gullible ;)

I loved the story, it was also excellently narrated. This has to be one of Michelle Babb's best works. I've been listening to this audio book for over a week, I'd have finished it sooner had I had the time. But, with most audio books, the narration detracts from your enjoyment. From all of Michelle's work, I can't recall this being the case. Her voice was fitting, and she did the characters justice, considering just how difficult they must have been.

I received this audio book from the narrator, free of charge, for the purpose of writing an honest review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By 1-Click Junkie on 09-08-15

A TERRIFIC Funny Story with Terrific Narration

Narration - Michelle Babb - Kick A$$
If you've read many of my reviews, I don't really give a lot of audiobooks the "Kick A$$" narration rating, but I've had a couple back to back listens that were really stellar, with this being one of them. Michelle does such a great job of embodying the character of Tammy Tyree! I don't own a kindle copy of the book, so I couldn't tell you if her narration of what 'bug' says is accurate, but it was terrific and natural and flowed as if you were listening to the actual conversations between Tammy and her very special little brother Jar (aka bug). She really captured the personalities of these folks from this small town. Fabulous job!!!

As for the book! OMG! This was a terrifically absurd story (Truly, I believe, enhanced by the narration). Tammy Tyree receives one of those emails claiming that she's due a substantial inheritance from a long lost missionary relative, complete with the broken but wordy explanations of the importance of the sender, his title, his role in assisting her in retrieving her inheritance and all the steps she must go through (which of course become innumerable) in order to rightfully claim the money she's due.

The book pokes fun at the naivety of Tammy, her family and some other gullible town folk who wish to invest in helping her claim her inheritance as well as the email scam community itself. I'm not going to say that I was laughing out loud while listening to this book, but I was, I don't know, Joyful? Most certainly smiling the whole time I was listening. (Except during the big Jar incident near the end) And I found myself telling anyone who would listen about the terrific book I was listening to. And I didn't do it justice, because alas, I'm not a writer. Patricia Wood, however, is! A very terrific writer and she had me loving this little gem from start to finish. Such a great listen! Highly Recommend!

I received this audiobook free of charge from Audiobookblast, in exchange for an unbiased review

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 06-12-15

Payola or Scam?

Could a whole town be as backward? If you are able to suspend reality and go with the cute humor of this funny story about a town of feeble minded folk, then you may enjoy this escape from reality. An e-mail traps a young girl and eventually others into an inheritance scam that snowballs out of control.

I was not sure if I could swallow the dim witted behavior of the main character at first, but the further I got into the story the more believable and endearing she and her autistic brother became. The rest of the well developed, odd, original characters kept me interested and amused. A fun romp into Hicksville with just a bit of "Carl Hiaasen's like", type of strange humor.

Michelle Babb's narrative was excellent. She captured the essence of each character and added to each of their personalities.

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