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.
Claire can only watch in disbelief as federal agents arrested her husband at a prominent political fundraiser for their future son-in-law. In an instant, lives are changed. Her daughter’s relationship is over and she flounders in the aftermath. Her oldest son, who was employed by his father, must distant himself to protect his growing family. The staff must be laid off, and then the family home is taken as restitution. Tad Massey bilked the people they knew out of millions. Now Claire is finding out who her friends really are, even as she attempts to hold on to her self-worth and rebuild her life. But can she let go of her husband of thirty years?
Not everyone in A Woman of Fortune handles the changes with grace. Claire and her daughter, Lainie, were both born into wealth, but react differently to being without it. Lainie believes she needs nice things and social status to live. Her dream of being a politician’s wife is over, but did she love the fiancé or the dream? What is she willing to do to maintain her lifestyle? Her behavior is ugly, but should she get a pass considering everything that’s happened? The only family member seemingly unaffected by the changes is younger son, Max. Perhaps because he’d already struck out on his own, he’s able to be the pillar of support for everyone else.
Ultimately, the question asked in this beautiful novel is what is most important in life? Is it money, or social status, or having the love of friends and family around you? Claire does a lot of soul searching as she adjusts to her new life and eventually comes to some positive conclusions that help her remain strong with her dignity intact. In some ways, Claire reminds me of the Proverbs 31 woman. She “willingly works with her hands,” and “strength and honor are her clothing.” Thanks to her former housekeeper and friend, she comes to understand how good God really is.
One last thing: the epilogue is a must read due to a stunning revelation in it. It shows that no one is immune to temptation, and that pride does go before a fall. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Thank you to Revell for my complimentary review copy of A Woman of Fortune, which I received in exchange for an honest review.
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Publisher: Revell (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 03 June 2014
Page Count: 336