You never understand what you are really made of until you lose everything.
Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the fantasy–designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning houses. But everything comes crashing down when her capturing cattle agent husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing lawyers, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family–and find a life worth living.
Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a narrative both affecting and emotionally fascinating that observes the sort of fortune that survives.
They have been living the dream, based on the world. Tuck runs a huge cattle operation and is worth millions, if not a billion dollars. Claire is employed into a life of luxury, as are her kids: expensive cars, designer clothes, a magnificent house. They seem to want for nothing. But everything comes to a halt when Tuck is detained for what is possibly the largest cattle fraud the nation has ever seen. Claire now must confront the fact that many of the things she’s been loving and taking for granted were bought with stolen money. Because they’re such a popular family, the media jumps on the narrative, making the Massey’s families lives miserable. Claire now must deal with the fact that her husband is in prison, her children’s lives are falling apart, and she needs to locate a new home and means of supporting herself as all of the assets are used to pay off the people that lost money.
This is a narrative we can relate to in this very day and age. We see scandal all the time in the “upper class”, those we are supposed to “look up” to. And it’s always sad to find these people’s lives nit-picked before the world. In some ways I felt for Claire’s character, as she was taken by surprise, yet, as she even said at one point, she had no notion what was going on with their cash. She never challenged where it came from, or even thought about the cost of stuff before she purchased them. She let the riches and notoriety cloud whatever down to earth judgment she have had. But nothing about Jesus being our hope. I was actually loving the story, hoping it would be brought up somewhere, but the end seemed quite abrupt, and left me needing to learn more about the families religious development.