Good morning everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. For once I can say happy Monday, because I am still in weekend mode courtesy of the long weekend here in the States. I enjoyed spending time with family and having a little extra time to work on this blog as well as read a bit.
It’s been way too long since I took part in Goodread’s Monday, a weekly meme where anyone can choose to highlight a book from their Goodreads TBR and was originally created by Lauren’s Page Turners. For this week I’ve chosen Cartier’s Hope by, one of my favorite authors, M.J Rose.
New York, 1910: A city of magnificent skyscrapers and winding subways, where poor immigrants are crammed into tenements while millionaires thrive in Fifth Avenue mansions. Vera Garland is a thirty-two-year-old journalist, fighting alongside hundreds of women for a place in society, only to meet hurdles around every turn. Most female journalists are delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages but like her hero, Nellie Bly, Vera is a fighter.
When news of the Hope Diamond—a jewel whose infamous legends and curses have captured the world’s attention—arrives in the city, Vera is fast on its trail. She’s certain the fabulous jewel will help jumpstart her career but she’s determined to seek revenge against her current employer, a magazine owner whose greed and blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.
Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, this enchanting historical novel explores the very human desire for truth, equality, and retribution (Goodreads, 2020).
Comments: There are so many things I find attractive about this story. First, I love M.J. Rose’s books and will pretty much read anything written by her. Second, I find the Gilded Age a fascinating time period and always want to learn more about it. And lastly, I have an interest in the history of jewelry so this also caught my attention. This book is definitely high up on my TBR.