The Money Tree

Fiction - Fantasy - General
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 12/31/2013
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Author Biography

Helen Yeomans was born in England and raised in Canada. She worked in book publishing in Toronto and London, then launched her own firm, providing editing and later writing services to corporate clients worldwide. She began writing fiction more than 20 years ago.

Her first novel, "Owen's Day" was originally written to build on the success of an earlier nonfiction book, "The Christmas Carol Handbook" published in 1987. Owen's Day was published in 2011.

Her second novel, "Ang Tak" ("Little Tiger"), was published in March 2012, the story of an amateur golfer and his caddy at the Masters.

In November 2013 came "The Money Tree," about a close-knit family living on the Gulf Islands of British Columbia, and their unusual trees. The story explores the stability of paper money and family.

Helen Yeomans is currently working on her fourth novel. In addition to writing, she is an avid golfer, and enjoys movies, singing and classical music.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Eileen Johnson for Readers' Favorite

The prologue to The Money Tree by Helen Yeomans is set in the future “a few years from now” and describes how the Juniperus lucre tree, or the money tree, has become established world-wide. The rest of The Money Tree tells the story about how the Frisby family discovered the tree, nurtured it and finally distributed it. George Frisby is a horticulturist who found an amazing tree on a trip to the Amazon. His wife, Jane, has a magical voice that can soothe the trees and make them do her bidding. Their daughter Daphne, or Daffy, is a bright teenager who wants to save the world and believes that sharing the money tree is a way to do this. Young son Mike is the entrepreneur of the family who believes there are soakers and soakees in the world – and he is determined to be a major soaker.

In The Money Tree, Yeomans has taken a simple idea and made it seem like a very real possibility. The Frisby family is extremely likable despite, or maybe because of, their idiosyncrasies. The dialogue is smart and interesting and provides an insight into how the money world really might work. The descriptions of the money trees are fascinating as the family figures out how to make the trees produce consistently good money that can be used to produce good results. The story line about the problems with the smell of the money kept me laughing – even as the authorities used that problem to find the family. The Money Tree takes an unlikely premise and makes you believe that it is possible.


By Nanakulikane on December 16, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
For you financial or economist theory gurus, this will tickle your fancy. It also will give an entertaining read for those of us from the Northwest in Canada. It makes you think on many levels, love, greed, government control, growing up, independent gardeners, really the whole shebang. Wonderful story for commuters to forget the grind and tickle your independent psyche. 4 1/2 Stars on my scale, although Amazons rating system can't plug that in. Very enjoyable

Julie Curtis

A quirky and funny "what if" story about a lovable family who discover how to grow money trees

This is writer Helen Yeoman’s third book. She is a very talented, visual writer and I could envision this novel being turned into a fantasy film along the lines of "The Secret of Roan Inish", "Nanny McPhee", or "Babe". And the fact that it takes place on a Gulf Island in British Columbia makes it easy to believe in this character-driven, slightly out of whack Frisby world. If you’re interested in a story that is both funny and thought-provoking, "The Money Tree" is a guaranteed entertaining read.