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Robin Bartlett said, "Yes!" Will she say, "I do," when the big day arrives?From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, strugRobin Bartlett said, "Yes!" Will she say, "I do," when the big day arrives?From his cultured handsome looks to his vast fortune, Antonio "Tony" Viscolli is every red-blooded American girl's dream match. It doesn't hurt that he completely loves and adores Robin with all his heart and soul from practically the moment they first meet. Robin comes from a blistering past, struggling and fighting for the survival of herself and her two younger half-sisters in a cold, cruel world. By the time Tony thaws her heart, she has known hunger, poverty, violence, and want. Robin never had a chance to dream of a white wedding gown or a prince charming. Instead, her dreams were nightmares dark and clouded with fear and desperation.For months, Tony courted the blond beauty with the sapphire eyes. He teased Robin and pursued her. He showered with attention, respect, and charm. He covered her in diamonds, sapphires, and rubies. Tony satisfied every heart's desire. Finally, Robin came to understand God's love for her as imitated by the unconditional love Tony freely offered. Then, on a sunny Florida beach, Tony proposed and Robin eagerly said "Yes!"Back in bitter cold Boston, doubts about becoming a billionaire's bride begin to crowd out her hopes for happiness. Robin worked for tips until just a few months before Tony proposed on that sunny stretch of sand. In fact, she waited his table less than half a year earlier. Having no experience facing these challenges, Robin struggles to cope feeling the pressures of relocating; of unreliable transportation; of the never-ending details of the shower, the ceremony, the reception, the honeymoon; of worries that her sisters will smoothly transition along with her; of changing her name; all while dealing with her father's very serious legal problems.As the date draws inexorably near and the pressure mounts, Robin begins to grasp the scale of her fiancé's vast material wealth and holdings, the responsibilities of the virtual empire he commands. She witnesses his generosity when he takes on a young protegee straight from the tough South Boston streets.Ultimately, Robin questions whether she is truly the girl of Tony's dreams. Is she the woman God has made for him? In taking her on as a wife, would she act as helpmeet or poison apple? In truly loving Tony, would it be better to bind herself to him for all eternity or return his freedom? When her nightmares return in full force, they remind Robin of an even deeper and more terrifying prospect. Will she give in to her insecurities and cancel Boston's "Royal Wedding" for good? Or, with God's guidance, will Tony sacrifice everything to prove to his beloved Robin her true worth?...

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  • Amanda
    2018-10-16 18:14

    This was a good Christian romance novel, as many would be able to guess simply from the title and cover. It is a companion to a book in a trilogy, and the author does a good job making this book stand on its own if you haven't read the other book, which I have not. As usual, the Christian man is portrayed as quite perfect, without any flaws (other than some in his past which he has, of course, overcome). I don't mean anything against the author--just that so many of the men in Christian romance are so perfect that they don't quite seem real. I've met many wonderful Christian men and am married to one, and yet I don't know that any are up to the perfection shown in so many books like this. In spite of that, this was an excellent book. The main characters both came from poverty filled with abuse, and through Christ they overcame their pasts, but not without struggle that was VERY realistic. I thought the author did a beautiful job of showing that healing is possible. Again, it seemed to happen quite quickly and easily, but not having experienced it for myself, and knowing that this is a fiction novel meant to represent and not lead through every step of the healing process, I think that it did what it was meant to do very well: give hope to people who have experienced suffering, and know that it is possible to overcome it through Jesus.

  • Barbara Derksen
    2018-09-24 21:19

    Halle Bridgeman gave every woman who read her series, the finish it needed. What woman doesn't like to imagine all the details of a fabulous, no restrictions wedding. The usual wedding jitters abound.  When Robin decides to cancel the wedding, her sisters, Maxine and Sarah step to her side in support. This is a perfect addition to the Jewel Series.

  • Alayna
    2018-10-02 02:22

    A great Christian romance that I really enjoyed reading! This is the first book I have read from this series but I am definitely going to read the other books. I can't wait to read Maxi's story and Sarah's story!

