A Woman of Fortune

A Woman of Fortune

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by Kellie Coates Gilbert
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800722722
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Series:
Texas Gold Collection Series
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
245,976
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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A Woman of Fortune 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
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 didn’t know how I felt about Claire Massey. She seemed like the typical married woman of fortune and I didn’t really like how after 30 years of marriage she could have been so clueless about her husband’s 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.
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
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.   
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
A Woman of Fortune is the gripping story of the Massey family’s fall from Dallas high society to humiliation, scorn and prison. When Claire’s husband is arrested for fraud, she finds herself vacillating between love or hate, blame or mercy, denial or acceptance as she struggles to hang on while letting go. Ms. Gilbert writes such a real-to-life story that the reader feels he/she is reading a factual account of the largest cattle fraud ever to be tried in Dallas. The riveting emotions of this family keep the reader spellbound throughout the book. I highly recommend this book as it demonstrates the power of God in people helping them to face and overcome painful circumstances and challenges. I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
This is a hard one to review. Kellie's writing skills are superb, she took characters that were not likeable and turned them into a story that entertains you. I enjoyed reading this book, it was a quick read that I didn't put down until I was finished. For me the biggest disappointment in the whole book was the fact there was not a strong faith element, yes the husband was an elder in a church, and yes they attended church. However, the faith element seemed to be an afterthought. So that disappointed me. The ending wrapped up too quickly also, and there was some other things that made me pause. My afterthoughts about the storyline, give me pause and reason to give this book 3.5 stars. The writing skills of this author are extraordinary, and I loved her first book, this book was not a favorite but the skills are still there. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review. 
mackenzie_carol 30 days ago
A Woman of Fortune is the first book in Kellie Coates Gilbert’s Texas Gold series, and is also the first book I have ever read by her. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I really enjoyed the very different storyline this book took—I can easily say I’ve never read anything like it—and it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I have to say, I wasn’t exactly fond of the ending when I first read it, partly because it wasn’t necessarily the way I wanted things to go, but once I was able to spend some time just thinking about and mulling over the book, I eventually realized just how perfect the way Kellie ended it was. Claire Massey is an extremely strong character. Her grace and strength through the trials her family faces throughout the course of this book is astounding, and the way she treats her fallen husband at the very end of this book takes more guts than I will ever have in my entire lifetime. I can’t imagine going everything that she goes through, feeling all the pain that she is forced to endure, and yet coming out as brave and together as she does, and I can’t help but love Claire for that. No matter how naïve I felt like she was at the beginning of the book for not having the slightest idea of Tuck’s subterfuge, she proved herself in the end to be worthy of every ounce of my praise, and that I am sure of. All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and can happily give it four out of five bookshelves, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something good to read. I would give it all five bookshelves, but I just didn’t fall in love with this book, and because of my new rating policy I just couldn’t condone giving it that many bookshelves when it just didn’t meet all of my criteria (if you want to know more about my rating policy, check out my About Me page). Despite all of that, I definitely did like this story, and I know I will read more by Kellie in the future. (This review is from my blog, spreadinghisgrace.blogspot.com)
DNunley 4 months ago
This is a very good story! I enjoyed it very much. The realism was great. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story of love and forgiveness when living through shame and betrayal. I recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shows that you can write a good book without all the sex and bad cusin!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author but it won't be my last.  I was drawn into the story line and the lives of the characters from the first pages and was kept reading until the final pages.  The author does a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of Claire and her children as they deal   with the consequences of theft and embezzlement by Claire's charismatic cattle broker husband and as they deal with the loss of everything they owned.   It is an engrossing story following the family as they have to start over in life and Claire as she has to deal with the issues of her marriage and the sanctity of her marriage vows.  It is also a wonderful story showing how that God's love and forgiveness can bring a family through even the worst of circumstances.  I am definitely looking forward to the next book in the series.  
gooolfer More than 1 year ago
good read flowed with the story
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DaleDL More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I hated to see it end.
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loriweller1 More than 1 year ago
A Woman of Fortune is a thought-provoking, entertaining book. One day the Massey family goes from riches to being in the poor-house because Tuck Massey participated in a Ponzi scheme and bilked millions out of people. Tucks family has to give up the beautiful houses, expensive cars, expensive clothes and jewelry and paid help. The book was full of romance, intrigue, inspiration, families and friendships. I look forward to another Texas Gold novel. I recieved this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
KoalaTeas More than 1 year ago
A great read! Grace in the midst of being blind-sided by life events. How does the family cope when the husband/father/patriarch is arrested and convicted of fraud? Will the family fall apart or pull together? A contemporary story with a current subject matter in the wake of today’s news stories. 
