Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A Woman Of Fortune~ Kellie Coates Gilbert

  • Series: Texas Gold Collection
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800722728
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722722

This  book is also available as an ebook.

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream. Her world is filled with designer clothes, luxury cars, and stunning homes. But her Neiman-Marcus lifestyle 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 start over against incredible odds to save her family–and discover a life worth living.
Poignant and emotionally gripping, A Woman of Fortune reveals the many ways we deceive ourselves and how resilience of the heart is essential to authentic living. Drawing on her experiences as a legal investigator, author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers emotionally gripping plots and authentic characters. Readers will love Claire’s unbending determination as she strives to keep her family from falling apart and learns to embrace the kind of fortune that lasts.

My take on this book:
Imagine your world changing in an instant, that's just what happens to Claire Massey. The Masseys are uber wealthy, but things change dramatically when Tucker, Claire's husband is charged with fraud. The family fortune is gone, and Tuck goes to prison. Claire has to pick up the pieces of her families life and attempt to go on. How will the family weather the financial ruin, will it pull them apart or allow them to realise what is really important in life.

It took several chapters for me to actually become invested in this story, but once I did it certainly held my attention, because I really wanted to know how things would work out for the family. I found the character of Claire very realistic and could easily understand her emotions, the hurt and betrayal, and also the embarrassment of what had happened to her family. Her determination to move on was great. While there is plenty of family drama the author also infuses snippets of humor into the story that blend perfectly. Several twists and an ending that left a few unanswered questions has me anxiously awaiting the next book in the Texas Gold series.

About the author:
    Kellie Coates Gilbert
  1. I fell for my skydive instructor (pun intended) and we’ve been married over thirty years.
  2. I appeared on the popular television game show, Price is Right.
  3. I made Ted Kennedy’s bed (as a maid at the Sun Valley Lodge).
  4. Part of my skull was temporarily stored in a cooler during brain surgery.
  5. I’ve been to a Rocky Mountain Oyster fry. (don’t ask…look it up).
  6. I’ve herded sheep.
  7. I’ve attended a presidential inaugural ball.
  8. I know how to tell the difference between a male and a female crab.
  9. My first office was in the Idaho State Capitol Building.
  10. I was a popcorn ball in my fourth grade Christmas pageant.
  11. My Gram called me her “precious puddin’ gift of God.” I’ve tried to get my husband to use that term of endearment, but he refuses.
  12. The popular doll, Barbie, and I are nearly the same age.
  13. There were sixteen students in my high school graduating class.
  14. I decided to play golf because the clothes are so cute.
  15. My life motto is: Prone to wander, chained to grace.
I barely remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand. My tiny hometown of Carey, Idaho had no library, no bookstore. The bi-weekly bookmobile provided the only avenue to books . . . that, and my Gram, who spent a lot of her Social Security checks on books for her granddaughter with an insatiable appetite for stories.
I grew up on a sheep ranch in southern Idaho, a business my family had been in for generations, never dreaming I’d ever see my own name on a novel. I left home to attend Boise State University and spent most of my adult years pursuing a sensible legal career, raising two boys, and learning to be happily married.
But God heard the quiet prayers of a woman who dared to dream big and ask her Lord for the outrageous. In early 2011, I signed my first book contract. Today, I am living my fantasy. I live in Dallas with my husband. I work from home, writing novels. Often by the pool.
Can life get any better?

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