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New York, 1910: A city
of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into
crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is
growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated to the
fashion and lifestyle pages. But Vera Garland is set on making her mark in a
man’s world of serious journalism.
Shortly after the world-famous Hope Diamond is acquired for a record sum, Vera begins investigating rumors about schemes by its new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, to manipulate its value. Vera is determined to find the truth behind the notorious diamond and its legendary curses—even better when the expose puts her in the same orbit as a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.
Appealing to a young Russian jeweler for help, Vera is unprepared when she begins falling in love with him…and even more unprepared when she gets caught up in his deceptions and finds herself at risk of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve.
Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power, this enthralling historical novel explores our very human needs for love, retribution—and to pursue one’s destiny, regardless of the cost.
I am generally uncomfortable writing a bad or negative review about anything. It often boils down to “it’s not my thing” or “I didn’t enjoy this, but it might be great for you.”
This is very much the case with Cartier’s Hope.
I read the description, thought it sounded intriguing, and jumped on my chance to review it early through NetGalley.
So. Much. Exposition.
The author felt it was in the reader’s best interest to know
every minute detail about every scene,
every object in that scene,
and every explanation of why those things were in the scene.
I tried. I really tried. Thinking that the author was just trying to build up the beginning to let us, the reader, feel truly comfortable in the setting… but alas. No.
I was 41% into the book before we got to the investigations, schemes, and love interest mentioned in the description.
To sum up:
if you like to know ever detail about the story you are reading,
this book will be great for you. I hope you enjoy!
The Final Verdict
My rating: 1.5 stars
Would I recommend? No