• Marilyn Rondeau

Cartier’s Hope by M.J. Rose

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

Set in New York, 1910: This is a marvelous story set in the Gilded Age of New York of an intrepid female journalist in as she chases the story of the Hope Diamond for both personal and professional reasons.

Vera Garland is a thirty-two-year-old journalist, fighting alongside hundreds of women for a place in society, only to meet hurdles around every turn. She didn’t use her own name because she was from the wealthier side of New York and was determined to make a name for herself without involving her family. Most female journalists are delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages but like her hero, Nellie Bly, Vera is a fighter.

In dealing with the sudden deaths of both her beloved uncle and father, Vera discovered a letter that explained her uncle’s suicide and her father’s heart attack as well as the person who caused both. Knowing who set Vera on a path of revenge.

When news of the Hope Diamond—a jewel whose infamous legends and curses have captured the world’s attention—arrives in the city, Vera is fast on its trail. She’s certain the fabulous jewel will help jumpstart her career along with her determination to use that information in seeking revenge against a magazine owner whose greed and blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.

Filled with numerous historical figures and descriptive scenes of New York back in the early 1900s this is a lush and sweet historical as well as a bit of romance as Vera cultivated and fell in love with one of Cartier’s employees while writing her story. This was a good read to sit back and relive history from long ago.

Marilyn Rondeau

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