by M.J. Rose
M.J. Rose first saw the Hope Diamond when she was in 10 years old and her mom told her all about what bad luck it brought its owners. Years later, a jewelry historian told her that a lot of that bad luck had been fabricated by Pierre Cartier to build up excitement for the stone when he offered it for sale.
And that’s when the idea for her newest novel sprung to life.
A February Indie next Pick
From M.J. Rose, New York Times bestselling author of Tiffany Blues, “a lush, romantic historical mystery” (Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale), comes a gorgeously wrought novel of ambition and betrayal set in the Gilded Age.
New York, 1910: A city of extravagant balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and poor immigrants crammed into crumbling Lower East Side tenements. A city where the suffrage movement is growing stronger every day, but most women reporters are still delegated to the fashion and lifestyle pages. But Vera Garland is set on making her mark in a man’s world of serious journalism.
Shortly after the world-famous Hope Diamond is acquired for a record sum, Vera begins investigating rumors about schemes by its new owner, jeweler Pierre Cartier, to manipulate its value. Vera is determined to find the truth behind the notorious diamond and its legendary curses—even better when the expose puts her in the same orbit as a magazine publisher whose blackmailing schemes led to the death of her beloved father.
Appealing to a young Russian jeweler for help, Vera is unprepared when she begins falling in love with him…and even more unprepared when she gets caught up in his deceptions and finds herself at risk of losing all she has worked so hard to achieve.
Set against the backdrop of New York’s glitter and grit, of ruthless men and the atrocities they commit in the pursuit of power, this enthralling historical novel explores our very human needs for love, retribution—and to pursue one’s destiny, regardless of the cost.
February 2020 Indie Next Pick: “It’s New York in 1910 — the Gilded Age — when the rich were very rich and romantic stories about big, luscious gemstones were the talk of evening parties and afternoon teas. Once again, Rose takes us behind the scenes for a look at the decadence, greed, and notoriety that comes with her historical era of choice. In Cartier’s Hope, reporter Vera Garland investigates famous jeweler Pierre Cartier, whom she suspects manipulated the value of the famous Hope Diamond. As usual, no one writes this kind of historical fiction like M.J. Rose. Oooh, this one’s delicious!” —Linda Bond, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA
“A Gilded Age gem highlighting social injustices and an ahead-of-her-time woman’s resolve to make a difference. A must-read for lovers of atmospheric historical fiction.” —Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Rose’s newest title is complex and compelling, with many threads of history, plot, and character that weave together into a bold, satisfying tapestry. . . . Smart, fierce, lovely, and intricate.” —Kirkus (starred review)
“Vivid. . . .The narrative cleverly explores highlights of early 20th-century history and heaps on plenty of intrigue. Rose irresistibly combines elements of mystery, romance, and historical events in this memorable novel.” —Publishers Weekly
“M.J. Rose soars with Cartier’s Hope, a heady tale of romance, intrigue and empowerment. Brava!” —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris
“From the very first page, Cartier’s Hope plunges the reader into the fascinating world of New York jewelers, journalists, and high society at the dawn of the Gilded Age. With her signature elegance and attention to detail, M.J. Rose weaves a twisting tale of greed, revenge, and masked identities that put love and lives at risk. A fast-paced historical novel that shines with as much intrigue and mystery as the Hope Diamond itself.” —Kristina McMorris, New York Times bestselling author of Sold on a Monday and The Edge of Lost
“Nobody conjures up historical mystery like MJ Rose, and this brilliant, absorbing novel has it all. Immerses readers in an unforgettable world that beguiles to the final page. Rose proves once again that her superb storytelling and powerful prose are second to none.” —Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author of The Golden Hour