It is amazing how quickly life can change – how everything you take for granted can be snatched away in an instant. One would hope you would react appropriately and courageously but the initial shock might induce the opposite reaction. I personally hope I never have to learn that particular lesson the way Claire Massey did.

“A Woman of Fortune” chronicles what happened to the Massey family after a criminal investigation leads to the loss of nearly everything. Reactions of each family member differed in sometimes surprising ways. Claire experienced a gamut of emotions as she found her life changing daily. Her decisions were not always applauded by others but she was determined to make a future for herself. Forced to choose between bitterness and forgiveness, Claire bravely sought to do the right thing.

Well written and honest, “A Woman of Fortune” was not always easy to read due to some of its gritty but tactful scenes. The story contained valuable lessons for everyone – not just the very rich and powerful who find themselves taken down a peg or two. A thoughtful story with a strong theme of forgiveness and restoration, this novel is well worth reading.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


A Woman Of FortuneYou never know what you’re really made of until you lose everything.

Texas socialite Claire Massey is living the dream–designer clothes, luxury cars, stunning homes. But everything comes crashing down when her charming cattle broker husband is arrested for fraud. Suddenly she finds herself facing attorneys, a media frenzy, and a trail of broken hearts. Betrayed and humiliated, Claire must face incredible odds to save her family–and discover a life worth living.

Author Kellie Coates Gilbert delivers a story both poignant and emotionally gripping that celebrates the kind of fortune that lasts.

Read an excerpt from “A Woman of Fortune” HERE.


“In a story torn from the headlines, Kellie Coates Gilbert follows the roller-coaster ride of a white-collar fall from grace. With a unique feel for one woman’s struggle to heal the wounds of broken trust, A Woman of Fortune delves deftly into the meaning of family, the bonds of love, and the healing power of faith.”

Lisa Wingate, national bestselling author of Wildwood Creek and The Prayer Box

“Gilbert’s writing is smooth and engaging, and she explores emotional issues with grace.”

Julie Kibler, bestselling author of Calling Me Home

“Kellie Coates Gilbert has penned an emotionally complex story, depicting how the powerful Massey family handles a critical disruption in their lives. As each member of the family deals with the damage differently, their journey inspires us to explore our own hearts and our ability to survive painful challenges with our souls intact.”

Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free and When Mountains Move

“I didn’t want to watch, but I couldn’t look away as Claire Massey’s seemingly idyllic life shattered around her well-heeled feet. Kellie Coates Gilbert takes an engrossing, all-too-real story of crime and greed and surprises us with a tribute to the overcoming power of true love.”

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson, the Belle of All Things Southern and author of Sue Ellen’s Girl Ain’t Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy

“Kellie Coates Gilbert’s background as a legal investigator sets A Woman of Fortune apart. Countless times throughout this harrowing story, I found myself engrossed not only in the plot and characters but also in the detail given to the Massey family’s tumble from fortune and subsequent rise to the true meaning of life and love. Heroine Claire Massey’s decision to embrace forgiveness after such an intense betrayal will surely resonate with readers from every walk of life.”

Jolina Petersheim, bestselling author of The Outcast

“From the heights of glittering Dallas society to gray prison walls, Kellie Coates Gilbert deftly draws readers into a world of privilege, avarice, betrayal, and ultimately, redemption. A Woman of Fortune, the story of one woman’s struggle to know herself and protect her family, is not to be missed.”

Cathleen Armstrong, award-winning author of Welcome to Last Chance and One More Last Chance


Kellie Coates GilbertKellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal who investigated the largest cattle fraud case in US history. Her legal experience gives her an insider’s view into how people react under pressure. Gilbert explores the complexity of relationships in her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances. The author of Mother of Pearl, she currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with her husband. Learn more at