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Cartier's Hope

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  109 ratings  ·  85 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of the “lush, romantic historical mystery” (Kristin Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale) Tiffany Blues, a gorgeously wrought novel following an intrepid female journalist in Gilded Age New York as she chases the story of the Hope Diamond.

New York, 1910: A city of magnificent skyscrapers and winding subways, where poor immigrant
Hardcover, 336 pages
Expected publication: January 28th 2020 by Atria Books
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This fictional story, set against the backdrop of NYC’s Gilded Age, brings the glitter on the outside including Cartier’s jewelry store and his rich clientele. But there is a lot of corruption underneath, including mysterious diamond, causing much havoc, and mistreatment of less privileged and their injustices. Poor immigrants crammed into tenements contrast drastically with millionaires living in mansions on 5th Ave.

NYC, 1910: Vera Garland is the daughter of one of the wealthiest me
Kristina McMorris
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this forthcoming novel for a quote:

“From the very first page, Cartier’s Hope plunges the reader into the fascinating world of New York jewelers, journalists, and high society at the dawn of the Gilded Age. With her signature elegance and attention to detail, M.J. Rose weaves a twisting tale of greed, revenge, and masked identities that put love and lives at risk. A fast-paced historical novel that shines with as much intrigue and mystery as the Hope Diamond itself.”
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an advanced copy from the publisher. I didn't like this book because I thought it was going to be more about Cartier and the Hope Diamond than it was. By page 200, I still wasn't getting much. Also, I did not like the main character. I know I am not of the majority on this one. But I just didn't care for it and would not recommend.
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
My rating: 3.5 Stars

Where there is money to be made, greed and ego will often bring corruption. In the glamor and glitz of high end jewelry sales in an age of overindulgence one fiery woman will strive to make a mark for women everywhere through her insightful and hard-hitting investigative journalistic skills.

Wealthy, yet living a separate life, Vera Garland writes under a pseudonym and discovers something dark and tainted in the history of the prized Hope Diamond, as its owner, Cartier attempts to buil
Sep 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I really, really wanted to like this book a little more than I did! What drew me in initially was the Gilded Age and the Hope Diamond, certainly one of the most infamous jewels that has an intriguing story attached to it. What I got was also a book that was just as much about family secrets and the affects they can have. The premise of the story was interesting, but it took me quite a bit of the story to connect with Vera. I certainly understood her actions and I did eventually get a feel for he ...more
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book. The story was okay, but there are aspects of the story I wasn't really fond of. There were several references to homosexuality that wasn't necessary to the story, and there were parts that were pretty explicit about the main couple having sex, which also wasn't necessary, in my opinion. I almost didn't finish the story, but I did. I won't be reading it again.
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The story takes place in New York City in 1910. Vera Garland is the daughter of a wealthy merchant but her alter ego is Vee Swann, investigative reporter, fighting for equal rights for women. After her father passes away she discovers a secret he kept all her life and she decides to go undercover again to right a wrong. Cartier's has the Hope Diamond for sale and Vera feels that he is exploiting the stories of bad luck associated with the diamond to inflate the price.

I thought the book was goin
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book!
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are many things I like about the new book, Cartier's Hope by M.J. Rose. First, is the heroine of the story and our main character, Vera Garland. I love Vera's other identity to Vee Swann who lives much in much more humble accommodations and works as a news reporter. Second is the setting: New York City and set in 1910. I also liked reading about the contrasts between the lower class and upper class through Vera/Vee's eyes.

Cartier's Hope tells the story of the Garland Family, their secrets
The Curse of the Hope Diamond?

New York City. 1910.

This story takes place in the Gilded Age. Women could not vote and were treated as second class citizens in the journalistic world. To make a name for herself, Vera Garland intended to expose the story of the Curse of the Hope Diamond as false. On the way there, love and betrayal take precedence.

I thought the story line unique. Not as much historical fiction as I would have liked. I did enjoy the little bit of
diane wight
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recieved a publisher's advance copy of this book. True to M.J. Rose's writing this is another great book.. It is filled with mystery and love. Is the Hope Diamond real or a fake. no one is sure?
Andria Sedig
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Vera's father has recently died, leaving Vera with an empty feeling and a lack of support from her family as she pursues her passions to become a reporter, something a member of the 400 would never stoop to do. As Vera cleans her father's apartment, she discovers a letter that changes her world. Vera engages with a world of dazzling jewelry, extortion, blackmail, and political movements as she works to get justice for the man she holds responsible for her father's death.

I ab
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I would like to thank Net Galley for allowing me to read and review this book.
I have voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is not my favorite book. I found it difficult to read and to stay with the story. I thought I would be fascinated with it because the Hope Diamond has long been something in which I had an interest.

The time frame is the Guilded Age and we get a glimpse of wealth as the heiress leav
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
A little revenge story, part of a series offering free publicity for various high-end jewelers. Protagonist Vera is a society lady with some sad love affairs in her past. She works in disguise as Vee, a working-class reporter who chronicles New York's tenements, unsafe factories, and other social issues. When Vera discovers that her father and her mother's brother were lovers being blackmailed by a publisher, she comes up with a plan to expose the publisher for his nefarious deeds without exposi ...more
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m not going to lie - the legend of the Hope Diamond is beyond fascinating to me. If you know nothing about the legend of the Hope Diamond you will find out and jump down the rabbit hole. Greek mythology is interwoven with secret language of gemstones with rich descriptions throughout. The storyline is a simmer that never quite boils over. However, it does have a little bit of everything - mystery, blackmail/extortion, a woman who won’t let society slap a label on her, a little romance, and a ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
This one didn't quite live up to its potential. The idea for the story was a strong one, and I loved Vera, but overall it feels a little lacking. I think its because I expected more of a BANG when it came to her article and Oxly, but it was really anti-climactic considering it was supposed to be what was driving her for the entire book. For me the reveal of her romantic and professional past was almost more interesting than the main plot. I appreciate the way that the author wove in the history ...more
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2019
I’m a big fan of this author and was excited to get the chance to read an early copy of this book. I enjoyed the story, liked the pluckiness of the main character!
I thought the information about gems interesting.
I was surprised at the little twist at the end. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
MJ Rose's Cartier's Hope did not live up to her previous books. There was a lot of good about the book but it bogged down in places and took a long time to get to the main point. Vera Garland is a wealthy socialite. She has a conscience and fights for many rights for women, welfare reform, and better working conditions. Vera's uncle and then her father die, and Vera has had an accident and has hurt her back. She hears that Cartier's Jewelers has just acquired the Hope Diamond. She decides this c ...more
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A magnificent novel. I loved it! This might be MJ Rose's best novel yet. A magnificent dive into the Hope Diamond, women's empowerment and a surprise romance.


