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Cartier's Hope

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  1,168 ratings  ·  403 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 subway
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Atria Books
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Larry H
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
I love it when a book surprises you, not just with how compelling the story is but also with how layered the plot is, that it's so much more than you expected. That was definitely the case with M.J. Rose's newest book, Cartier's Hope .

New York, 1910. Vera Garland is the headstrong daughter of the owner of one of leading department stores. Much to her mother's chagrin, she has chosen to pursue a career as a journalist, a field that has not historically been amenable to women, paying them much
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, and corruption hidden inside, 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 merchants in the city. And she
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction set in New York City in 1910 - the Gilded Age. Vera comes from a wealthy merchant family and on the surface is a socialite; but, she has a secret life as journalist, Vee Swan, at a time when women aren't taken seriously.

This was an interesting story depicting the social structure during the period and the situation women were supposed to happily inhabit in the male dominated society. The story is interwoven with the mystery of the Hope Diamond - the history and the curse. I en
I love books that are set in New York, especially those that are historical fiction, and that setting did not disappoint me in Cartier's Hope by M.J. Rose. I read Tiffany Blues last year and loved it so I knew I had to read this book as well and I am so glad I did.

I listened to the majority of Cartier's Hope on audio and I have to say I really loved using that medium to devour the book. I am also happy I had a physical copy, but the audio was solid, and I really enjoyed the narrator which is Ta
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
The story of the Hope Diamond, women journalists, hidden identities, locked bookcases, and family secrets greet the reader of Cartier’s Hope.

Vera was the daughter of a wealthy businessman, but she needed to hide this fact so she could work at being a journalist for the stories women were assigned, and according to her mother to not disgrace the family’s name because she didn’t comply with social norms of being a married woman and a wealthy woman who didn't work.

Vera was always looking for a stor
Rating: 3.5 stars rounded down to 3 stars

After setting down this book today, I reflected on my total reading experience. I am giving this book 3.5 stars, but since I can’t give half stars on Goodreads, I’m rounding this down to 3 stars. This was a perfectly serviceable tale about life in New York City just past the Gilded Age (1870-1900). The main character, Vera Garland narrates her story. It is 1910, in New York City and she is from one of the rich ‘400 Families’. However, she is also working
Karen R
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I believe many historical fiction fans will enjoy this story surrounding socialite Vera Garland who becomes a passionate investigative writer/reporter, changing her name so she can anonymously chase a story about the Hope Diamond while also snooping on the rich and famous. I enjoyed being reminded of historical events going on in the world during that time and appreciated the author’s approach to weaving together history with fiction. Thanks to Atria books for the ARC in exchange for my honest r ...more
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 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. ...more
Mystery, romance, family secrets and the Hope Diamond set against the backdrop of New York City's Gilded Age. M.J. Rose has outdone herself with Cartier's Hope! Beautifully written and a captivating lead character. A must read for historical fiction lovers! ...more
Bam cooks the books ;-)
*3.5 stars rounded up.

M.J. Rose is an expert at writing lush, romantic historical fiction and this time her story is set in New York City during the Gilded Age. At the heart of the story is the magnificent Hope diamond that Pierre Cartier offers for sale in his new American jewelry salon. The legendary gem has a history of bad luck that Cartier is only too happy to exploit to pique the interest of potential buyers.

Rose's novel is told in first-person narrative by the character of Vera Garland,
Jamie Rosenblit
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
Forget the little blue box, any true jewelry connoisseur knows the way to a woman’s heart is the red box with the gold trim! When I learned MJ Rose was writing about Cartier & the Hope Diamond, I knew I had to get my hands on this book! ⁣

A 5 star read for me, Rose takes the reader on a journey of early 1900s in New York into the world of undercover journalism, beautiful gems and shady businessmen. I couldn’t turn the pages of Vera Garland’s story fast enough, needing to know more, and of course
Joan Happel
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is 1910 New York and the Gilded Age comes alive through the engaging storytelling of Ms. Rose. Vera Garland is the convention-defying heroine who is the center of this vibrant historical novel. Vera is determined to have a career as a muckraking journalist, eschewing the constraints of marriage and motherhood dictated by the societal mores of her time. While she is recovering from an injury she sustained during one of her investigations, Vera’s beloved father passes away and she inherits his ...more
Niki (nikilovestoread)
Set during New York's Gilded Age at the turn of the 20th century, Cartier's Hope by M. J. Rose is a story of opulence set against the quest for equality in women's rights. The story is told from the point of view of Vera Garland, a high society spinster who has never quite fit into that decadent world and works undercover as a journalist, using her connections to shine a light on the many injustices overflowing in New York and the country at large. As the story unfolds, the Hope Diamond, being o ...more
ⓐⓥⓡⓔⓔ ☞ The Bookish Blonde
DNF 23% I Have My Reasons...

