A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold, #1)
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.

A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold, #1) Details

TitleA Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 3rd, 2014
PublisherFleming H. Revell Company
ISBN-139780800722722
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Christian, Fiction

A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold, #1) Review

  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    A Woman of Fortune is a book I was drawn to by the cover alone (it's so gorgeous!) and I decided to read it because the story also sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me and I didn't like it.I disliked the characters. There were glimpses where they were likeable, but for the most part I couldn't relate to them and didn't like how spoiled/selfish some seemed. I also didn't like the whole situation involving Brian - I really disliked most of his actions because of the context (which A Woman of Fortune is a book I was drawn to by the cover alone (it's so gorgeous!) and I decided to read it because the story also sounded interesting. Unfortunately, it wasn't for me and I didn't like it.I disliked the characters. There were glimpses where they were likeable, but for the most part I couldn't relate to them and didn't like how spoiled/selfish some seemed. I also didn't like the whole situation involving Brian - I really disliked most of his actions because of the context (which I won't say, to avoid spoilers).Surprisingly, I think my favorite character was Tuck. I loved his constant love for Claire and how he was remorseful for his actions. Another thing I liked about the story was what Claire decided to do regarding the future.In the end, A Woman of Fortune was a book I didn't really care for. I had a hard time finishing it, even though the story moved quickly, because it didn't interest me anymore. I will say, though, the last couple chapters were much more engaging to me than the previous ones.I'll end by saying this: please don't take my opinion alone on this book. There are several reviewers that loved A Woman of Fortune (it seems like I'm the only one who didn't like it) and maybe it just wasn't a read for me. If you are a fan of books with politics, scandal, and family issues, you might enjoy it. I truly wanted to love this book and I'm sorry I didn't. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*[1.5 stars]
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  • Cathy Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this book so much! It takes extreme talent to take these characters and make them sympathetic but that's exactly what this author did. I don't believe in gray when it comes to morality. It's right or wrong, black or white. So the fact I felt sorry for these damaged and even criminal (Tuck) characters says much about the writing. I'm so glad for the epilogue which made me happy. I really wish there was a sequel!
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  • Lynne Gentry
    January 1, 1970
    Really great characters. Loved this book and the Texas setting.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't finish this book but I will go ahead and leave my review at three stars because the author had a lot of talent. I like the characters and she did a great job of weaving the story, however, I could only take so much of this.Oh my goodness, is this how the author views Texas? Nobody drinking anything other than sweet tea and Dr. Pepper? Comparing a bad day to "I felt like and Armadillo hit by a Ford Truck"? Reminding me every other paragraph that so-and-so was raised in Texas? Everyone sa I didn't finish this book but I will go ahead and leave my review at three stars because the author had a lot of talent. I like the characters and she did a great job of weaving the story, however, I could only take so much of this.Oh my goodness, is this how the author views Texas? Nobody drinking anything other than sweet tea and Dr. Pepper? Comparing a bad day to "I felt like and Armadillo hit by a Ford Truck"? Reminding me every other paragraph that so-and-so was raised in Texas? Everyone saying "That just isn't done in Texas"?Yes, we in Texas do have a culture and pride are all our own but this was ridiculous.On top of that, the story kept being interrupted to give be back story.Again, that author did a great job with her characters and making life seem real. Some people might blush a bit at the marital affection and other struggles that some of the characters had, but I thought the realism was the best part of the book and why I kept reading for so long.
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  • Jolina Petersheim
    January 1, 1970
    Kellie Coates Gilbert’s background as a legal investigator sets a Woman of Fortune apart. Countless times throughout this harrowing story, I found myself not only engrossed in the plot and characters, but in the detail given to the Massey family’s tumble from fortune and subsequent rise to the true meaning of life and love. The heroine, Claire Massey’s decision to embrace forgiveness after such an intense betrayal will resonate with readers from every walk of life.
