The Lost Jewels: A Novel

The Lost Jewels: A Novel by Kirsty Manning 0062882023 9780062882028
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From the author of The Song of the Jade Lily comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure.

Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return?

Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows shes on the brink of the experience of a lifetime.

But the trip to London forces Kate to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family. Back in Boston, Kate has uncovered a series of sketches in her great-grandmothers papers linking her suffragette great-grandmother Essie to the Cheapside collection. Could these sketches hold the key to Essies secret life in Edwardian London?

In the summer of 1912, impoverished Irish immigrant Essie Murphy happens to be visiting her brother when a workmans pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, near St. Pauls Cathedral in London. The workmen uncover a stash of treasure--from Ottoman pendants to Elizabethan and Jacobean gems--and then the finds disappear again! Could these jewels--one in particular--change the fortunes of Essie and her sisters?

Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlev enamel ring. Soon, everything Kate believes about her family, gemology, and herself will be threatened.

Based on a fascinating true story, The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction novel that will captivate readers from the beginning to the unforgettable, surprising end.

Author: Kirsty Manning

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 336

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Publication Date: 2020-08-04


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