Palm Beach – a look into the world of its uber-wealthy.
Rebecca and Mickey are a couple in their thirties with a new baby. They’re trying to make ends meet. She’s a journalist and he’s a musical theater actor who experienced a vocal cord injury that ended his career. A unique and well-paying opportunity arises for Mickey to become the estate manager for one of the uber-wealthy families in Palm Beach. Rebecca, Mickey and their young son relocate from New York to Florida to start anew. While Mickey proves to be a valuable employee for business mogul Cecil Stone, Rebecca, who writes an online column for New York Magazine on wealth inequality, now has lots of new things to write about. She is also hired to be the ghostwriter for Cecil’s wife Astrid, who is anxious to release her memoir.
Palm Beach is an interesting peek into the world of its billionaires. A world that Rebecca and Mickey at first detest yet come to see its priviledge and power. The grass always seems greener over the large hedges of the mansions we can barely see into. But is it really? The young couple has to face some major decisions that could test their moral compass. What at first appeared to be a light, fluffy story turns out to be a bit more – a commentary on wealth, class and influence. I found Mary Adkins' book to be a worthwhile read.
Rated 3.75 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: August 3, 2021.
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