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  • Wanda
    January 1, 1970
    "Any woman can slip into a remarkable dress, Claire. A woman of fortune makes sure her shoes perfectly compliment her outfit. Always look at a woman's shoes." ~Claire's MotherClaire Massey lived every woman's dream. She had a husband that still loved her completely. Three grownup children she adored. Legacy Ranch, her home that spanned acres. A highly successful business. A life that put her square in the middle of the most elite circle in Texas. She was a Woman of Fortune--until the day her wor "Any woman can slip into a remarkable dress, Claire. A woman of fortune makes sure her shoes perfectly compliment her outfit. Always look at a woman's shoes." ~Claire's MotherClaire Massey lived every woman's dream. She had a husband that still loved her completely. Three grownup children she adored. Legacy Ranch, her home that spanned acres. A highly successful business. A life that put her square in the middle of the most elite circle in Texas. She was a Woman of Fortune--until the day her world crumbled around her. The day they arrested her husband, Tuck, for cattle fraud was the day her life changed forever. Now she is left with nothing but the bare minimum and Claire has never felt so alone. But when she is forced to fight for survival and to hold her family together she is amazed at how well she can stand on her own."Claire, I love you so much I can't breathe." ~TuckI must say I am often skeptical about fresh, new authors. But, every now and then I come across a novel by a new author that's a real gem. A Woman of Fortune is definitely a gem. Once I started reading it I thought of all of those times I watched tourists pan for gold under those small, rundown shelters where you pay to pan and pray you find just one tiny nugget. This book is the gold nugget amid all those rocks. One thing that really stood out to me was the love between Claire and Tuck. It came through so vividly that there was no way you could question the authenticity of it. It affected me emotionally as a reader when Claire finally decided to put her life back together and move on. Every romance novel deals with love, that's why their called romance novels. But, no matter how well written, you never forget you're reading fiction. Well, I did. I felt like I was smack in the middle of Claire Massey's life and it was a fascinating place to be."Not that my advice is going to work for that poor gal. You could park a car in the shadow of her behind, know what I mean? Jana Rae laughed, then added, "'Course that man she's after fell down the ugly tree and hit every branch of the way down--so maybe things will work out after all."Another thing I loved was the characters. From Margarita, their Spanish housekeeper who was always praying quietly and furiously rubbing the cross in her pocket when a crisis came, to the feisty and outspoken Jana Rae, Claire's best friend. She was hilarious, a bit of humor throughout the devastating times in Claire's life. The attention to detail was spot on. There were three major aspects of the book--politics, law and cattle ranching. The amount of research that went into this book is blatantly obvious. The details were just that good. It's West Wing meets L. A. Law meets Dallas and I once loved all three. It starts with a bang and ends with a bang. Great from the first page right up to the last. It's sassy, flirty and fabulous and Kellie Coates Gilbert is definitely an author to watch! I very highly recommend it to lovers of contemporary dramatic fiction!Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review and I received no monetary compensation.
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  • Jalynn Patterson
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book: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 gr About the Book: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.About the Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history. Her legal experience gives her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. Gilbert explores the complexity of relationships in her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.My Review: Claire Massey was living the high life or so she thought, parties&celebrations whenever and where ever she wanted. She would have new treasures laid at her feet in a matter of seconds. She lived this way for many, many years. She thought she had her life under control, but little did she know that her husband had a HUGE secret, that would change her life forever. Her life as she knows it comes to a complete hault, everything has changed. Will she ever get back to what really matters? We soon after many bends in the road, learn whats more important. God and family has always been what keeps me grounded, nothing else really matters other than those two things. Claire will be forced to look at her life and she will have to make some hard decisions as soon as she does.**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Revell.
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  • Andi
    January 1, 1970
    Kellie's sophomore book, A Woman of Fortune is ripped from today's headlines, and I dare you to be able to put this book down. I couldn't and I know I will continue to think about these characters long after I have closed this book.Claire's husband Tuck is charged with cattle fraud, selling cattle that are on paper, but not on his land. The Massey's are Texas socialites, and in one day they go from living on a spacious estate, to their father/husband in prison; their clothes, jewelry, cars, even Kellie's sophomore book, A Woman of Fortune is ripped from today's headlines, and I dare you to be able to put this book down. I couldn't and I know I will continue to think about these characters long after I have closed this book.Claire's husband Tuck is charged with cattle fraud, selling cattle that are on paper, but not on his land. The Massey's are Texas socialites, and in one day they go from living on a spacious estate, to their father/husband in prison; their clothes, jewelry, cars, even their daughter, Lainie's horse, Pride being confiscated.With Tuck in prison, they will all have to find their way. Will Claire leave her lying, stealing, husband or will she stand by her man. What will her three children, Garrett, Max, and Lainie do? How will they handle their father's crimes.Kellie writes a book so full of emotion and heartache that you are literally feel as though you are going through this with the characters. The spiritual element is not overwhelming or preachy, however, you will walk away from this book thinking about what Jesus told Peter about forgiveness.Highly recommended!!