Thanks Atria for the review copy. All opinions are my own
Astrid Galactic
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Cartier's Hope by M.J. Rose is a novel of Historical Fiction that manages to blend both the old and the new world in its subject matter. The bulk of the story takes place in 1910 yet tackles subjects such as women's rights, homosexuality and abortion which are very much concerns from today's world. Yes, they were certainly issues from that period of time also but you won't find them addressed as freely in the literature written from that era. This is all centered around a story involving the fam ...more
Jena Henry
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even those of us who don’t know much about gemology will certainly light up when the Hope Diamond is mentioned. With a rare color and amazing size and owned at one time by Louis XIV- it truly is “Le Bijou du Roi”. According to legend, a curse befell the large, blue diamond when it was stolen from an idol in India — a curse that foretold bad luck and death not only for the owner of the diamond but for all who touched it. The Hope Diamond (named Hope after one of its owners) now resides in the Smi ...more
Susan Maxwell
1910 New York City, a feisty female reporter and a very famous, mysterious gem stone. Just a few of the many themes you will find in the historical fiction thriller Cartier's Hope.

Vera Garland is the daughter of a successful New York City merchant. She lives a life of privilege and is expected to embrace the traditional role of the Gilded Age wealthy woman, marriage, family and charity work. Vera has other ideas about how she wants to live her life. She secretly works as Vee Swann a
Sep 15, 2019 added it
“Cartier’s Hope” is set in NYC against the lush backdrop of the ultra wealthy, circa 1910 before women had the right to vote, when they were expected to be content to stay home as wives and mothers. Vera Garland is from one of NY’s upper crust families. As an unmarried 33 year old who is considered to be avant garde, even bohemian, she is constantly at odds with her mother who takes very seriously her role as a leading society matron. Vera was very close to her father and uncle who died within a ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cartier's Hope was a fun historical mystery. In the Gilded Age, the rich are super rich and the story of Vera Garland is one of privilege. The second story is Vera as Vee Swan, an ambitious journalist. Vee has done assignments on abortion, the sweat shops of the clothing trade, and life in a tenement.

In 1910, women did not have the right to vote and men did not want them to vote. Vera was expected to do society events, charity, and raise a family so for Vera/Vee to have a job was unusual. Women
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartier’s Hope by M.J. Rose is an intricate novel that is more then just a fictional story about the Hope Diamond. It is an historical fiction about the turn of the century 1900 in NY and gives us a glimpse of the two extremes that existed at that time. One sees how the majority lived: daily struggles to survive, eat, make a living, keeping safe, and the other half: the ultra-rich, the privileged. It also gives the reader a glimpse of how difficult it was for women at that time. It was near impo ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cartier’s Hope by M.J. Rose is an intricate novel that is more then just a fictional story about the Hope Diamond. It is an historical fiction about the turn of the century 1900 in NY and gives us a glimpse of the two extremes that existed at that time. One sees how the majority lived: daily struggles to survive, eat, make a living, keeping safe, and the other half: the ultra-rich, the privileged. It also gives the reader a glimpse of how difficult it was for women at that time. It was near impo ...more
Nov 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Although it took me some time to get into this novel, I read it quickly once I really got absorbed in the story. There were several things I really liked about it. First off was the setting: 1910 New York, a time and place on the cusp of change. Vera Garland (even her name suits the time period) was a journalist passionate about exposing the injustices to women. I loved the suffrage aspect of the story. And, of course, there was the legend of the Hope Diamond interwoven throughout the novel. ...more
gwendalyn _books_
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own

*Cartier's Hope*

In this latest masterpiece by author M. J. Rose, we are met by Vera Garland, a young lady of the upper crust in New York in the early 1900's, She's bold, and sometimes impulsive, yet still has a kind hearted . She searches out the injustices of life, and fights diligently for those she considers to be harmed. Yet
Nicole Laverdure
A little masterpiece of mystery! 5 stars plus

M.J. Rose is a very talented storyteller! This time, I'm very pleased with Cartier's Hope! She never disappoints me! In this story, we follow Vera an audacious and adventurous journalist as she investigates the story behind the Hope Diamond. Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, we follow her at a fast pace. You'll surely love this historical mystery filled with many twists and turns and intrigues! Another fascinating ro
Taylor Caitlin
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel surpassed all of my expectations. Cartier’s Hope is of beautiful imagery and set in the fascinating world of New York’s city high society in 1910, shortly Cartier’s acquirement of the Hope Diamond. I remember seeing the diamond in Washington DC during my middle school field trip there, but I don’t think I knew much about the legends and mystery surrounding it until reading this novel. The diamond, while essential for the plot, is only a small facet of this story. What I didn’t expect ...more
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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother's favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice... books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and re
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