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From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every girl's dream. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling for survival in a cold, cruel world. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares -- dark and clouded with fear and desperation. By the time Tony thaws ...
From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every girl's dream. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling for survival in a cold, cruel world. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares -- dark and clouded with fear and desperation. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want.
For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He showered with attention, respect, and charm and covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Finally, Robin came to understand God's love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. On a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed.
Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire's bride begin to burden her hopes for happiness. Robin struggles to cope with the never-ending details of the shower, ceremony, reception, and honeymoon; the prospects of changing her name and relocating; and the very public image she must suddenly adopt; all while dealing with her father's very serious legal problems.
As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin questions whether she is truly the woman God has made for him. Is she the girl of his dreams? His vast material wealth begins to overwhelm her. Nightmares from a forgotten past return in full force, reminding
Robin of an even deeper and more terrifying prospect. Will she give in to her insecurities and cancel Boston's "Royal Wedding" for good? Or, with God's guidance, can Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth
Inspired by the Critically Acclaimed Christian Anthology - The Jewel Trilogy -- Greater Than Rubies takes place immediately after book 1 and before book 2.
Posted July 17, 2013
I loved this novella as much as I did Sapphire Ice.
I received a free copy of this book from The Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
At the start of this story Robin and Tony have just gotten engaged. Their lives are still vastly different.
Robin has learned to rely on no one, especially a man. She works hard to keep herself and her sisters housed, fed and her youngest sister in college.
Tony on the other hand has built a virtual business empire. One of his ways to express his love for others is to give gifts to them.
As they move toward their wedding day the biggest challenge is coming as they learn to share their differences and work together to achieve their happily ever after.
Hallee has done a remarkable job of developing the plot for this story. She weaves it together in a way that I was pulling for Robin and Tony to work through each crisis that came their way. It’s wonderful to see how the characters develop and turn to friends and family for support. Then, in turn, their friends help them to call upon God for direction.
The clarity that she uses to express their faith and trust in God is a breath of fresh air. It truly shows how much we all need strong supportive friends who know the Lord and know how to direct us to Him in all the storms of life.
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Posted July 13, 2013
Robin has accepted Tony's marriage proposal. Now comes the hard part - planning a wedding that is being considered Boston's largest wedding in years. Robin is suffering from nightmares from her past, doubts about being the new Mrs. Viscolli, and fear over her wedding night. She isn't sure she can go through with the marriage despite her love for Tony.
This is a novella that fits into the trilogy right after book 1. It continues the story of Robin, but gives a better glimpse of the two younger sisters as well. I enjoyed getting a closer look at the two characters and liked how it tied up several little ends to the story. Some parts felt a bit unrealistic such as the part about Robin's dad. But I'm also a sucker for happy ever after so the story ended well for me. All in all, a good story that has me looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.
I received this book free of charge from Book Fun in exchange for my honest review.
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Posted June 12, 2013
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