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    I took note of Kellie Coates Gilbert with the release of her stellar debut novel last year (Mother of Pearl, reviewed here), and her sophomore release is just as impressive. Although the utter opulence of the Massey family's life in the opening chapters frankly made me cringe, Gilbert's skill at character portrayal gradually caused my heart to warm toward Claire and sympathize with the plethora of emotions she experienced during the upheaval of the life she knew. The nuances of family relationsh I took note of Kellie Coates Gilbert with the release of her stellar debut novel last year (Mother of Pearl, reviewed here), and her sophomore release is just as impressive. Although the utter opulence of the Massey family's life in the opening chapters frankly made me cringe, Gilbert's skill at character portrayal gradually caused my heart to warm toward Claire and sympathize with the plethora of emotions she experienced during the upheaval of the life she knew. The nuances of family relationships, the superficiality of "friendships" based on status, and what defines a marriage - all of these issues and more are capably explored in this riveting story. A stark reminder that sometimes we have to lose it all to discover what we really have, A Woman of Fortune will stir your heart and strengthen your faith. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Kimberly
    January 1, 1970
    This book was impossible to put down!! I was hooked from the start and it is definitely a new favorite. If you are looking for a spoiler...I'm not going to give it away. A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert is filled to the brim with romance, inspiration, intrigue...you become deeply invested and will not want the story to end - I know I didn't!Ms. Gilbert's realistic writing style makes you feel like you know the characters personally, that you are watching them grow before you. This is This book was impossible to put down!! I was hooked from the start and it is definitely a new favorite. If you are looking for a spoiler...I'm not going to give it away. A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert is filled to the brim with romance, inspiration, intrigue...you become deeply invested and will not want the story to end - I know I didn't!Ms. Gilbert's realistic writing style makes you feel like you know the characters personally, that you are watching them grow before you. This is a powerfully emotional story that reminds you of what is most important in life...not material things...but faith, love of God, and your family!I am looking forward to Ms. Gilbert's next book! I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it is wonderful!I was given this book for my honest opinion by bookfun.org.
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  • Carla Stewart
    January 1, 1970
    A Woman of Fortune is a page turner that plunged me into the lives of the rich and privileged from the start. While I agree, like other reviewers, that I couldn’t personally relate to the opulent lifestyle of the Massey family, I was drawn into their dilemma of “losing it all” overnight. Kellie Gilbert’s legal experience added a rich texture to the drama, but it was her treatment of the characters and showing their growth in what seemed a hopeless situation that kept me invested in the story. It A Woman of Fortune is a page turner that plunged me into the lives of the rich and privileged from the start. While I agree, like other reviewers, that I couldn’t personally relate to the opulent lifestyle of the Massey family, I was drawn into their dilemma of “losing it all” overnight. Kellie Gilbert’s legal experience added a rich texture to the drama, but it was her treatment of the characters and showing their growth in what seemed a hopeless situation that kept me invested in the story. It gave me pause to wonder what choices I might have made in similar circumstances. Thanks, Kellie, for a great read!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I opted to read this book because it sounded a bit different--and it was. Not your typical romance or feel-good women's fiction story. Although I can't relate to the kind of wealth Claire had and lost, I can relate to feelings of betrayal, abandonment, and complete lack of power. LOVE how none of Clarie's decisions were clean-cut or tidy. She had to muck through the mess in her life just like, well, we all do. Since the author opted to include a short epilogue, I do wish she'd given us just a we I opted to read this book because it sounded a bit different--and it was. Not your typical romance or feel-good women's fiction story. Although I can't relate to the kind of wealth Claire had and lost, I can relate to feelings of betrayal, abandonment, and complete lack of power. LOVE how none of Clarie's decisions were clean-cut or tidy. She had to muck through the mess in her life just like, well, we all do. Since the author opted to include a short epilogue, I do wish she'd given us just a wee bit more, but I suspect she's looking to the reader to finish the story. And I can do that most satisfactorily!
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  • Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    This book has it all: love, betrayal, redemption. While the book focuses on all of the family members, I think the primary focus is on Claire which is what I would probably expect. She has been through a lot and it shows that when push comes to shove, women can overcome any obstacle facing them.This book is very well written and I felt a variety of emotions which is what a good book will do. I like that the book is tied up in the end and nothing is left hanging. The book was also very well resea This book has it all: love, betrayal, redemption. While the book focuses on all of the family members, I think the primary focus is on Claire which is what I would probably expect. She has been through a lot and it shows that when push comes to shove, women can overcome any obstacle facing them.This book is very well written and I felt a variety of emotions which is what a good book will do. I like that the book is tied up in the end and nothing is left hanging. The book was also very well researched which is key especially when someone lives in that area.
