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The Jewel Box

3.16 of 5 stars 3.16  ·  rating details  ·  344 ratings  ·  62 reviews

From the author of The Shoe Queen comes a jazz-age tale of love set in the world of London's high society.

London, 1927. Diamond Sharp writes a racy newspaper column, using a fake name to conceal her identity. When she meets two charismatic American men who are bitter enemies, her life is turned upside down. She is drawn to both of them but isn't sure whom she can trust. As
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by Gallery Books (first published June 2009)
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I will be honest, I could not finish this book. I felt no connection the characters and they seemed flat, at least they did to me. I really did want to enjoy this book, but each word I read I wanted to hit my head against something. I loved the setting and the time period and that was about it.

For some reason they main character kept getting under my skin and I am not even sure why. I don't even get why I didn't enjoy this book, because I enjoyed The Shoe Queen, but not this book. Maybe it is t
I'd seen a few reviews on this one floating around so I grabbed it, despite it's place on the romance shelf, because I wanted something lighter to read after the recent rash of histories. And while it is light, and it is a romance, it's not really a puff piece either.

Anna Davis takes us to London in the flapper era to meet Grace Rutherford, junior copywriter by day, and Diamond Sharp, acidic social columnist by night. And that's probably the least complicated thing about Grace's life. Through h
Oh this is a delight. A solid 3.8 stars. A snappy historical fiction novel set in London in the late 1920's. It has parts that hark back into the mid 19-teens and WWI to illustrate plot points and character background / motivation but it is well done. There are elements of romance but they are set well within the plot/storyline and enmeshed in the ongoing relationships of the characters. The period is fairly well drawn and you get a sense of the dichotomy between the racy well to do set and the ...more
Just finished this one and really enjoyed it! I'm not a big fan of basic chick lit, I like it to have a little something different that gives it an edge, and this really delivered for me!

It's not life changing reading, but it was a fun, enjoyable read that kept me turning pages! I loved the setting of 20's London, and really liked Grace and enjoyed reading of her escapades!
I stopped reading this book when the main character started sleeping with her sister's husband. Please, show a little self-respect and self-restraint!
Vaneza Vasquez
i like the way it was written and the era it was written in the 1920's was an intresting time and it is acurate about the things going on at the time.
Loved this book, but it broke everything my grandma led me to believe about people in the 1920s, people cheat.
The Jewel Box by Anna Davis was quite an easy read. It hasn't been my favorite book, but it wasn't the worst book I've read either. The main character was interesting. She was not your usual girl. But she definitely represented the frivolity and carelessness of the 20s. I think the author captured that rather well, especially with Grace's indecisiveness of men. The culture was expressed rather well throughout the book, though I would have loved to have seen more. The structure of writing was int ...more
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Lindsay Heller
This was one of those books that is very pleasant, entertaining and swift. I enjoyed reading it very much. But as I delayed in writing my reviews I found there were a great many things about this book I couldn't recall. So, there you have it. It's a good entertaining novel, but it's not very memorable.

In the late twenties Londoner Grace writes a society column under the name Diamond Sharp. She glamorously moves from one chic club to the next, attracting the attention of men left and right, incl
Liza Gilbert
This is the story of Grace Rutherford, a middle-class 30 year-old woman, living in London, who is secretly a columnist for the Piccadilly Herald. Grace lives with her sister and has a history of falling in love (or just lust) with the wrong men, with other women's men. By the end of the book almost everyone in the story had slept with multiple other people in the story, sometimes in threesomes, and angst seemed to be the order of the day. At page 299 I almost hurled the book across the room when ...more
Rachel Brand
From a glance at the cover this appears to be yet another chick-lit novel, so I was pleasantly surprised when it turned out to be much more than that. Set in London in the Roaring Twenties when women were just starting to gain independence and freedom, this is the story of Grace, a "modern woman". She's the daughter of a Suffragette, still unmarried at the age of 30 and one of the lucky few to have a professional job as a copywriter. Grace is also the secret author of a society column in a newsp ...more
Verity W
Really loved this book. Started it yesterday, could barely put it down until I finished it. Really, really good, I love the twenties setting - especially because I've recently been reading a bit of Evelyn Waugh - and the plot and characters were wonderfully engaging. Flawed everyone, but you were still rooting for it to work out "right" for them. I think Grace is perhaps a touch too modern in her attitude, but it helps the reader (female at least) to identify with her - despite the near 90 year ...more
Let's sashay through the glamorous life of a 1920's flapper, shall we?

Being a flapper was quite risqué in it's day. Highly unconventional, women defying tradition, escaping the confines of home, drinking, cutting their hair, going out unattended. Why the scandal!

Yes, the demise of society all linked to women having recently received the Franchise (right to vote). Well, only if you were 40+ because heaven knows a young woman can't think for herself, can she?

