Monday, June 2, 2014

Woman of Fortune - A Review

Published - June, 2014, Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Series - Texas Gold Collection, book 1

Title - A Woman of Fortune

Author - Kellie Coates Gilbert

Format - ebook, paper

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Claire Massey is living the life that others dream about. Her family is worth billions, and she is every bit a socialite. Yet her perfect world comes crashing down around her in one instant. Her husband is accused of fraud, and he's guilty of it. Claire is soon thrust into a media circus, a flurry of lawyers, trials, and seeing her home and possessions sold off. Left with very little, she has to start over. But who will take a chance on the wife of a thief?

This is the first book I've read by Kellie Coates Gilbert. I like her writing style. But I didn't really connect with any of the main characters.

I found Claire to be self-centered and really not very likeable. At least at first. She did grow on me, but I still didn't connect with her until the end. Daughter Lainie is a selfish spoiled brat. Through the entire book, she was focused on one thing - herself. Son Garrett wanted to disassociate himself from his family at the expense of his mother. Son Max seemed to be the most down to earth. While I did find him to be a bit more of a cynic, I did kinda of like him. Claire's husband, Tuck, kept saying he was sorry and he didn't know how he let things get the way that they did. For me, his redemption  came in the letters he wrote Claire. Those were pretty good.

The one character I adored was Claire's best friend Jana Rae. This is a friend who not only lost her retirement savings because of Claire's husband, but she wasn't afraid to tell Claire the truth. She didn't sugarcoat anything. Yet she was the one friend who also stood by Claire and was there for her through everything.

Overall, this was a fast read for me. I didn't really care for the characters, but I did enjoy the author's writing style. I'll probably read the next in the series. But for me, this one isn't a keeper.

I received this book for free from Revell Books for the purpose of reviewing. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of women's fiction, contemporary fiction

Rating - 3 stars

The author has created a YouTube video about the book. Watch it here.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you, Dawn - these characters are not at all likeable! But I've read about 100 pages, love Kellie's writing, and expect to see some kind of redemption eventually. Since you like her writing, you would probably enjoy her first book, Mother of Pearl - a favorite of mine. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dawn.


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