Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Cartier’s Hope” by M.J. Rose, Atria, January 28,2020
M.J. Rose, Author of “Cartier’s Hope” has written a captivating, intriguing , intense and romantic, novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction, Romance with some Mystery. The timeline for this story is set around 1910 and goes to the past when it pertains to the characters or events. The story takes place in New York City. I love the way M.J. Rose vividly describes the diversity in the city, characters, and events. I also appreciate the historical research, and gemological research that M.J. Rose has done. The author describes her dramatic characters as colorful, complex and complicated. There are secrets, twists and turns, and danger. I found it fascinating that gemstones seem to have mystical and other qualities.
Vera Garland is a young woman who is a wealthy socialite, who also assumes the identity of a reporter with a pen name of Vee Swann. She writes a column “Silk, Saturn, and Sandals”, and often will describe what jewelry and accessories the wealthy are wearing. In this time period, women reports are not treated equally as men, and many times the men will get credit for what the women write. Vera is very inquisitive and likes to fight for what she feels is the right thing. When Vera discovers some letters hidden in her recently deceased father’s possessions, she is distraught.
Vera finds herself obsessed with the Hope Diamond which is at Cartier’s in the City, she is determined to unlock the mystery surrounding the gorgeous bluish stone. This investigation may help her in more ways than one. Little does Vera realize what dangers lie ahead, and what secrets may be exposed.
In this well-written story, the author discusses the importance of family, love, support, and acceptance. I would highly recommend this amazing novel to readers who appreciate Historical Fiction.