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  • CarolynB
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked this book. I had delayed reading it because I like to wait until I can read the entire series, but I learned that the books in the Texas Gold series can stand alone. I'm glad I didn't wait because I really enjoyed this first book. Claire, the main character, is such a strong woman, though if she were "a real person" she would probably think of herself as weak. I'm so proud of the way she handled the tragedy in her family. This is my first Kellie Gilbert read, but I know it won't b I really liked this book. I had delayed reading it because I like to wait until I can read the entire series, but I learned that the books in the Texas Gold series can stand alone. I'm glad I didn't wait because I really enjoyed this first book. Claire, the main character, is such a strong woman, though if she were "a real person" she would probably think of herself as weak. I'm so proud of the way she handled the tragedy in her family. This is my first Kellie Gilbert read, but I know it won't be my last one. I'm really looking forward to the other books in the series.
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  • Staci
    January 1, 1970
    Well done! I very much enjoyed Claire's story. Her character development was delightful to watch as she went from fortunes and seemingly having it all to losing her fortune and having her husband in prison. Claire's three children also added a great deal to the story. I especially enjoyed Max.The actual events that inspired this novel and how the author added some adjustments were interesting to read.A satisfying contemporary romance novel. I highly recommend it!
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    A Woman of Fortune was a passable novel that didn’t quite live up to its Texas-sized potential. While offering glimpses of brilliance in its happily-married hero and heroine, as well as a unique, behind-the-scenes look at legally prosecuting a widespread financial fraud, the overall construction and execution of the story left too much to be desired.
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  • Janice Sisemore
    January 1, 1970
    Unexpectedly Claire husband is arrested and convicted of fraud. Everything is taken from her. She survives and decided to wait for him to get out of prison.
  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Claire Massey seems to have it all: family, wealth, prestige. Then her husband "Tuck" is arrested, convicted of massive fraud charges, and sent away for twenty years. The family has fallen apart, the wealth is gone, and people spit on her in the street. Can Claire find the strength and the faith to rebuild her life and her family?Claire's final decision surprised me. I thought her life was going in a completely different direction.
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  • Keisha Simpson-Baker
    January 1, 1970
    A really good story about the downfall of a wealthy family. Once the money stops flowing and the embarrassment sets in, you see how the family falls apart. Good fresh read!
  • Dolores Switzer
    January 1, 1970
    Good readI enjoyed this book and the development of its characters. Enjoyed when time allowed getting a cup of coffee and quiet time to read. Would recommend.
  • Rissi
    January 1, 1970
    There are some books that are written beautifully, have a wonderful pay-off and feature a cast of characters searching for something beyond what they have enjoyed in a material world, which A Woman of Fortune is. Then there are those books that no matter their strong points, they just don’t connect with their reader. For me, that was this novel. It tells the story of the wealthy Massey family. Its matriarch is Claire Massey, who has built a good life for herself and three adult children with the There are some books that are written beautifully, have a wonderful pay-off and feature a cast of characters searching for something beyond what they have enjoyed in a material world, which A Woman of Fortune is. Then there are those books that no matter their strong points, they just don’t connect with their reader. For me, that was this novel. It tells the story of the wealthy Massey family. Its matriarch is Claire Massey, who has built a good life for herself and three adult children with the love of her husband, Tuck at her side. On the eve of more success for the family – daughter, Lanie is about to start on a journey of being a young, promising senator’s wife, Tuck is led away in handcuff’s accused of a white collar scheme, the charges mount up against him, including wire fraud, leaving Claire feeling betrayed. Unsure where this leaves her marriage, Claire is left to pick up the pieces of her fractured life and try to hold her family together. To be honest, many of the moving pieces worked well. There were some interesting twists and I liked the intimate, inner struggle of the three POV’s – Claire, Lainie and Max. But, that notwithstanding, there wasn’t really anything that I related to in this story – I couldn’t understand some of the reactions and didn’t respect many of the choices the characters made. For me, Christianity wasn’t a big enough force for the decision that eventually put to rest its