Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert

Monday, June 2, 2014

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.









About Kellie

FIFTEEN THINGS ABOUT KELLIE COATES GILBERT . . . 
  1. I fell for my skydive instructor (pun intended) and we’ve been married over thirty years.
  2. I appeared on the popular television game show, Price is Right.
  3. I made Ted Kennedy’s bed (as a maid at the Sun Valley Lodge).
  4. Part of my skull was temporarily stored in a cooler during brain surgery.
  5. I’ve been to a Rocky Mountain Oyster fry. (don’t ask…look it up).
  6. I’ve herded sheep.
  7. I’ve attended a presidential inaugural ball.
  8. I know how to tell the difference between a male and a female crab.
  9. My first office was in the Idaho State Capitol Building.
  10. I was a popcorn ball in my fourth grade Christmas pageant.
  11. My Gram called me her “precious puddin’ gift of God.” I’ve tried to get my husband to use that term of endearment, but he refuses.
  12. The popular doll, Barbie, and I are nearly the same age.
  13. There were sixteen students in my high school graduating class.
  14. I decided to play golf because the clothes are so cute.
  15. My life motto is: Prone to wander, chained to grace.
AND A LITTLE MORE . . . 
I barely remember a time when I didn’t have a book in my hand. My tiny hometown of Carey, Idaho had no library, no bookstore. The bi-weekly bookmobile provided the only avenue to books . . . that, and my Gram, who spent a lot of her Social Security checks on books for her granddaughter with an insatiable appetite for stories.
I grew up on a sheep ranch in southern Idaho, a business my family had been in for generations, never dreaming I’d ever see my own name on a novel. I left home to attend Boise State University and spent most of my adult years pursuing a sensible legal career, raising two boys, and learning to be happily married.
But God heard the quiet prayers of a woman who dared to dream big and ask her Lord for the outrageous. In early 2011, I signed my first book contract. Today, I am living my fantasy. I live in Dallas with my husband. I work from home, writing novels. Often by the pool.
Can life get any better?

 My Take:

Kellie's sophomore book, A Woman of Fortune is ripped from today's headlines, and I dare you to be able to put this book down. I couldn't and I know I will continue to think about these characters long after I have closed this book.
Claire's husband Tuck is charged with cattle fraud, selling cattle that are on paper, but not on his land. The Massey's are Texas socialites, and in one day they go from living on a spacious estate, to their father/husband in prison; their clothes, jewelry, cars, even their daughter, Lainie's horse, Pride being confiscated.
With Tuck in prison, they will all have to find their way. Will Claire leave her lying, stealing, husband or will she stand by her man. What will her three children, Garrett, Max, and Lainie do? How will they handle their father's crimes.
Kellie writes a book so full of emotion and heartache that you are literally feel as though you are going through this with the characters.  The spiritual element is not overwhelming or preachy, however, you will walk away from this book thinking about what Jesus told Peter about forgiveness.

Highly recommended!!




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