  • Debi
    2018-10-03 21:15

    This was a perfect complement to the rest of the Jewel Trilogy series. The characters are real, with real emotions, doubts, and reactions to the situations they find themselves in. I recommend it highly, along with the other books in the series. You will come to love these characters!

  • Laurel
    2018-10-14 21:05

    This was a great postscript for SAPPHIRE ICE! The dedication is to the author's daughter who read the original book and wanted to see the wedding, so thank you to her! The perfect wedding for these characters.

  • Kayla
    2018-09-23 23:06

    This novella is a wonderful addition to the Jewel Trilogy. I couldn't stop reading. This novella is wonderful on its own.

  • Lisa Johnson
    2018-10-05 18:25

    Title: Greater Than RubiesAuthor: Hallee BridgemanPages: 198Year: 2012Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org Greater Than Rubies is a novella that continues the storyline started in Sapphire Ice, both authored by Hallee Bridgeman. First, let me share about the author. Hallee Bridgeman has two websites that share her passions, http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/ (shares about her novels and cooking); the other site is http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/ (of course the title of the site helps you understand her second passion). Hallee Bridgeman is a very personal author, writer and homemaker whose passion is for others to meet Christ personally. To learn more about this wonderful woman whom I have had the pleasure of recently meeting via the Book Club Network, Inc., visit her websites and connect with her, perhaps even send her a message! Now, let me tell you about the novella. Robin and Tony are preparing for their wedding while continuing to keep their lives focused on Christ. Prayer is the instant lifeline used as well as reaching out to other people and helping them establish new lives in Christ; it also provides employment to pay for their living expenses. Robin is helping her dad, whom she just met, get employment until his sentencing hearing in a few months. Tony has reached out to a youth from his old stomping grounds, inviting him to live with Tony, work and become established in a new life rather than living on the streets. There is so much more to the story to accompany a wonderfully written theme about redemption and God’s eternal love. As I read, I thought of the Song of Solomon and Hosea, both of which share a unique aspect of the character and heart of God. I loved how the novel shares the sacrifice each man and woman make when they come to the altar and become one in Christ. The novels are written with the truth of the Word, and the reality that we all come to Christ broken. Another truth shared is that while we may not meet our own standards in life or others’, it reminds us that the only One we need to please is God. Redemption is major thread woven in each page as well as the characters created and portrayed in both Sapphire Ice followed by Greater Then Rubies. The depth, width and breath of God’s amazing, unconditional and everlasting love can be found in these stories written to encourage readers as they turn each page. Perhaps after you read the aforementioned books, God will bring someone to mind that may need to read and know about God. If the Lord does that, please obey the Spirit and share His truth with that person. My rating is 5+ stars.Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  • Faith
    2018-10-06 01:17

    Hallee Bridgeman has understaken to tell the story of three half-sisters whose love for each other is whole: Robin, Maxine and Sarah. Three girls who had been raised in absolute brokenness and desperation, yet managed to come back together and love each other fiercely. In telling their stories, Mrs. Bridgeman has gifted us with an exquisite set of books, the Jewel Trilogy. And I have been given the honor of reviewing Book One and a novella inspired by it, which both tell the story of the eldest girl, Robin, and which are now offered in one volume! When Tony encountered Robin, he knew he had met someone unlike anyone he had ever seen before. Tony was intrigued by this woman, and once he met her sisters and heard her story in bits and pieces, he was determined to pursue her. The only thing that stood between them were years of abuse and distrust, solidified into a high wall around her heart. Could a tide of sacrificial, respecting love convince her of her own value, and help soften her enough to love in return? If it can, it will be God's love and Tony's that washes over her and carries away the walls. With three awesome sisters as protagonists, two of them scheming to help Robin fall in love, and all of them understanding each other and supporting each other, how could this book be anything but a winner? Then add a love story of epic proportions, a story that hearkens back to the tale of Cinderella and looks forward to the joyous union of Christ and His Church: a love story of a Groom who delights in and treasures his Bride, and a Bride who must be won with agape and who will give her whole heart to her Groom. That is the story of Tony and Robin. Thank you Mrs. Bridgeman and Fred and Nora St. Laurent at The Book Club Network, Bookfun.org