leading character’s doubts nor to be an impact that ties into the forgiveness payoff. Up until then, Claire’s reactions and life revolved around how the worldwide scandal her family became would affect her kids (understandably so) and how she’d be able to pick up and move on – without a skill or financial means to survive. There is a wild, reckless side of Lainie stemming from being rejected and this ended up being distracting. Then there is Max, who I actually would have liked to have gotten to know better because his character was the one who most changed, and in a novel that tears apart a family’s world, that’s what a reader wants to see emerge by the end of such a story as this is. Thanks to her skills as a legal investigator, Coates storytelling is excellent. She writes with a skilled hand to create a world that I did admittedly love! Since most the stories I read tend towards the simpler lifestyle, there was a sense of carefree spontaneity in getting immersed in a wealthy world – one that the people in it didn’t have to worry over their shoes matching because they had “people” for that or could throw a lavish party that drew in Texas royalty. Because of this, the book draws its reader in – leaving us curious over a world we can touch though rarely are a part of. When all is said and done, it was freeing to experience the change in one character which perhaps, excuses all the tepid feelings the rest of this family stirred in me. Part of me eagerly wanted to get behind Claire and another believed that her choices didn’t have that one moment of clarity that seemed appropriate, nor an ending to pair with in, and in my opinion, that lessened what otherwise could have been a genuinely great novel. If you enjoy women’s fiction, then A Woman of Fortune (the first novel in a new series) is something worth looking into for that summer reading pile. Provided you're like me, and have one. *wink* My apologies to the publisher and author for the delay in this review. Thanks to the publisher, Revell for a copy of this book for the purpose of reviewing it.
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  • ChrisGA
    January 1, 1970
    Who taking their wedding vows ever expects the worse rather than the better, or the poorer rather than the richer? What happens when the spouse and parent you rely on to “fix” any unpleasant situations life may bring suddenly can’t make things right because he caused them? What happens when masks are removed and you find that the one you thought you knew best had more secrets than you could ever imagine? What happens to a family, forever changed, who can’t get back to “the happy of Before”? All Who taking their wedding vows ever expects the worse rather than the better, or the poorer rather than the richer? What happens when the spouse and parent you rely on to “fix” any unpleasant situations life may bring suddenly can’t make things right because he caused them? What happens when masks are removed and you find that the one you thought you knew best had more secrets than you could ever imagine? What happens to a family, forever changed, who can’t get back to “the happy of Before”? All these issues and questions must be faced by the characters of this story of a privileged, wealthy family who have their world turned upside down--heavy issues that Tuck, Claire and their grown children all handle or react to in their own way. The ripples of harm created by Tuck’s decisions have wider reaching effect than just the family, but that guilt only makes the family’s hurt and anger and humiliation so much the greater. Each character must decide how to deal with these emotions, including how they will relate to Tuck. As their lives unravel, the façade of perfection and happiness crumbles along with their dreams for the future. As Max tells his mother, Claire, “Mom, this family has always been broken. Problem is, you are just now discovering the fact.” Yet, Claire decides “The Massey dynasty was over, but their family must go on, despite their wounds”. The overwhelming questions in the reader’s mind revolve around what will happen to everyone—will they fold or will they become stronger? Will the individuals stay shattered in their own little misery, or will they be able to pull together, find and offer forgiveness, and go on?It is a painful story that reflects recent headlines about fraud in the marketplace. It also relates to the author’s experience in the legal field investigating the largest cattle fraud in the history of the country. The fact is then that these characters’ stories could be real, but this doesn’t detract from the reader’s sympathy for innocents caught in someone else’s web. My favorite character of all was Margarita who offered unconditional love and support as well as well-chosen expressions of wisdom and faith when they were most needed. This is a book that will grab the reader’s emotions and interest from the beginning and provide great twists and turns in the plot and the characters as the action rushes toward a very satisfying conclusion. It has a lot to say about what is really important, repentance and redemption, and faith in a loving God to carry one through the waters of trouble-whatever they may be. I received this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for this my honest opinion.
