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A Woman of Fortune (Texas Gold Collection Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"With a unique feel for one woman's struggle to heal thewounds of broken trust, A Woman of Fortune delves deftly into themeaning of family, the bonds of love, and the healing power of faith."--Lisa Wingate, national bestsellingauthor of Wildwood Creek and The Prayer Box
"Gilbert's writing is smooth and engaging, and she exploresemotional issues with grace."--Julie Kibler, bestselling author of Calling Me Home
"I didn't want to watch, but I couldn't look away . . . KellieCoates Gilbert takes an engrossing, all-too-real story of crime and greed andsurprises us with a tribute to the overcoming power of true love."--Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle ofAll Things Southern and author of SueEllen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy
"Kellie Coates Gilbert has penned an emotionally complexstory . . . [that] inspires us to explore our own hearts and our ability tosurvive painful challenges with our souls intact."--Julie Cantrell, New YorkTimes and USA Today bestsellingauthor of Into the Free and When Mountains Move --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Author
In my former career, I spent a lot of time in courtroomsworking on high profile cases. People are often at their most vulnerable inthese tense situations where much is at stake, and I gained a uniqueperspective on the human psyche. Earlyin my writing career, I recognized there could be value in telling storiesabout women facing relationship fractures, betrayal, and loss and what it lookslike to exhibit strength and dignity in these journeys. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File Size : 2069 KB
- Print Length : 354 pages
- ASIN : B07K1H1VD7
- Publication Date : October 29, 2018
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Amnos Media Group; 2nd Edition (October 29, 2018)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #787 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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Oh my goodness, is this how the author views Texas? Nobody drinking anything other than sweet tea and Dr. Pepper? Comparing a bad day to "I felt like and Armadillo hit by a Ford Truck"? Reminding me every other paragraph that so-and-so was raised in Texas? Everyone saying "That just isn't done in Texas"?
Yes, we in Texas do have a culture and pride are all our own but this was ridiculous.
On top of that, the story kept being interrupted to give be back story.
Again, that author did a great job with her characters and making life seem real. Some people might blush a bit at the marital affection and other struggles that some of the characters had, but I thought the realism was the best part of the book and why I kept reading for so long.
Sorry Kellie - your story line was great, your characters pretty good and your opportunity to give God the glory was perfect - yet you chose not to use it. I cannot for the life of me understand why?
I wish you all the best with your future books - I do hope you read these reviews and listen to the readers.
The book is well-written. Mostly everything is told from Claire’s POV, which means that you don’t really get a full sense of the other character’s inner worlds, and motivations, but it works for the most part.
One thing that stands out is that the author clearly wants to paint Tuck and his actions in a sympathetic light. I found myself feeling sorry for him, and his family early on, because the plot centered much more on their losses than on how his actions affected others outside of the family circle. Many of the people who he robbed were painted as petty and/or vindictive, while Tuck was presented a great guy who made some big mistakes. Tuck’s remorse also seemed to be primarily about how he’d hurt his family. He owned up to his misdeeds, but not all, and then, only after he got caught.
This book is about forgiveness, but it also downplays the devastation crimes like this can cause to average men and women. It’s not unlikely that some of Tuck’s victims would have ended up homeless, or unable to pay medical bills, tuition for their children, etc. And, many of those who he deceived were close friends, family, church family, etc. Despite that, Claire is almost resentful of other people’s anger or unwillingness to overlook what he’d done. I wish that the author would have spent some time detailing what some of Tuck’s victims who didn’t have a safety net experienced.
*SPOILERS*I liked Claire’s character, but felt that she kept making excuses for her husband, and was much more concerned about her family’s suffering than the hundreds or thousands that his actions directly harmed. It wasn’t until she learned that he’d forged her signature that she was willing to condemn his actions without making excuses. I could have done without the traumatic scene towards the end, and would warn women who are expecting that it could be upsetting.
I disagree with other reviewers who suggest that his crimes were her fault; she seemed content enough when they were starting out and had little money. Rather, it was Tuck’s own past hurts and personal issues which led him to steal from the people around him, including family.
The best parts of the book are centered around the family building a new life, growing as individuals, and what that looks like. Claire’s reinvention is especially inspiring. I really enjoyed Brian’s character, and hoped for a different ending, even though it was clear where the author was going. Max was another great character who could have been fleshed out more. I agree that the Christian references are lightly sprinkled throughout, and some felt that it wasn’t enough, but they are present, if not overt. And again, the overall theme is about forgiveness.
Finally, the conclusion is wrapped up way too neatly, and it is rushed. Twenty years is too long a time to cover in a few sentences.
Top reviews from other countries
The story follows the Massey family and the ripple effect (earthquake shatter would be more appropriate?) of how the decisions of their patriarch affected the entire family.
I liked Max from the get-go, but I didn't sympathise with Claire much to begin with. Nor Lainie, if I'm honest, for a very long time. For some reason, I forgave Tuck very quickly. Heh.
Oh, and re: Epilgogue? Thanks for that, ah... particular ending. Justice was served twice. 🙊😂