From Wall Street With Love, the debut novel from Leigh Boyer, totally satisfied my need for a juicy, quick read about love and lies in the financial world.
Protagonist Leigh is the Director of Corporate Citizenship at Metro Financial, one of the world’s largest financial service companies. The firm constantly finds itself mired in scandal, whether it be due to executives behaving badly or the company’s dark financial secrets. Amidst the seemingly constant crisis-state at her job, Leigh tries to keep a new relationship afloat with the handsome, mysterious Ashton.
The book is loosely based on the author’s own life as a former Wall Street insider. Says Boyer, “The Leigh portrayed on the pages is a facet of the real me- she’s my alter ego, so to speak.”
Boyer’s tale also deals with the financial crisis and the devastation that occurred when firms (like Metro) engaged in unethical practices, like giving loans to subprime borrowers. Boyer said it was difficult to show such a negative side of an industry that gave her a career. “I was torn,” said Boyer. “But I felt compelled to share some of the craziness that I experienced. This is an industry that needs to reinvent itself and hopefully my comments may be of use if they ever decide to engage in any self-reflection.”
The fact that this book was written by someone on the inside with actual knowledge of all the details of high-stakes corporate life made it all the more appealing to me. Boyer does a great job of letting the reader “in” to an important world that so many of us know little about.
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