Greater Than Rubies: Novella Inspired by the Jewel Series

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Robin Bartlett said, "Yes!" Will she say, "I do," when the big day arrives?

From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By ...

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Overview

Robin Bartlett said, "Yes!" Will she say, "I do," when the big day arrives?

From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want. 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.

For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He teased Robin and pursued her. He showered with attention, respect, and charm. He covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Tony satisfied every heart's desire. Finally, Robin came to understand God's love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. Then, on a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed and Robin eagerly said "Yes!"

Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire's bride begin to crowd out her hopes for happiness. Robin worked for tips until just a few months before Tony proposed on that sunny stretch of sand. In fact, she waited his table less than half a year earlier. Having no experience facing these challenges, Robin struggles to cope feeling the pressures of relocating; of unreliable transportation; of the never-ending details of the shower, the ceremony, the reception, the honeymoon; of worries that her sisters will smoothly transition along with her; of changing her name; all while dealing with her father's very serious legal problems.

As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin begins to grasp the scale of her fiancé's vast material wealth and holdings, the responsibilities of the virtual empire he commands. She witnesses his generosity when he takes on a young protégé straight from the tough South Boston streets.

Ultimately, Robin questions whether she is truly the girl of Tony's dreams. Is she the woman God has made for him? In taking her on as a wife, would she act as helpmeet or poison apple? In truly loving Tony, would it be better to bind herself to him for all eternity or return his freedom? When her nightmares return in full force, they remind 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, will Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939603180
  • Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2012
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2013

    All the books in the Jewel Trilogy will get and keep your attent

    All the books in the Jewel Trilogy will get and keep your attention from the first word. They cleverly intertwine all the elements of a well written story without compromising Christian values. I have to admit I was a little worried when I saw it was an edgy Christian romance, however Hallee gave some spice to the novel while keeping it clean and enjoyable. I love how the stories talk about living out your faith and that with God nothing is impossible. I recommend this entire series of novels by Hallee Bridgeman!

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2013

    Loved these books!

    All of the books are well-written and had me wanting to keep reading. It us such a blessing to read a goid Christian book!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Extra bonus!

    More than just a book about the wedding we were all looking for at the end of Sapphire Ice, this kept me guessing right till the end. Awesome book.
    Amy J

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Beautiful

    Robin is a down to earth kind of girl who happens to find love in a very special man who happens to be a Christain first and then a billionare second. Not to many books are like this one two find this type of love.

    Great read
    Cant wait to read next book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    Great read

    Refreshing to read. Christin values in real world situations despite the money. I will purchase more from this author. Wonderful to find a Christian author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2013

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    Remember what I saw in my last post about Robin growing onto me

    Remember what I saw in my last post about Robin growing onto me the more I read Sapphire Ice? Well, midway through reading Greater Than Rubies, I was more than prepared to retract that statement. Was I mad when she made the choice to let her fears dictate her life? Yes, definitely. It took me awhile to get past my annoyance and see that while most brides get wedding jitters, Robin's fears goes farther than just wedding jitters. I also realized that while most brides get wedding jitters, Robin's is somewhat different as she is marrying a famous industry magnate, the cream of the crop, so to speak.

    Greater Than Rubies is the sequel to Sapphire Ice. There are the same characters, but the major difference is that now, Robin is engaged to Tony. While they still face problems similar to the problems they faced in Sapphire Ice, in this sequel, they learn to face them and make the decision whether to conquer or submit to them.

    While everything was in the third point-of-view throughout the book, there were gaps when the third point-of-view did not sufficiently illustrate and describe a character's thoughts. For example, although Robin's fears were portrayed in a realistic manner and I could grasp the enormity of them just based on the descriptions of her emotions and thoughts, it wasn't so when she made her final decision. I wanted to know what she was thinking, what was going through her mind when she made her decision and gave her conditions, but unfortunately, readers weren't given that view.

    The more I get to know Tony's character, the more I like him. It's easy to see why Robin fell in love with him! For him, a billionaire, to trust a homeless teenage guy, clothe him, and bring him into his home, that takes a lot and speaks volumes about Tony's character. Being a philanthropist like many rich people are nowadays is one thing, walking the talk and actively participating in changing a life of a person is another.

    I liked the way a major problem is suddenly thrown into the story more than halfway through it. Of course, it'll be great if there was a plot twist earlier, but better late than never, right? The pace of the story in the first half lulls you into a false sense of security (that is, if you didn't read the story's blurb before reading the story) and then suddenly throws a big obstacle right out of nowhere. It makes you wonder if the story will have a happily ever after ending or a sad ending.

    Conclusion: The story is more or less evenly paced. It gives us a peak into what it's like to have wedding jitters. Like in the previous book, there are parts where conversations are little "preachy". Despite that, there are some real lessons to be garnered from reading Greater Than Rubies.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through The Book Club Network review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    SURPRISES

    It is avery good christain romance. There are many bible verses which i love. I am 12 and think anybody older would love it too!!!!! Robin is an amazing christain and person. Toni is just sooooooooo sweet and romantic. I wish it would go on forever but every book has to end. Maxine and sarah have their own books. The 2nd book is maxines and the 3rd book is sarahs. I just started the third and i read the second also the second one was also amazing!!!!!!! This author has just out done herself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    Strong characters. The only downside was the high degree of repetition.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2013

    I loved this novella as much as I did Sapphire Ice. I received

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 18, 2013

    I would recommend

    I enjoyed reading this book

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2013

    Did not enjoy

    This book is probably best for those who read the first book. I did not enjoy the style of writing and gave up after a few pages.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

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    Robin has accepted Tony's marriage proposal. Now comes the hard

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Highly Recommended - Childhood Fantasy Come True

    Hallee Bridgeman knows what all little girls dream of and she wove a story about it. At least, that how it seems. One of my favorite childhood fantasies involved an extremely good-looking, intelligent, (tall, dark, handsome) and rich man saving me from my lower middle-class existence. Mix in some dark and interesting family secrets and you have a story that will keep you turning pages until it's done. That's the point, isn't it? And Hallee Bridgeman is good at it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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