Monday, May 26, 2014

Review: One Broke Girl by Rhonda Helms

One Broke Girl by Rhonda Helms
(Edgewood Falls #1) 

Publication date: April 7th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Anna Parker’s life disintegrates with one phone call. Her dad’s selling their ritzy New York City condo because her Wall Street banker mom emptied their bank account and ran off with another man. Which means Anna has to drop out of her elite college and move with Dad back to their small Ohio hometown. Anna’s determined to reclaim her life ASAP, so she’ll use the next few months to save money, help Dad get back on his feet, and find and confront her mom.

But Anna doesn’t anticipate things going so wrong. The only job she can get is working as a lunch lady in an elementary school. Their money-pit duplex is falling apart around their feet. And her dad is depressed without her mom, who’s proving hard to find.

One bright spot in the chaos is Gavin Metcalf, a kindergarten teacher she dated when they were young teens. With his easy wit and sexy smiles, he makes her forget her stresses—and the fact that her boyfriend Steven back in New York doesn’t know the truth yet about her dire circumstances. When past and present collide, Anna has to decide where her future lies…

Anna comes from a life of privilege until her whole world falls apart. Her mother leaves her father high and dry out of the blue. Her father is devastated over the whole thing and pretty much shuts down emotionally and retreats into himself. It falls onto Anna's shoulders to take on a more parental role and help her father pack up, move and start over in their original home town.

At first I wasn't sure if this was a believable plot of a rich girl turned working girl, but as the story went on and you watch Anna grow as a person - from being spoiled to working hard for what she has, learning how quick your rich friends drop you and how fake their friendships might have truly been to making new friends who accept you no matter when you come from or what you do. 

It's a great story of life's challenges and overcoming obstacles. And it also has a sexy and steamy romance tossed into the mix. Her boyfriend from elementary school just happens to be single and smoking hot. They develop quite a habit of heavy flirting and you have to see whether she sticks with her perfect boyfriend from back in New York or goes for the sexy, kindergarten teacher.

I'm looking forward to the next installment to see what happens next for Anna. 

Check out my interview with Rhonda here!

About the Author:
Rhonda Helms started writing several years ago. She has a Master's degree in English and a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing. She also edits for Carina Press (an imprint of Harlequin Publishing) and freelance edits.

When she isn't writing, she likes to do amateur photography, dig her toes into the sand, read for hours at a time, and eat scads of cheese. WAY too much cheese.

Rhonda lives in Northeast Ohio with her family.


  1. Oooh, love the sound of this one-just added it to my TBR list!

    1. It is and it was a quick read. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.


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