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  • Judy Collins
    January 1, 1970
    Kellie Coates Gilbert’s latest, A Woman of Fortune is an emotionally charged novel diving into one family’s life of messiness—scandal, deceit, lies, wealth, and greed. Claire, a Texas socialite enjoys the fabulous life and all it has to offer as well as members of her family –until her cattle broker and financier husband, Tuck is arrested and incarcerated on multiple counts of cattle fraud and federal racketeering charges— her world comes crumbling down. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must fac Kellie Coates Gilbert’s latest, A Woman of Fortune is an emotionally charged novel diving into one family’s life of messiness—scandal, deceit, lies, wealth, and greed. Claire, a Texas socialite enjoys the fabulous life and all it has to offer as well as members of her family –until her cattle broker and financier husband, Tuck is arrested and incarcerated on multiple counts of cattle fraud and federal racketeering charges— her world comes crumbling down. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible obstacles, and gain strength and courage in order to save her family--and discover a life worth living.They both started from a humble beginning; however, the path to success placed more and more pressure on one man. His greed led him astray. Claire also relied on her husband, versus making her own way. When her worldly possessions, and her family is disrupted, she discovers her true self. Hindsight, you can see how both Claire and Tuck brought baggage into the marriage. Can they make their way back? Some great character development and lots of humor mixed in, as Jana Rae (Clarie’s best friend) had some hilarious come backs and one liners! With firsthand experience, probably not one of the most sympathetic, when it comes to these type of stories; however, humans are not perfect. Gilbert did an outstanding job of looking inside one family at the devastation it causes, the emotional fallout—not only to the immediate families, but the investors, friends, church, and others which invested their money, and put their trust in this company and its leader. In desperation, people make poor choices out of fear; however, sometimes the outcome is worse than the original fear---as proved in this heartfelt and emotional story.Having lived in West Palm Beach, FL for years, and less than two miles from Bernie Madoff’s Palm Beach former home (also on my bike trail), with many friends, and neighbors being victims of this Ponzi scheme, and all the publicity surrounding this tragedy here during this time— could relate to this story.Kellie’s experience in the legal professional proved helpful in the research and writing of cattle fraud, as well as her insights. Marriage, family, relationships, friends, and faith are tested in this poignant story of love and forgiveness. Looking forward to the next book in the series of A Texas Gold!http://judithdcollins.booklikes.com/p...A special thank you to Revell and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert – it was exquisite. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book that was so thoroughly engrossing. Gilbert paints the lives of the characters with depth and strength; their lives are made so vivid that you get enfolded into the story yourself. Their struggles are challenging, heartbreaking and at times tough to read. I loved it from beginning to end!The story revolves around Claire Massey, a woman who is living the American dream. Her I picked up A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert – it was exquisite. It’s been a very long time since I’ve read a book that was so thoroughly engrossing. Gilbert paints the lives of the characters with depth and strength; their lives are made so vivid that you get enfolded into the story yourself. Their struggles are challenging, heartbreaking and at times tough to read. I loved it from beginning to end!The story revolves around Claire Massey, a woman who is living the American dream. Her charming and gregarious husband has amassed a fortune that will keep them in luxury for the rest of their lives … until he is arrested for fraud. Everything Claire knows about life comes crashing down around her. The fallout of his arrest and what it does to the family is the main gist of the story.I thought it was going to be a stereotypical book about a young twenty-something woman who hits a rough patch and must rebuild her life. While rebuilding a life is never easy, there is something to be said for having the energy, drive and determination that comes with being young. Being a woman of a certain age, I rejoiced to find our heroine nearer that same age. There is a deeper poignancy to a woman who is a mother of three grown kids, who loves her life and is contentedly living out her matriarchal role in her society who loses everything and must somehow figure out how to survive.It is this story of survival and the effect on each member of her family that is so exquisitely wrought. If I did not know that Ms. Gilbert was a former legal investigator, I would have guessed her profession to be that of a marriage and family therapist. She is deeply cognizant of how these circumstances might affect each person in the family; the authenticity leaps off the page and you keenly feel the hurt, anger and despair of each one. How each of them finds their way to a new normal is utterly enthralling. I was sorry to see the story end and I look forward to picking up more books by Ms. Gilbert. To watch a video from the author of A Woman of Fortune, click here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4KfP...I want to thank Revell Group who gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. To purchase A Woman of Fortune on Amazon, click this link http://www.amazon.com/Woman-Fortune-T...
