Margaret Curlew’s fourth book Mom to Millionaire: Finding the Path to Financial Peace has overarching themes tying into the book’s title, but it is a very personal work as well. Curlew isn’t shy about sharing her personal experiences attempting to realize a better financial outlook for herself and close loved ones and her journey gives this book, certainly part of the self-help genre, a veneer of credibility it might have otherwise lacked. Her professional history buttresses her views. She traveled from a place where she had a small bank account and could not afford any indulgences into a life where she is now a specialist in income generation and a successful real estate investor. She has a Ph.D. in Business and a Master’s Degree in International Commerce. Her opinions carry the ring of truth.


The book is short, less than two hundred pages in all, and Curlew writes in short concise sentences that seldom tax readers’ attention span. Some may find her prose style a bit choppy. Others will appreciate the clarity of her presentation and the steadfast refusal to sidetrack readers with digressions benefits the book. Books of this sort are not developed in a linear fashion akin to fiction but Mom to Millionaire builds in a sensible manner for readers rather than careening haphazardly from one subject to another. Her approach is straight-forward and never “talking above” the reader’s head. Instead, Curlew presents her ideas in an easily digestible fashion.

There are a handful of visual aids included in the text providing detailed financial breakdowns of the ideas Curlew promotes. She is wise to never rely too much on visual accompaniment, her writing is the fuel powering Mom to Millionaire from beginning to end, but adding such moments enriches the overall package. Some may scoff at the idea Curlew can provide an effective overview of this subject in less than two hundred pages but her aforementioned focus and terse writing style enable her to explore complicated issues in a condensed manner.

Her advice for readers is practical rather than fanciful. She directs readers towards changes they can implement right now rather than pursuing over time. Curlew’s own example reinforces the value of her advice and there’s a spirit of genuine helpfulness pervading the text; she’s written this book to help others rather than crowing over her accomplishments or burnishing her reputation. The conversational tone of the book encourages readers to regard Curlew as their equal and the lack of any high-handed passages is another strength of Mom to Millionaire.


Books such as this are welcome in increasingly uncertain times when making the living we want for ourselves seems like a goal drifting further and further out of reach. There are many books of this ilk on the market today but Mom to Millionaire stands apart from the pack thanks to the personal touch Margaret Curlew brings to her work. This is a book with enormous potential value for readers and one you can revisit many times to glean more knowledge and ideas for how to lead the best life you can for yourself and those close to you.

Garth Thomas