  • Victoria
    2018-10-22 20:18

    Is a great book to read

  • Cecelia Lester
    2018-10-13 20:22

    Greater than RubiesRobin Bartlett plans her wedding. But she has qualms that she might not be good enough to be Tony’s wife. Her long-absent father has found the Lord and is awaiting a court date to do the right thing about what happened a long time ago. She gets nightmares that terrify her. Tony patiently waits while Robin decides that she wants to marry him.Greater than Rubies shows the anxiety of a young woman who sees what lies ahead for her and is scared of how she will be perceived by others. A reporter from one of the newspapers wreaks havoc in his first interview with her. This adds to her angst about not feeling good enough to marry Tony.Hallee Bridgeman writes this novella with a surprise in the ending that seems to come out of nowhere. I believe that anyone who likes Christian Romance stories will enjoy these two stories.These two stories are a part of the Jewel Trilogy. Greater that Rubies is a novella inspired by the trilogy.Disclaimer: I was given this book by the author, through The Book Club Network. All I was asked to do was read the two stories and give an unbiased review.

  • Brittany
    2018-09-25 19:07

    Greater Than Rubies is the story of Tony and Robin's engagement, wedding planning and wedding day. I absolutely loved this book. I thought Sapphire Ice was wonderful as well, however, Greater Than Rubies adds to the story splendidly and gives me just the right amount of insight into their lives. Robin's anxiety over marrying Tony grows daily as she feels inadequate to be the wife of such a wealthy and powerful man. She also is dealing with anxiety over the upcoming wedding night, since her only experiences were ones of rape. She loves Tony completely but does not feel worthy of him in any way. I really enjoyed the other characters in the book, such as Derrick, and of course Robin's sisters, Maxine and Sarah. I look forward to reading their stories in the author's other books in this trilogy. I received this book for free as part of a two book bundle from the author, through bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review, which I have given.

  • Kimberly
    2018-10-17 01:25

    This story continues where "Sapphire Ice" ends, but is also a wonderful story as a stand alone. Ms Bridgeman is a very talented storyteller, capturing the reader's attention right from page 1. Each chapter is full of reality, faith and surprises to keep you reading chapter after chapter. This novella also brings the reader into more of the other two sisters' lives so you can't wait to read their stories as the trilogy continues. A complete work, in itself, but a great accompaniment to book one in the jewel trilogy. I received this book from bookfun.org in return for my honest opinion

  • Cathleen
    2018-10-22 21:03

    "Greater Than Rubies" is a novella that is inspired from "Sapphire Ice, Book One" in the Jewels Trilogy written by Hallee Bridgeman.In book one you are introduced to 3 sisters. Book one is the story of Robin. "Greater Than Rubies" is also about Robin but is about her love story and upcoming wedding to Tony Viscolli.Such a great series. I am looking forward to reading the next book.Thanks to Mrs. Bridgeman and The Book Club Network for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.

  • Nancy Luebke
    2018-10-17 19:58

    I enjoyed this second in the Jewel trilogy, it continued on with the engagement of the main characters, it brought out a little more of the sisters. While there were gaps on what Robin was feelin through the ups and downs, it did bring more out on the other characters. In the end, I'd like to know more now of the other sisters. I shed a few tears of my own on this one.I received this book from bookclub network in exchange for my honest review.

  • Kathy Ohanlon
    2018-10-11 02:10

    I was excited to read this follow up to Sapphire Ice. A must read!!

