Sunday, June 01, 2014

My Review - A Woman of Fortune

5 out of 5 stars
A WOMAN OF FORTUNE was an amazing read!
Texas socialite, Claire Massey, has everything.  An amazing husband that dotes on her, three terrific children, designer clothes, luxury cars, a stunning home, and her only worry is matching the right shoes to the right outfit.  That is, until her husband is arrested in what may be the biggest cattle fraud case in history.
Claire barely has time to take a breath before her perfect world crumbles into moments of heartache, loss, and humiliation.  She feels betrayed by her husband, and stupid for not seeing the signs of his demise.  Her love for him is so strong, she doesn’t think twice about standing by him while her family is stripped of everything.  Garrett, her oldest son, distances himself from his father so he isn’t implicated in his scams, and in the process deserts Claire.  Their daughter, Lainie’s own life is in shambles because of her father’s crimes.  She abandons her family and spirals into her own darkness. But Max, the family underachiever, stands by his mother and helps her navigate what is left of her life.  Claire insists on looking at the positive.  With her husband’s full cooperation, he is promised a light sentence, even if he has to give up all his assets to pay for his crimes.  Claire is willing to wait out his sentence and rebuild her life with the man she loves.  That is, until their future is no longer secured. 
A WOMAN OF FORTUNE was so enthralling, I couldn’t put it down.  Ms. Gilbert did an amazing job fleshing out dynamic characters.  Because of the love Claire had for Tuck, I understood her need to stand by him, and hated it when more was piled on her. The reactions of Garrett, Lainie, and Max, were all understandable, but even still, my heart broke for what it did to Claire.  Even in Claire’s self-examination and self-blame, I wanted to pull her aside and assure her she wasn’t to blame.  I didn’t want her to take the blame for what her husband did, and I applauded her for wanting to stand by the man she knew and fell in love with so many years ago.  A great book. A great story of true love and forgiveness.  And I loved the way, in the end, Ms. Gilbert revealed to us the true heart of Reece Sandell. Great touch.
Book provided for review purposes.

Available June 2014 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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