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Cartier's Hope by M.J. Rose
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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 Smithsonian. IN the early 1900’s it was owned by the house of Cartier.

In her previous book, Tiffany Blues, author M. J. Rose gave us a luscious historical and romantic look at the Tiffany family during the Jazz Age. In Cartier’s Hope, we are introduced to the Cartier family and the Hope Diamond, as well as life in the early 1900’s. This book features romance and mystery along with many characters and a detailed look at the changing times in New York City.

The main character is Vera Garland, the daughter of a wealthy department store owner. Her mother wants her to follow the upper-class role set out for young woman but Vera, who has graduated from college, wants to do something meaningful with her life. She is sensitive to privilege, fairness, and social needs and she wants to establish herself as an intrepid reporter like Nellie Bly. Her path makes life hard for her. When she learns of some serious family secrets, she becomes even more combative. How can she choose happiness- when life seems so unfair to her?

A gem cutter can see the beauty hidden in a rough stone and cut the stone so as to reveal the true beauty of the gem. When applied to life, we see that Vera can’t see the hidden beauty in her own life, in the life of her family and friends, or in the world. She interacts with some fascinating people, including her mother, the highly respected businessman and gentleman Pierre Cartier, and jeweler Jacob Asher. The ending of this story of trickery and deceit may surprise you.
Vera tackles quite a bit in the story- poverty, tenement life, women’s rights and suffrage, all while searching for her own place in the world. As a diamond gives off so much brilliance, this books shoots light at many different topics.

Thanks to Atria Books and NetGalley for a digital advanced review cop. This is my honest review.
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October 1, 2019 – Shelved

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