BOOK REVIEW BY KATE YOUNIE
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Kate | Adelaide, AU | English & History Teacher |
The Lost Jewels
A small treasure is found in an old house in Cheapside, London. How it became to be buried there is unknown. Flash forward to present day and respected jewellery historian, Kate Kirby, is given the opportunity to investigate the origin. She learns the story behind these precious gems, known as the Cheapside jewels. Her task is to write an article for a magazine with the help of renowned photographer, Marcus. They travel to London, India, Sri Lanka and Paris exploring the past and uncovering secrets. Kate learns her great- grandmother, Essie, is connected to her findings and the story becomes personal.
The Lost Jewels, by Australian author Kirsty Manning, is inspired by a true story. A mystery, from the early 1600s, through the early 1900s to present day, which is woven intricately together. Even though the story flows through these different time periods, Manning does well to have the reader invested in the characters and their stories throughout the novel. I was particularly immersed in Essie’s story; the heartbreak, poverty and despair living in London in the 1920’s. Perfect for those who love historical fiction and those who love a story about love … and who doesn’t like that!
The Lost Jewels is published by Allen & Unwin