A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert
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. – Goodreads
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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.
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.
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.
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.
of intimacy between a husband and wife, as well as conversation that reveals
unmarried 20-somethings are engaging in unhealthy romantic relationships.
Following in her estranged father’s footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust–not least of all her own father.
– Feburary 2015, Goodreads
Take a look at this book video featuring Kellie chatting about her new novel.
Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary
copy of this book for reviewing purposes.