A Woman of Fortune, Texas Gold Series #1   -     By: Kellie Coates Gilbert
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A Woman of Fortune, Texas Gold Series #1

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800722728
ISBN-13: 9780800722722
Availability: In Stock
Series: Texas Gold Collection

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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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    For Better of For Worse
    August 18, 2014
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Woman of Fortune by Kelly Coates Gilbert is a story about some serious family issues. Even though this deals with a very rich family, the book held some truths most of us could take away from. At first I didnt know how I felt about Claire Massey. She seemed like the typical married woman of fortune and I didnt really like how after 30 years of marriage she could have been so clueless about her husbands business dealings and her 3 adult children. However, as the story progresses and she is popped out of her protective bubble, she takes a real hard look at her life. I began to feel for her and the fact that her entire way of life was being ripped from her. Her husband is taken away from her and two of her children are angry and withdraw. However, one child does step up, the one that always seemed to be the black sheep. Through it all though, she realizes just what is important and what love really means. I really liked this book even though it was like watching a train wreck. This does not have your happily ever after ending, but it does have the right ending. I really liked how the author made marriage very important. I already have the second book in this series on my wish list. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
  2. Rachael Merritt
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not for me, might be for you.
    August 11, 2014
    Rachael Merritt
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    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 brat. 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. So much that was in this story just didn't seem to belong in this genre.

    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.
  3. Sonny
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Suprisingly Good Story
    July 31, 2014
    Sonny
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I received this book to review from the publisher. Woman of fortune is about a society woman who loses everything after her husband was arrested in a Ponzi like scheme. What I loved about the main character Claire was her fallibility as a woman who trusted her husband. She is never expected that her 30 year marriage and family would fall apart. I loved how she grew from this experience. I wanted to slap some sense into the older son and daughter but I realized they are the products of their inclusive culture.

    The lessons learned is that the love of money and what it brings can never replace God in our lives. Because God loves us so much he will allow us to go through things so that we can see our need for him.

  4. Bookaholic
    Atlanta (GA)
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical Novel
    July 29, 2014
    Bookaholic
    Atlanta (GA)
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This novel involves a woman and her family who have it all. The setting is in TX and Claire Massey is a socialite who has a wonderful husband, 3 adult children, and she adores them all. When riches crumble, who will stand by her? She adores her husband and is proud to be his wife.

    When everything crashes around her, will she fall too? This author is new to me but I enjoyed her book.

    Buy the book and see how this all turns out. It involves love, family, betrayal, attorneys, and friendship.

    This is not a book that I ordinarily read, but it was given to me to review by bookfun.org for my honest opinion. I look forward to reading further books in this series.

    CBD has an excellent price.
  5. tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting plot
    July 28, 2014
    tmurrell
    TN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Claire is living the perfect life. She has wealth, amazing children, and a wonderful husband who adores her. She glosses over the minor negatives and sees what she wants to see. Until one day everything comes crashing down around her. Her family is falling apart and her husband is on his way to jail for fraud. Every single thing she thought she knew about her family is becoming a lie.

    The story flowed smoothly and I read the book quickly. I liked some of the characters and really, really disliked others as I'm sure was the author's intention. The plot was an interesting angle that mirrored a true story. But I couldn't really grasp the focus of where the story was supposed to go. The author pulled faith, trust, resilience, and the sacredness of marriage into the story and did a great job. But the plot seemed plucked out of a section of the character's life and I wasn't given more than a brief glimpse before it ended. So I have really mixed feelings about the book. I enjoyed the writing style so will definitely be checking out the other books by this author.

    I received this book free of charge from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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