  • Evangeline Han
    2018-10-17 18:22

    Remember what I saw in my last post about Robin growing onto me the more I read Sapphire Ice? Well, midway through reading Greater Than Rubies, I was more than prepared to retract that statement. Was I mad when she made the choice to let her fears dictate her life? Yes, definitely. It took me awhile to get past my annoyance and see that while most brides get wedding jitters, Robin's fears goes farther than just wedding jitters. I also realized that while most brides get wedding jitters, Robin's is somewhat different as she is marrying a famous industry magnate, the cream of the crop, so to speak.Greater Than Rubies is the sequel to Sapphire Ice. There are the same characters, but the major difference is that now, Robin is engaged to Tony. While they still face problems similar to the problems they faced in Sapphire Ice, in this sequel, they learn to face them and make the decision whether to conquer or submit to them.While everything was in the third point-of-view throughout the book, there were gaps when the third point-of-view did not sufficiently illustrate and describe a character's thoughts. For example, although Robin's fears were portrayed in a realistic manner and I could grasp the enormity of them just based on the descriptions of her emotions and thoughts, it wasn't so when she made her final decision. I wanted to know what she was thinking, what was going through her mind when she made her decision and gave her conditions, but unfortunately, readers weren't given that view.The more I get to know Tony's character, the more I like him. It's easy to see why Robin fell in love with him! For him, a billionaire, to trust a homeless teenage guy, clothe him, and bring him into his home, that takes a lot and speaks volumes about Tony's character. Being a philanthropist like many rich people are nowadays is one thing, walking the talk and actively participating in changing a life of a person is another.I liked the way a major problem is suddenly thrown into the story more than halfway through it. Of course, it'll be great if there was a plot twist earlier, but better late than never, right? The pace of the story in the first half lulls you into a false sense of security (that is, if you didn't read the story's blurb before reading the story) and then suddenly throws a big obstacle right out of nowhere. It makes you wonder if the story will have a happily ever after ending or a sad ending.Conclusion: The story is more or less evenly paced. It gives us a peak into what it's like to have wedding jitters. Like in the previous book, there are parts where conversations are little "preachy". Despite that, there are some real lessons to be garnered from reading Greater Than Rubies.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through The Book Club Network review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Debora Wilder
    2018-10-09 20:19

    I loved this novella as much as I did Sapphire Ice.I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.At the start of this story Robin and Tony have just gotten engaged. Their lives are still vastly different. Robin has learned to rely on no one, especially a man. She works hard to keep herself and her sisters housed, fed and her youngest sister in college. Tony on the other hand has built a virtual business empire. One of his ways to express his love for others is to give gifts to them.As they move toward their wedding day the biggest challenge is coming as they learn to share their differences and work together to achieve their happily ever after.Hallee has done a remarkable job of developing the plot for this story. She weaves it together in a way that I was pulling for Robin and Tony to work through each crisis that came their way. It’s wonderful to see how the characters develop and turn to friends and family for support. Then, in turn, their friends help them to call upon God for direction.The clarity that she uses to express their faith and trust in God is a breath of fresh air. It truly shows how much we all need strong supportive friends who know the Lord and know how to direct us to Him in all the storms of life.

  • Carolyn Gelb
    2018-10-07 18:21

    Greater Than RubiesIn Greater Than Rubies by Hallee Bridgeman, the overall storyline continues from where Sapphire Ice ends. It is a vital link to the first book. The reader gets to know the characters in a more detailed way plus meet some new ones. In this book, the author allows us to see some problems developing between Robin Barlett and Tony Viscolli. Are they able to build a better foundation even though they both came from dysfunctional families? Will they be able to come to an understanding and resolve their differences? Can the make their relationship work or will the separate?Bridgeman maintains interest with twists and turns to the story. I found myself wanting to keep reading to find out how the relationship ends up. The story kept me on edge with its drama, excitement, and suspense. It was an enjoyable read. Although Rubies was slow at times and I liked it less than Sapphire, it was well written and exciting. The novella that the author included gave insight into the rest of the Jewel Trilogy. I look forward to reading the other “jewels.”Hallee Bridgeman graciously allowed me to read this book through bookfun.org.

