Saturday, June 7, 2014
A Woman of Fortune - Texas Gold Collection 1 - by Kellie Coates Gilbert
About the book:
You never know what you're really made of until you lose everything.
Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream--designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family--and discover a life worth living.
Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a story both poignant and emotionally gripping that celebrates the kind of fortune that lasts.
This was an interesting story that kept my attention as we're taken behind the scenes of a huge scandal. While I felt bad for Claire and her family for her husband's betrayal, the lifestyle they lived and the money they threw around was crazy and it was a little hard to feel bad for them. The change after her husband's arrest was quite a shock as Claire has to adjust to finding a job and making a life for herself. The repercussions for her children and loved ones were horrible, too. I thought the story was well-written and the emotions were believable. I found the legal aspects interesting and I also liked that we get two of her grown children's perspectives. While the family had attended church, it seems unclear whether Claire really had a relationship with God. It seems two of her children didn't for sure and their stories felt unfinished. I was wondering if they'd show up in the next novel so we get some closure on where they end up, but there's an epilogue that takes place twenty years in the future so I'm guessing that's not the case. I was hoping for more of a spiritual awakening in the aftermath. Sometimes I felt Claire was really naive and even stupid in her thinking, but I liked her overall. Her friend, Jana Rae, was a welcome voice of humor and straight shootin' in the story. You would probably like this book if you like stories about how people react under pressure or want a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on during a scandal.
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
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Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history, giving her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.