Monday, June 2, 2014

A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold, #1) by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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.

"Gilbert's writing is smooth and engaging, and she explores emotional issues with grace."--Julie Kibler, international bestselling author of Calling Me Home

"With a unique feel for one woman's struggle to heal the wounds of broken trust, A Woman of Fortune delves deftly into the meaning of family, the bonds of love, and the healing power of faith."--Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Wildwood Creek and The Prayer Box

"I couldn't look away . . . Kellie Coates Gilbert takes an engrossing, all-too-real story of crime and greed and surprises us with a tribute to the overcoming power of true love."--Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, The Belle of All Things Southern and author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

"An emotionally complex story . . . [that] inspires us to explore our own hearts and our ability to survive painful challenges with our souls intact."--Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move

About The Author

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

My Review:

Talk about not putting a book down, A Woman of Fortune, was that for me, once I started, it was read until all was answered. I really enjoyed the ending, and all the rest of this great book.
With the Bernie Maddoff story fresh in my mind, this put a family I got to know, going through the same thing. Guess the name of the game is Greed, and how the innocent end up paying. We begin by watching these people with no money worries, and how money really doesn’t mean anything to them. I can’t even imagine, having that much, and sure enough we find it does not bring happiness. Once that evil ball starts rolling, and the crimes start, it gathers no moss, and keep on going until it is smashed to little pieces. A metaphor for what happens to the Massey family.
How do you feel sorry for them? Yes, a mention in the book of the Madoff family, and one of the sons committing suicide, you have to wonder how all are going to end up here. Claire the wife, her exquisite taste, and being the perfect wife to the cattle baron Tuck. Tuck, was so deep into his crimes, and not one of his loved ones knew, how could that be, and yes you will be wondering.
Will this family survive? Will they ever be able to hold their heads high? Will any of them end up with relationship? You will even be surprised how far Tuck reached, and how many people were swindled. Will it ever end? Can anyone even use the word forgiveness here? The answers are all here, and as I said once you open the covers you won’t be able to leave this one alone until you turn the last page.

I received this book through Revell Publishing Book Bloggers Tour, and was not required to give a positive review

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