O, Money! Money! financially sound fun from the glad girl author

Eleanor H. Porter recovered from writing two Pollyanna novels with the 1918 publication of Oh Money! Money! a rollicking tale that makes “the glad girl” look downright dull.

It also manages to make good financial sense.

Stacks of money with surprinted message that money won't buy happiness unless exchanged for things that will bring happiness

Oh, Money! Money! A Novel by Eleanor H. Porter

Helen Mason Grose, illus. 1918 bestseller #5. Project Gutenberg ebook #5962.
My grade: B+.

At age 52, bachelor Stanley G. Fulton knows he should name an heir to his $20 million.

His only family are three cousins named Blaisdell whom he’s never met.

He decides to them each $100,000 a test of their ability to manage a sudden windfall.

Calling himself John Smith, a man doing research into the history of the Blaisdell family,  Stan travels east to Hillerton and becomes a boarder with his cousin Fred’s family.

His research allows “Mr.Smith” entree into the homes of all his relatives so he can see how each recipient handles a windfall.

His unassuming personality soon has them accepting his presence at every discussion of family business.

Stan is introduced to “Poor Maggie,” a relative by marriage whose good sense and empathy make her a favorite with everyone in Hillerton.

Unlike the Pollyanna novels that sound forced, Money! sparkles.

“Mr. Smith” and “Poor Maggie” don’t have to play a glad game: They’re mature people who’ve learned how to be content.

And the three Blaisdell households’ different attitudes toward money reflect small town America into the 1930s.

© 2016 Linda Gorton Aragoni

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Linda G. Aragoni

I make big ideas simple for learners. In eight sentences, 34 words, I taught teens and adults to write competently. Now I'm writing guides to turn willing volunteers into great nursing home visitors.

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