Paula Welch

A River Of Fortune

What would you do if you found £1.2 million in a Devonshire river?

Maggie Malloy was a shy and predictable young woman, who found herself one day at a crossroads. The cruel death of a dear friend had left Maggie saddened, depressed and angry. But during a long walk along a Devonshire river, Maggie makes an amazing discovery. Life had just bestowed upon Maggie an appealing opportunity, albeit illegal.

Discovering a case full of money in the river, Maggie makes a life-changing decision – she keeps it. Maggie hatches a plan, and with the help of her four endearing friends; Morwenna, Anaya, Chloe, and Julie she sets her plan in motion by giving the money away to the people of Friars Meadow, a town she has lived in all her life, and to restore it to its past glory. Maggie’s life-changing decision will start the five women on a journey of enlightenment, charity, and danger.

Through Maggie’s journey, she learns the value of friendship and more importantly, how to live again. Not only do Maggie’s fortunes blossom, but so do those of her friends. The four friends have the time of their lives as Maggie’s plan is put into action. Morwenna, Anaya and Julie become the trustees of a Trust, set up by Maggie, in honour of their dead friend, while Maggie helps Chloe become the next town councillor before seeking the position of Mayor. Although there are some in town who distrust what the women are doing and start to investigate their activities.


Yet best laid plans start to unravel as those who stole the case are still looking for it and will stop at nothing to retrieve it. Unbeknown to Maggie, a small black box inside the case is far more valuable than the money itself and if it fell into the wrong hands could spell disaster for the government.

However, it isn’t just dangerous criminals who are searching for the case, the British intelligence agency, GCHQ are also searching for it. Jonathan Swift, a senior analyst has been assigned the task of finding it before it ends up in the wrong hands. His investigation will eventually lead him to Maggie’s door. But will Jonathan be able to save Maggie and her friends before it’s too late. Will Maggie be able to outmanoeuvre all threats and risk losing everything she holds dear? Who will find Maggie first?


I would like to thank my niece Sophie for her beautiful drawings in A River of Fortune, and another thank you to Emma for all her help over the last year.

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What People Say

“Exciting read! Unique plot. Interesting, well developed characters! Keeps you engaged until the very end!
You’ll not regret reading this tale!”

“It took a while to get into this book but well worth the time… Brilliant, funny, interesting but all the characters are marvelous. The author knows about people and this makes the book entertaining. Well done!”

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story with unique twists.

“I enjoyed this novel so much. Although it is based upon crime it is positively happy and fun. I recommend it.”

– Peggy

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed the format of this story

“It was very refreshing to have glimpses of the future for most of the characters as the book progressed…a different approach and appreciated. Always very satisfying when good triumphs over evil, as it does in this book.”

– Teagen

“It was amazing!”

1. Soft writing 
2. Interesting concept
3. Love story in between
4. Well placed characters

– Vivek Nagar