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  • Tamara Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    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 betr 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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  • Kate (The Shelf Life)
    January 1, 1970
    I was intrigued by this book right off the bat. It is set in Texas. Generally, that's all I need to hear to want to read a book. I mean really, Texas is just an amazing state.I also was interested in the the idea of the story. I remember Enron and the Berny Madoff scandals. I always did wonder about the families. The ring leaders of these scams are hated with such a passion, you can't help but wonder if their families didn't help with such schemes, because of the amount of money laundered. A Wom I was intrigued by this book right off the bat. It is set in Texas. Generally, that's all I need to hear to want to read a book. I mean really, Texas is just an amazing state.I also was interested in the the idea of the story. I remember Enron and the Berny Madoff scandals. I always did wonder about the families. The ring leaders of these scams are hated with such a passion, you can't help but wonder if their families didn't help with such schemes, because of the amount of money laundered. A Woman of Fortune offered a look into a families life when the lies finally catch up.Kellie's background as an investigator enhanced this story. The knowledge of the workings and reactions is great. The anger, resentment, the hurt are written by one who has knowledge of it all, it really shows in how the characters act and what they say. I enjoyed that immensely about this story. There is so much more that goes on then what the press writes about.Having been born in raised in Texas, especially in the general area that the story is set in, I noticed one of my pet peeves pop up. It's the over abundance of the Texas culture. It saturated the story. It took away from the enjoyment a bit for me. Just as I was getting drawn in to the, "Oh, my goodness, did that really happen, wow!" moments, the exaggerated Texas moment would pop up and push me back a little bit.I will say, that is from battling people my whole life and dealing with Yankees who assume that we ride horse and have no grass or trees, (yes, people have looked at me with disbelief when I burst their bubbles), but back to the story....I loved how this story unfolded with the new information that was presented and how Claire dealt with each blow that hurt her and her family more. When life seems to fall apart in an instant, you are set in the stages of loss and grief, and Claire showed how hard it is to deal with, especially when it comes out of the blue. The damage to the family, the personal heartache, and the physical pain are all present and the different ways to cope.The story really draws you in and makes you wonder what will happen next. It also shows how one person can affect so many lives.Thank you to the Revell Blog Tour Program, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sally
    January 1, 1970
    Claire can only watch in disbelief as federal agents arrested her husband at a prominent political fundraiser for their future son-in-law. In an instant, lives are changed. Her daughter’s relationship is over and she flounders in the aftermath. Her oldest son, who was employed by his father, must distant himself to protect his growing family. The staff must be laid off, and then the family home is taken as restitution. Tad Massey bilked the people they knew out of millions. Now Claire is finding Claire can only watch in disbelief as federal agents arrested her husband at a prominent political fundraiser for their future son-in-law. In an instant, lives are changed. Her daughter’s relationship is over and she flounders in the aftermath. Her oldest son, who was employed by his father, must distant himself to protect his growing family. The staff must be laid off, and then the family home is taken as restitution. Tad Massey bilked the people they knew out of millions. Now Claire is finding out who her friends really are, even as she attempts to hold on to her self-worth and rebuild her life. But can she let go of her husband of thirty years? Not everyone in A Woman of Fortune handles the changes with grace. Claire and her daughter, Lainie, were both born into wealth, but react differently to being without it. Lainie believes she needs nice things and social status to live. Her dream of being a politician’s wife is over, but did she love the fiancé or the dream? What is she willing to do to maintain her lifestyle? Her behavior is ugly, but should she get a pass considering everything that’s happened? The only family member seemingly unaffected by the changes is younger son, Max. Perhaps because he’d already struck out on his own, he’s able to be the pillar of support for everyone else.Ultimately, the question asked in this beautiful novel is what is most important in life? Is it money, or social status, or having the love of friends and family around you? Claire does a lot of soul searching as she adjusts to her new life and eventually comes to some positive conclusions that help her remain strong with her dignity intact. In some ways, Claire reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman. She “willingly works with her hands,” and “strength and honor are her clothing.” Thanks to her former housekeeper and friend, she comes to understand how good God really is.One last thing: the epilogue is a must read due to a stunning revelation in it. It shows that no one is immune to temptation, and that pride does go before a fall. