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3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  24 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Poppy Thompson: The self-proclaimed homeliest woman in town, she deals with animals for a living rather than people. Bren Price: The ever-proper minister's wife, she does everything her husband tells her, but lately her best just isn't good enough. They'd never even spoken to one another until a surprise inheritance brings them together. A fortune in sparkling jewelry ...more
Paperback, 297 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published 2006)
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Bronwyn Rykiert
Nov 01, 2010 Bronwyn Rykiert rated it liked it
When Bren Price, a local Minsiter's wife and Poppy Thompson, a local pet trainer and groomer receive a phone call from the local solicitor they are quite surprised to find they have inherited the jewellery that the town outcast Maude Rose used to wear around town, it was ugly, large and gaudy so were they surprised to find out some of it was worth a lot of money.

Bren is having trouble at home and has hard time finding the right moment to tell her husband of her inheritance whereas Poppy had to s
Shelly Ann
This seemed really confusing, because our library designated it as being
inspiration/religion. It had nothing to do with being a Christian Fiction
book. Nothing in comparison, that I have read! No! This is a regular secular
book! The "Minister's Wife" had problems with her husband who was the minister,
acting, weird and hateful, she leaves him. God was not even mentioned, but
there are cuss words in every new paragraph. Poppy and Bren, become good friends,
eventually through this unexpected inheritan
Olean Public Library
* I found a new author to read. Good book to read over the summer. I enjoyed it! This story is about two totally different women becoming friends after they receive a surprise inheritance of jewelry.

* Poppy - a prim and proper minister's wife. When Maude Rose (the town outcast) dies, these two are shocked that they inherit gaudy jewelry. More so when they find the gems are the real thing.
Dec 27, 2007 Jess rated it liked it
I actually picked up this book on a cruise, just the promo they give you in your room with a few "teaser" chapters and I found it enjoyable enough to actually go get the book. It was a fun read, but I expected more from the characters.
Jennifer Greene
Aug 19, 2010 Jennifer Greene rated it it was amazing
Just not like other books...but I couldn't put it down. Two women characters, so real. Both seeking to find the 'good' in themselves. E.g. searching for the sparkle. Loved the whole thing.
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An unlikely friendship forms between free-spirited Poppy and minister's wife Bren when both are left an inheritance by the town eccentric.
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Winner of over 15 national awards, including the RWA Hall of Fame and the RWA Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, Jennifer Greene weaves real issues, warm characters common-life humor, and page-turning romance and suspense into her stories.

Jennifer sold her first book in 1980, and since then has sold over 85 books in the contemporary romance genre. She won her first professional writing award
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