Friday, June 24, 2016

A Woman of Fortune 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.

        A Woman of Fortune is the first book in Kellie Coates Gilbert’s Texas Gold series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed the very different storyline this book took—I can easily say I’ve never read anything like it—and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I have to say, I wasn’t exactly fond of the ending when I first read it, partly because it wasn’t necessarily the way I wanted things to go, but once I was able to spend some time just thinking about and mulling over the book, I eventually realized just how perfect the way Kellie ended it was.
        Claire Massey is an extremely strong character. Her grace and strength through the trials her family faces throughout the course of this book is astounding, and the way she treats her fallen husband at the very end of this book takes more guts than I will ever have in my entire lifetime. I can’t imagine going everything that she goes through, feeling all the pain that she is forced to endure, and yet coming out as brave and together as she does, and I can’t help but love Claire for that. No matter how naïve I felt like she was at the beginning of the book for not having the slightest idea of Tuck’s subterfuge, she proved herself in the end to be worthy of every ounce of my praise, and that I am sure of.
        All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and can happily give it four out of five bookshelves, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something good to read. I would give it all five bookshelves, but I just didn’t fall in love with this book, and because of my new rating policy I just couldn’t condone giving it that many bookshelves when it just didn’t meet all of my criteria (if you want to know more about my rating policy, check out my About Me page). Despite all of that, I definitely did like this story, and I know I will read more by Kellie in the future.
        Happy reading!

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All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Kellie Coates Gilbert and Revell Publishing.

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