As of 23% I am officially relegating this to my DNF pile (which is very small).

For the record I had enjoyed every second of this deliciously illustrative book up until the point I just couldn’t continue...

This book started out as an Edwardian enthusiast’s dream! I know some people gave low ratings for the overly descriptive details but that is my favorite part of reading historical fiction! And this author did that brilliantly. I’ve read much non-fiction history of th
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 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. ...more
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Historical Fiction novels that are able to take me back to the time with vivid and rich writing and dialogue! Add the Hope Diamond and Cartier, well that is every woman’s dream and this really piqued my interest and had to read this book! And glad I did because I LOVED IT!!

Vera Garland was a woman ahead of her time working as a journalist and who is also from a wealthy and well known family. As she learns more about the Diamond, she unearths shocking mystery about her own family.
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
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartier’s Hope does a fine job transporting the reader to New York City, 1910 where the wealthy live charmed lives filled with jewels, high-fashion and culture while the poor immigrants are subjected to sub-human work and living conditions. Vera Garland, a woman ahead of her time, rebels from her society upbringing seeking greater meaning as a journalist exposing injustices. After discovering a family secret, Vera uses the public’s fascination with Cartier’s newly acquired Hope Diamond to help i ...more
Jaymi The OC Book Girl
Vera Garland is a feisty and modern woman born into a wealthy and important family. Unfortunately it’s 1910 New York where women are expected to be subservient and female journalists are only needed to report on gossip and high society. However, there’s no stopping Vera when it comes to women’s rights and reporting the truth.

MJ Rose is a favorite author when it comes to historical fiction that is engaging and beautifully written. I was excited to learn more about the Hope Diamond and the house
The Lit Bitch
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I timed this read just right. I had just finished reading a Sebastian St Cyr mystery that featured the Hope Diamond or the French Blue and I was eager to read this one because it too featured the diamond I had been reading about.

I have been a fan of M. J. Rose for a long time as well and it’s been a long time since I’ve read a book by her and as soon as I dove into this one, I remembered how much I loved her books and I can’t believe it’s been so long since I read one!

If you have any
Feb 13, 2020 rated it liked it
A 3 Star Sparkling Gem of a Book

Would you like to learn more about gems within a setting of New York City in 1910? The protagonist, Vera, dwells in two worlds. She is one of the social elite as well as an undercover reporter who strongly believes in equal rights for women, workers, and all people. She has written exposes that have helped to improve conditions for workers, identify healthcare issues for women and document life in the dangerous tenements. Her father supports her independence and h
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 attemp
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
The glittery world of famed jeweler Pierre Cartier, the early days of the women's rights movement along with family drama/secrets and a young woman's search for justice and inner peace all combine for a well done multi-layered story.
Told from the perspective of Vera Garland, a member of elite New York society, Vera has two identities. She is also Vee Swann, an investigative reporter. Vera chafes against the societal mores of the day . Her alternate identity allows her to follow her natural inqu
A wonderful novel about the hope diamond in the time of Cartier, Louis Comfort Tiffany etal. Gets into the historical aspects of the curse of the hope diamond, jewelry making, social caste and women's rights. A gem of a read ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stand-alone-bk

*Newest book by M.J. Rose is a thrilling story of historical fiction, sure to please many!*

In the latest novel, a confident and bold young woman, growing up in the early 1900s, tackles inequality and injustice in a brave and trail-blazing way, as only she can. While I don't want to give away any spoilers, I *will* say that this book was very enjoyable, from its first page to its last, keeping me wanting to know what was beyond the next page. There were a couple of
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, 2020-books
A very slow build, but a wonderful story of mystery and intrigue.
This story captures the almost taboo of women journalists in the early twentieth century. Vera, forced to take a pseudonym to protect her identity and family's pride. Still reeling from her father's death, Vera discovers dark clues that hint to his death not being .an accident, but a result from black mail. Black mail that could destroy her family and father's reputation. Vera concocts a clever scheme using the "cursed" diamond to
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book!
Reeca Elliott
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-app, netgalley
Vera is from a wealthy New York family. But, she does not let this hold her back. She has an alter ego… Vee Swann. Vee is actually a journalist. During this time period of the gilded age, this is a huge, out of the norm, job for a female. When Vera runs across a family secret plus a family “suicide”, she is determined for Vee to get revenge and crack the mystery of the Hope diamond.

This is not my favorite M.J. Rose story. But, that is not to say it is not good. It is delicious! I just actually
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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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