A Woman of Fortune
series: Texas Gold Collection
- Pub. Date
- May 2014
You never know what you're really made of until you lose everything.
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.
Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a story both poignant and emotionally gripping that celebrates the kind of fortune that lasts.
"Gilbert's writing is smooth and engaging, and she explores emotional issues with grace."--Julie Kibler, international bestselling author of Calling Me Home
"With a unique feel for one woman's struggle to heal the wounds of broken trust, A Woman of Fortune delves deftly into the meaning of family, the bonds of love, and the healing power of faith."--Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Wildwood Creek and The Prayer Box
"I couldn't look away . . . Kellie Coates Gilbert takes an engrossing, all-too-real story of crime and greed and surprises us with a tribute to the overcoming power of true love."--Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, The Belle of All Things Southern and author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy
"An emotionally complex story . . . [that] inspires us to explore our own hearts and our ability to survive painful challenges with our souls intact."--Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move
Kellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history, giving her an insider's view into how people react under pressure. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.
"In a story torn from the headlines, Kellie Coates Gilbert follows the roller-coaster ride of a white-collar fall from grace. With a unique feel for one woman's struggle to heal the wounds of broken trust, A Woman of Fortune delves deftly into the meaning of family, the bonds of love, and the healing power of faith."
Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Wildwood Creek and The Prayer Box
"Gilbert's writing is smooth and engaging, and she explores emotional issues with grace."
Julie Kibler, bestselling author of Calling Me Home
"Kellie Coates Gilbert has penned an emotionally complex story, depicting how the powerful Massey family handles a critical disruption in their lives. As each member of the family deals with the damage differently, their journey inspires us to explore our own hearts and our ability to survive painful challenges with our souls intact."
Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move
"I didn't want to watch, but I couldn't look away as Claire Massey's seemingly idyllic life shattered around her well-heeled feet. Kellie Coates Gilbert takes an engrossing, all-too-real story of crime and greed and surprises us with a tribute to the overcoming power of true love."
Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern and author of Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy
"Kellie Coates Gilbert's background as a legal investigator sets A Woman of Fortune apart. Countless times throughout this harrowing story, I found myself engrossed not only in the plot and characters but also in the detail given to the Massey family's tumble from fortune and subsequent rise to the true meaning of life and love. Heroine Claire Massey's decision to embrace forgiveness after such an intense betrayal will surely resonate with readers from every walk of life."
Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Outcast
"From the heights of glittering Dallas society to gray prison walls, Kellie Coates Gilbert deftly draws readers into a world of privilege, avarice, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption. A Woman of Fortune, the story of one woman's struggle to know herself and protect her family, is not to be missed."
Cathleen Armstrong, award-winning author of Welcome to Last Chance and One More Last Chance
"Claire is a strong female lead. It's refreshing that she does not buckle under the immense pressure she is facing, and the human quality of her struggle is relatable to readers. Though this story is a work of fiction, it feels as if it could be based on real life. This tale of family and faith brings to light what truly matters in life and the desperate struggle to hold onto it."
RT Book Reviews
"Once again, Kellie Coates Gilbert crafts a novel borrowed from the headlines, this time drawing on her experience as a legal investigator. She creates empathy for people involved in complex situations as the novel's characters fumble to reclaim and reestablish their faith when society's judgment and solutions aren't necessarily God's choices."
"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."
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