The Jewel Box keeps it lighthearted a
Donna Riegel
The book was good but got to wordy half way through the book.
I liked the magic between Beau and Blondie and the love between
Blondie and Gabriel. The book was just too long and kept going over things.
I wanted to like this book, I really did. I read a review in Publishers Weekly and it seemed like an interesting 1920s-almost-thriller. I did like the quirky language, especially of the main character's alter ego, Diamond, who writes a column depicting the lifestyle of a flapper. However, I didn't get anything deeper from her. The men with whom she was involved became almost stereotypes - they were both mysterious, with a connected past - one was dark, stormy and violent, while the other was lig ...more
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I picked this up from the bargain bin, thinking it would be a fun but interesting read. How wrong I was. I don't think I've ever read a book more devoid of emotion or characterization. I couldn't believe anyone in the book was in love with anyone else, not only because of the characters' flatness but because it just seemed to happen out of nowhere, with a whole lot of telling and no showing whatsoever. The time period should have added some level of interest, but no. Even though I paid less than ...more
Good but not wonderful. Lacked something but I'm not sure what.
I enjoyed this book. It was well written. I cried. Because it reminded me of the relationship I had with my sister.
Would read other books by this author.
So, I may have marked this as read, but just to be able to finish thi review. I could not finish this book. This book was sent to me randomly by a free book checkout organization, and I am always looking forward to finding new authors to read, so I tried. Never could get into it. I did not really like the jumpking around, it made the book not make sense. I orignally liked the main character, but then as more characters were introduced it got confusing again. Not sure if I will try this one again ...more
Mary Liebetrau
I am continually drawn to books written in or about the 1920s. Maybe a carry-over of The Great Gatsby. I loved the column written by Diamond Sharp and her love of the flapper generation which popularized the Charleston. She was a feminist in many ways as she also battled for her place in the newspaper/advertising industry. It also explored siblings and what they share or hold back. I would like to read a follow up to this book to learn how the newly established relationships proceed.
Best lines:

There's nothing more lonely than being with the wrong man.

Love reminds you that you're alive.

Knowledge and Despond landed on her shoulders with a great sickening weight.

I know what you're thinking, but try to understand. For us. Because you don't want it to be over between us any more than I do. Try just the tiniest bit.

You can't just love the people you're supposed to love. Love just happens. You can't will it away.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The major factor was due to the era it took place in (1920's). I got a good feel of the 20's due to several factors. There was use of 1920's slang, but it isn't used overly so much that I couldn't understand what was actually going on. The newspaper articles were a really unique touch in understanding a flapper's lifestyle as well. In terms of the story line, there was plenty of drama and mystery and this kept me intrigued.
Elisha (lishie)
I love the Roaring Twenties/flapper era. This story takes place in London & is interspersed with the main character's newspaper column as her alias "Diamond Sharp". Grace,by day, copywriter for an advert agency, by night, the alluring Diamond. The book touches lightly on heavy subjects like WWI, Suffragettes & class, but the real story behind it all is of family & secrets & the hurt and/or withstanding love they can bring.
Jasmine Brillantes
After 1234567890 years, FINALLY! I'm done! I finished this book! And I was quite disapponted in this book. I'm big fan of Historical novels. But not this one. I was struggling when I was reading this. Everything was, sort of scattered. Not the best book I've read.. :(
But I rated it 2, because of the 'love' story. Very intruiging. And that what makes me kept on reading.. But the rest.. :( hmm... :(
Emily Miller
Anything that walks me through the streets of London, I am happy to read. A typical story of love and betrayal and other matters of the heart for a young woman living in the 1920's and following a somewhat unconventional lifestyle compared to the old days, being swept up in the era of Flappers and Jazz music. Overall, an enjoyable read. Not something I think I'll read again, but it was fun.
I was very disappointed. I thought that this was going to be a great book, but I was wrong. I loved the era, but these characters we just horrible. No one had any redeeming qualities. Everyone was really all the same. The story lines were all the same. Its more of a 1.5, just for the era, but since goodreads doesn't give a half star away I have to give it a 2.
BOOK CLUB: This one was rather disappointing (maybe a 2.5). It seemed really disjointed to me and I'm not sure if it was because of the back and forth of the timeline or something else entirely. I also didn't really care for most of the characters--they seemed like caricatures. Sheridan did too, but at least his character was outrageous and therefore entertaining.
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Anna Davis is the author of the novels Cheet, Melting, The Dinner and The Shoe Queen, as well as short stories and journalistic articles. She is a former Guardian columnist and was awarded the first Arts Council of England Clarissa Luard award. Anna is in her early thirties, lives in London with her husband and two children, and works part-time for a leading literary agency.
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