MitziAB More than 1 year ago
5 * stars out of 5 Contemporary Fiction. I will never look at a news story about a man who bilks others out of their life savings the same way again! Find out why by read A WOMAN OF FORTUNE by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Although this is not her debut book (Mother of Pearl came out in 2012) this is the first time I heard about her or her books. Honestly? I would not have picked up the book if I saw it in the store. I am so glad it was one of the books Revell was offering to me, as it is a book I am very glad I did choose. This was by a publisher I trust, and even so, I almost put the book aside after reading the prologue. Fortunately I did not quit, and was drawn into the story quite quickly. It is well written, and had twists and turns that kept me guessing, and eager so see where the path led. The story explores family relationships (mother, fathers, adult children) in an uncommon way that will be enjoyable for all. I received this book free from Graf-Martins and Emily Davies-Robinson through their Nuts About Books program and Revell Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required. The opinions are my own. 
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
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.
Maryar39 More than 1 year ago
"A Woman Of Fortune" really makes one think about "For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer..." What is the value of our wedding vows? How long must we honor them? Forever? or until things get so bad there is no place to turn? After all, we all deserve to be happy, right? Kellie Coates Gilbert has written a thought provoking story about a family that has everything, love, wealth, happiness, security, respect and that has all come from the hard work of their husband/father. Or, perhaps he hasn't "worked" for everything they have... When Tuck is arrested, publicly, his family is left to pick up the pieces of their lives. They struggle with expecting him to "fix" everything like he always has. They also struggle with what to believe. The evidence? It must be wrong! But, Tuck isn't able to fix this and his wife and kids are stunned. They must learn how to live like most of the rest of us do, with not quite enough money, lack of community support and low paying jobs. This upheaval in their lives causes some family members to make poor decisions, but it also makes them wonder where God is when life is hard, and how can they move past these serious problems and remain a loving family. I loved Claire's (the Mom) devotion to her family and her strong desire to keep her family together. Her own church family fails her, not offering her any emotional support. Her struggle with her marriage vows is huge, and the world would have her believe that because her spouse has failed her she should divorce him. You will have to read the book to find out what decisions she makes. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is nearly a riches to rags story.  A man worth billions, with a wife and three barely-grown children, is arrested for bilking thousands of people out of their life savings.  He is sent to prison for 20 years and leaves behind a family struggling with what their husband and father did to them.  Some drift away from other family members as their grief and anger engulf them.  The mother suffers the loss of the love of her life while trying to hold her family together and find a job, something she has never held in nearly 50 years of life.  The wife and daughter suffer most in trying to financially survive.   The author handles well the ambivalence family members have toward their husband and father and their strange new life.  Forgiveness plagues them all; can they do it?  But then their lives take such strange turns in ways they never thought possible, they wonder if they can forgive themselves, and if God can even forgive them all.   The book is a good example of faithfulness in marriage, even when things go terribly wrong, and the need for family to stay together.  It is a for-better-or-for-worse kind of book, and might be helpful as a gift to couples and families struggling for their own survival.
strgth4yu More than 1 year ago
I love the book cover of A Woman of Fortune from Kellie Coates Gilbert. The enticing red dress and the foreground of the book made me want to pick it up and read the story behind the cover. Though, the cover of the book was great. I did have a hard time getting through the book. A story of betrayal and humiliation of Claire Massey, a socialite woman who was married to Tuck,a cattle rancher. There life seemed like a dream, with fancy cars, a great big house, all the money they could have, and other luxuries you could imagine. When during an event, he is arrested for scamming people and stealing their money. He is prosecuted and sent to prison, while his wife and family is left to pick up the pieces of their lives. The story talks about how each member of the family dealt with the situation and how they moved forward. The author put realism in each character and at times there were a few instances that I could relate to the character. For me, it was a slow read, but a great story. I commend the author for stepping out and writing about real life issues that happens not only to the rich, but to the poor as well. Received this book from The Book Club Network my honest review.
chrisGA More than 1 year ago
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.
CaraPutman More than 1 year ago
In 15 minute chunks I inhaled Kellie Coates Gilbert's latest novel, A Woman of Fortune. I honestly didn't know if I'd have time to read this book, but the cover drew me. I LOVE that red dress. Then the characters and their problems sucked me in. In an author note, Kellie writes about what inspired the book. Essentially it was thinking about the families of men who engage in huge fraud cases. What would it be like to have everything ripped away from you? To learn that your entire life was built on fraud?  That's exactly the position that Claire Massey and her kids find themselves facing. They each respond in different ways, and the book reads like a slice of real life as Claire has to confront what has happened, and how she will ever piece her life back together. Everything from finding an apartment to locating a job is a challenge. But that's not what kept me turning the pages and thinking about the book when I couldn't read. What kept me glued to the story was the thought, What would I do? How would I respond? This book was a rare treat in women's fiction. While I don't usually read women's fiction, this one is going on my keeper file, and I can't wait for the next book in the series!