The book is really two books in one. Stories of greed and tragedy in the lives of previous owners of the Hope Diamond make up about half of the total pages. I'm not that fond of reading about real tragedy for pleasure, so I generally skimmed over these parts when I realized they weren't important to understanding the main story.
So the present day suspense story didn't have many pages to develop the story. Without spoiling the story, I can only say that I would have been more engaged by the story of a smart woman making her way through a difficult planning and emotional situation than the story of a smart woman who's easily taken in and manipulated by a thief with hints that the heroine's true motives are being hidden from the reader. It was an interesting read, but I was left wishing for the story I would have preferred.
The Christian element was the heroine suddenly realizing at the end that the only true love that she needs comes from God. It felt like it came out of nowhere and was tacked on to make it a "Christian" book.
This book was a good read. I enjoyed the historical notes and stories in the book. I found them accurate and fascinating. I was disappointed in the lack of Christian morals and values in the book. There was no part in the book that made me feel like this was "Christian fiction." To me, Christian fiction brings God into the book in such a way that He is glorified and part of at least one character's life. This book presented neither.
this book was an ok read. The author writes well and it was intetesting enough. My problem was it seemed to drag in places and there wasn't enough suspense. One of my main issues is Abby was so intelligent and had such an important job but she was so easily taken in by a life long thief. The book was a clean read but I wouldn't especially call it Christian Fiction.