Riley is tired of making New Year's resolutions she knows she won't keep, so when her mother insists on each member of the family making their yearly resolution, Riley decides to keep it simple. She is going to save all her pennies for the year and use them to buy herself something nice. Her lavish dreams quickly scale down when she realizes how slowly the pennies add up. Soon she decides to donate the money to help with cancer research. When others find out about her resolution, the money begins to pore in. As she works on this project she meets Paul, a grumpy bank teller and starts receiving notes and pennies from a secret admirer.
Spare Change by Aubrey Mace is a lighthearted tale with something for everyone. The characters are well written and fun to read. Riley is a likable character with plenty of interesting quirks. The story moves along at a brisk pace, and even though Riley learns and grows through the story, the author manages this without getting preachy. I do wish the romance had been a little more developed but all in all, this was a fun book and a totally clean romance.