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Cartier's Hope: A Novel

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From M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues, “a lush, romantic historical mystery” (Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale), comes a gorgeously wrought novel of ambition and betrayal set in the Gilded Age.

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
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published January 28th 2020 by Atria Books
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Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Kristina McMorris
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.”
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
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Joan Happel
Dec 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 ...more
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Kay
I received this from for a review.

Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power.

It felt like this was more of a story of the haves and the have-nots of the gilded age.


Dec 14, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was really interested in this novel. It takes place just before WW1, and follows a girl named Vera, who is dealing with the fallout from her father's death. She works as the anonymous writer for a gossip column, using her status as the daughter of a socialite who attends galas and parties among other rich people. There's a supposedly cursed diamond, and Vera makes it her goal to investigate it.

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 history I did encounter - how paste
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent book!
Astrid Galactic
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 ...more
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
diane wight
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent and satisfying historical fiction read. The author brought the Gilded Age alive, and the characters were intriguing and so were their storylines. I loved how even though this is a work of fiction, there were some real characters and historical events incorporated within the story. I also loved how there was such a satisfying blend of mystery, social issues, family dynamics, and even a romance. I highly recommend this book!
Sarah Knipe
This eARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Set in New York City in 1910, Vera Garland is the daughter of a wealthy family that owns the Garland Emporium retail store. She also works as a female journalist known under the pseudonym Vee Swann trying to make it in a man’s world. She is chasing down the story of the supposedly cursed Hope diamond, owned by Cartier’s jewelry store, in order to avenge her father’s untimely death. Along the way she meets the
gwendalyn _books_
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 she still
Jacinda Literature Babe
Blue Diamonds are a Readers best friend! It's a reading frenzy when you can't put a book down...
M.J. Rose is on fire with this soon to be on the shelves Historical Read.
The Hope Diamond is only one of the brilliant stars in this delicious story set in 1910 New York City...where glamorous women, suffragettes, and rule breakers fight for their piece of the big apple, despite what the men say. This story sparkles!

The Hope Diamond arrives at the Cartier Jewelry Store in New York City. Newspapers
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 leaves her fabulous home to live
Rochelle Hickey
Through most of Cartier’s Hope I had a hard time figuring out what the plot was. It went from women news reporting in 1900, to forbidden love, to family secrets, to history of the Hope Diamond, to revenge, and then romance. It wasn’t until the last quarter of the book that all the stories started falling into place. At times the narration gets caught up in a history lesson and begins to sound like a textbook. Vera’s romance with Jacob felt like the only not forced dialog of the book. That being ...more
Jenny Waterman
MJ Rose new release Cartier’s Hope follows Vera Garland a New York society woman posing undercover as a news journalist to expose the curse of the Hope diamond as a marketing ploy. I had high expectations for this book and hoped to fall in love with the mystique and lore surrounding the Hope diamond and the romanticism and history of Cartier’s. Instead I found myself imbeciles in society norms and expectations- including the main focus demanding equality treatment and pay for female reporters. ...more
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Tiffany Foskey
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story so much!!!!!!! It is about a heroine that all women can identify with and enjoy and root for.
Cartiers Hope is a fiction story about the famous Hope diamond. Vera Garland is a young reporter/socialite in the early 1900's. Trying to make a name for herself in the industry of journalism. Vera has a pseudonym that she writes under because her real persona would never be taken seriously in this era sadly. In an effort to extract revenge she begins scheming investigating the
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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

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