Jewels Author:Danielle Steel A journey through five decades, Jewels, Danielle Steel's twenty-ninth work of fiction is the story of a family whose lives are woven into the fabric of history. — On the eve of Sarah Whitfield's seventy-fifth birthday she stands at the window of her chateau bedroom in France, waiting for her family to joing her. As she watches her children and g... more »randchildren arrive, Sarah is reminded of the years that have brought her to this moment.
Sarah's memories take her back to New York in the 1930s, where she was raised in Manhattan and Southampton, a beautiful young woman with a magnetic personality and rare intelligence. But when her marriage to a childhood friend ends after just one year, Sarah is shattered and ashamed. She turns inward and withdraws. In a time when only "that" woman, Wallis Simpson, the Duchess of Windsor, took such a shameful step, divorce becomes Sarah's guilty secret. After great protest, Sarah's parents finally convince her to join them on a trip abroad. And despite the growing turmoil in prewar Europe, they set sail on the Queen Mary.
There are endless invitations to honor her in Europe, and Sarah grows tired of the young men with whom her parents have arranged introductions. One afternoon at a luncheon, she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. Considerably older than Sarah, and fourteenth in line to the British throne, he sparks her intellectual curiosity and makes her laugh.
On their honeymoon they find their dream house, a crumbling but beautiful historic chateau. In the midst of renovating the Nazis begin a war and William must leave Sarah to join the allied forces.
When at alst the war ends, Sarah learns that William has been found in devastating condition She nurses him back to health before they return to their home in France. There they establish a legacy. What begins as a charitable exchange to assist those in great need becomes the basis of a fascinating business as they buy family jewels from war survivors who are trying to rebuild their lives.
Jewels is the story of a great house of gems, a rare family and an extraordinary marriage.« less
Excellent Book. I have had this book for years and never read it because I thought Danielle Steel's books had become all the same. I was wrong! This is a great book very entertaining. Always changing and keeping you involved.