☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
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.
M.J. Rose’s Cartier’s Hope blends mystery and history in the glittering Glided Age. Set in 1910 New York, the story is about a plucky woman’s quest to further her career as a journalist and avenge her father’s death.
This well-written mystery is narrated by the main character, Vera Garland. She is a fantastic character! She breaks most, if not all, convention by pursuing a career instead of a husband. She is sometimes impulsive, and always a feminist and suffragette. I loved the lush story background, and the rich details made me feel immersed in the story. The addition of relevant social issues of the era made the story more realistic. I relished the blend of jewelry, legend and lore as well as the background information on the Cartier family and the making of paste copies of gems.
Themes of tolerance of imperfection and the price of revenge are woven into this delicious mystery.
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