by Ellen Won Steil
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Pub Date 1 Oct 2023 | Archive Date 15 Oct 2023
In this explosive novel about a decades-old mystery, shocking revelations of the past and the secrets of three women will be spilled when a small Midwest town announces a DNA lottery.
One drop of blood for a chance at a multimillion-dollar windfall. Is it a philanthropic gesture from a billionaire widow? Some suspect a darker motive behind the DNA lottery—one tied to the eighteen-year-old mystery of an infant’s unidentified remains that mars the history of idyllic Rosemary Hills, Iowa. Right after the blood lottery is announced, three local women fall under suspicion of knowing something about that night, and their carefully kept secrets threaten to spill out too.
Cleo is a divorced single mom forced to return to her hometown and accept a strange job reading to an invalid recluse; Jemma is a controversial state senator whose reelection campaign and teenage daughter have her on edge; and Alex, a divorce attorney, copes with a crumbling marriage of her own and the suffocating presence of a cold, overbearing mother.
Soon, unimaginable revelations of the past will collide with the present—and not just for Cleo, Jemma, and Alex. In this seemingly ordinary community, they aren’t the only ones with long-buried secrets.
A Note From the Publisher
“The unique premise of a DNA lottery had me hooked from the very first pages! Ellen Won Steil’s Fortune is an emotionally written tale demonstrating what happens when the power of a woman with the wealth and drive to find out the truth is pitted against three friends from high school with secrets to hide. The suspense culminates with the inevitable countdown to the DNA lottery.” —Georgina Cross, author of Nanny Needed, One Night, and The Stepdaughter
“With an irresistible premise that gets more unsettling by the page, Fortune is so much more than a random game of chance. Every ticket is a potential clue; every character has a fiercely guarded secret. You won’t be able to look away until the final name is drawn.” —Jessica Strawser, author of A Million Reasons Why
“This emotional and tense debut held me locked in its grip through each rollercoaster twist! Steil's confident prose immerses the reader in a small town's past—and the lives of four formidable women—using the modern premise of blood for money in way I did not see coming. Clear your weekend then prepare to be sucked into the heart-stopping secrets of Fortune.” —Elle Marr, Amazon Charts bestselling author of The Family Bones