  • Diana Montgomery
    2018-10-09 01:01

    Greater Than Rubies by Hallee BridgemanAnother story well written by Hallee. I love the way Halle writes and always God honoring. Very tuff beginning for Robin. Being abused growing up going through bad foster care. Then as a adult how do you ever trust men again. In Sapphire and Ice she meets Tony who she thinks was born with a silver spoon finds out they are from the same side of the track. Both had similar upbringing. Tony ends up in his teens with a church who helps him grow into a fine man. Robin falls in love with Tony and Tony with her, They go through different things because Robin has he doubts holding onto her pass. But in the end of Sapphire and Ice they are planning out a wedding. In Greater than Rubies they are wondering what kind of wedding and how big should it be or should they just elope. I loved it. Had a great twist in the story line about the wedding. Another soul lead to the Lord and salvation plan in the book. Hallee did a wonderful job. I can’t wait for the one. It is worth more then 5 stars.

  • Sarah
    2018-09-23 23:17

    This novella was as good as the first book (and if you’ve read my review for it, you’ll know I loved it), Sapphire Ice. While it’s labeled a novella, it wasn’t too short and didn’t leave anything undone or not said. It nicely wrapped up Robin and Tony’s story with a slight lead into books 2 and 3, Emerald Fire and Topaz Heat. The writing was superb and I really enjoyed the storyline. I fall in love with Robin’s character more in each book. She’s very real and I loved seeing her faith grow and slowly change her. I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction and not real life! That’s how you know it’s a good book, when it draws you in and doesn’t want to let you go! I highly recommend this novella and the other books in the series - though you should know that if you read one of them, you’ll have to read them all! They’re very addicting! I received this book through bookfun.org for my honest review, which I have given.

  • ChrisGA
    2018-09-23 01:00

    This novella is the rest of the story of the romance between Robin and Tony that began in SAPPHIRE ICE. It explores the question of what happens after Prince Charming asks Cinderella to marry him. Will she fit into life in the palace? Will she be able to adequately fulfill her role as queen? Will she be a blessing to her husband or bring him embarrassment and shame? Robin experiences all of these emotions as well as love and joy as Tony's fiancé. This is a Christian book, and the gospel message is woven throughout. The conversation between Derrick and Tony over the Monopoly board is as powerful as any I have read. The examples of sacrificial love demonstrated by Robin in the last book and Tony in this one are moving and awe-inspiring.I received the ebook from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.

  • Sandy
    2018-09-23 22:20

    A sweet read. Refreshing with its Christian overtones about love and marriage, but also dealt with current issues of sexual abuse in the foster care system.

  • Lisa
    2018-10-15 21:03

    A very good read!

  • Susan Leeman
    2018-10-07 18:19

    Loved it

  • SG
    2018-09-27 18:09

    Kept me interested. Tony is wonderful. I want to marry a man like him. A man who really loves the Lordand really loves his wife.

  • Pam
    2018-10-20 21:09

    This is a shorter book written go between books #1 and 2, but I really liked it anyways. Definitely cheesy. Definitely a pleasure read.

  • Kathleen Kurlin
    2018-10-20 18:23

    This book is apparently part of a series, which I failed to realize when I downloaded it on my Kindle as a "free" book. I felt like I was missing some of the important back story, but not enough that I couldn't follow the story. I downloaded this book mainly because it was listed as a Christian fiction book, which was the appeal for me. I enjoyed the story for the most part, but had a hard time with the male main character who appeared to be a little too perfect to be believed; making him appear flawless and unbelievable. Other than that it was a good "free" read.

  • Lila
    2018-09-23 20:58

    A beautiful love story. It's hard to mesh two different backgrounds but they did. God was able.

  • The Book Man
    2018-09-29 21:27

    "I'm like a bird. I fly for the winter." :P"Let me love you in every way God commanded a man to love his wife. Let me treasure you, and abide in you, and protect you, and honor you."

  • Rachel
    2018-10-07 02:06

    *downloaded free on ARE