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.Thank you to Revell for my complimentary review copy of A Woman of Fortune, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    As promoters liked to say about the LAW & ORDER show, Kellie Coates Gilbert's new book A Woman of Fortune is ripped from the headlines. Gilbert says her story was influenced by the Bernie Madoff scandal and its effects on the innocent members of his family as well as a true cattle fraud case that Gilbert worked on during her legal career. Texas socialite Claire Massey has become so accustomed to the lavish lifestyle she and husband Tuck enjoy she fails to consider all that it must take to ma As promoters liked to say about the LAW & ORDER show, Kellie Coates Gilbert's new book A Woman of Fortune is ripped from the headlines. Gilbert says her story was influenced by the Bernie Madoff scandal and its effects on the innocent members of his family as well as a true cattle fraud case that Gilbert worked on during her legal career. Texas socialite Claire Massey has become so accustomed to the lavish lifestyle she and husband Tuck enjoy she fails to consider all that it must take to make it possible. Shocked to learn that her husband of almost 30 years has been arrested for defrauding countless investors, many of them their own friends and family, Claire must take a hard look at herself, her life, and her loyalties. Hounded by the media and shunned by those who once clambered to be part of her inner circle, Claire must scrape enough strength to find a job and begin again. After Tuck is sentenced to prison, Claire must make one more decision -- make their separation legal or fight to keep their marriage and family intact. I've never read anything by Kellie Coates Gilbert before. Truthfully, I was attracted to the cover of this book -- kept seeing on blog postings and book advertisements this spring and the bright color just dragged me in. When I read the "trailer" to the book, I thought it would be an interesting read so I obtained the book through our library system. Plot, style of writing, character development -- all around, Gilbert is spot on. Even the vastly different ways Claire's adult children and her mother react to the scandal is presented in a realistic manner that adds depth and spark to the story. And her one remaining friend adds some humorous relief. Dialogue was flavored with what I believe are authentic Texas-isms, nothing hokey or overdone, just enough to make this a Southern tale.Too many books that I've been reading lately have been parts of series, and that means I need to keep track of past stories and make commitments to future books, or accept that I won't know the whole story. I love that this was a stand-alone book (although labeled a TEXAS GOLD NOVEL).Good writing, great story, great message.
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  • Salyna
    January 1, 1970
    Not what I was expecting.When I first saw this book I assumed I would like it based on the cover, so without reading the summery I requested it to review. Now that I have read it, if I could make the decision all over again I probably would not have picked to review it. Don't get me wrong, it was a good and well written story, but it was just not for me. I didn't know that this book was about a 49-year old married woman going through a traumatic life situation. Who could have guessed that based Not what I was expecting.When I first saw this book I assumed I would like it based on the cover, so without reading the summery I requested it to review. Now that I have read it, if I could make the decision all over again I probably would not have picked to review it. Don't get me wrong, it was a good and well written story, but it was just not for me. I didn't know that this book was about a 49-year old married woman going through a traumatic life situation. Who could have guessed that based on the cover? I mean, does that look like an almost 5-year old woman? Just goes to show how looks can be deceiving. At my age right now I tend to be more into the books where the couples are just hooking up, not thirty years into their marriage. It doesn't pertain to me in any way, so it didn't interest me.I could tell by the cover that the woman was either rich or knew someone who was rich, and since I was expecting that I was okay with it. However, I didn't realize how rich she was! Her and her family threw caution to the wind and spent millions upon millions of dollars all the time! How many people do we come across on a daily basis with that kind of money? The way that her husband made the money seemed like a very realistic way of making it then some weird occupations I have read about in the past, so I did like that. On the other hand, I guess I'm just not much into the rich and famous scene. At least not modern rich and famous.Things that I did like were: 1) None of the characters were perfect. Example: The heroine's daughter has many problems that you will learn about if you read it. 2) I felt the heroine handled her situation very realistically for her status. 3) The authors knowledge for courtroom business seemed to be above and beyond. Their were many terms used that I hadn't even heard of. 4) The comic relief was not over the top and it was portrayed in the heroine's best high school friend. 5) The heroine persevered where many would have given up.Overall, if you are an adult interested in reading about scandal, family healing, and perseverance then this is the book for you. Visit my blog at: http://kissedbooks.blogspot.com/
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    DESCRIPTION-"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 gri DESCRIPTION-"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 REVIEW- This was a disappointing read for me. I was SO looking forward to reading this one, and I really wanted to like this book. I didn't connect with the characters. The daughter, Lainie was a spoiled. She didn't realize how important love was. Power and prestige were all that was important to her. The only character I remotely liked was Max. He did seem to care about his mom, Claire. He was the only one of the three siblings that went to see his father, Tuck, also. Brian is a character that I totally disliked. There was just so much in this book that I don't expect to find in Christian fiction reads.The one redeeming quality was that the book did show that wedding vows are important and mean something. They aren't to be just easily pushed aside.I'm a rarity in my review of this book so be sure to check out other reviews. If you like political intrigue, court room drama, and stories of rich socialites then you just might enjoy this. It just wasn't my kind of read. The great thing about books, is that there is a wide variety. There is always something for everyone. This book I received through bookfun.org for my honest opinion which I have given.
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