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On Sarah Whitfield's seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New Yorkin the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarahshattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little toraise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield.In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the Britishthrone to make Sarah...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 720 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Random House Large Print (first published January 1st 1992)
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I hadn't read anything this trashy since my elementary school days of reading V.C. Andrews. In retrospect, it has always seemed somewhat strange that I was reading books about incest and throbbing members at such a young age. Now I completely understand. These types of books seem to be written for readers who like to buy their books at the supermarket aka those who have the reading capability of ten-year-olds. And that's cool. This was perfect house-boating entertainment.
Rhia Frio
Oct 22, 2007 Rhia Frio rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of romantic stories and of life struggling stories
jewels is a story of a woman, of an elite family, of life struggle, and finding love amidst it all. a good read! and while you're at it, read all the other books of danielle steele too! she has a lot of great books written...the promise, fine things, full circle, crossings, wanderlust, secrets, changes, thurston house, summer's end, remembrance, to love again, passion's promise, and many more!
Perhaps other readers who like contemporary romance fiction that follows the life of one woman from birth to death would give this story a higher rating. It's a story of love and loss, title and privilege, glittering jewelry and decorator clothes. Sarah Thompson, the daughter of a rich American businessman, makes a bad marriage as a young girl. To her deep embarrassment, her father helps her get a divorce and then takes her on a tour of Europe to break her out of her self-imposed social ostracis...more
i know that DS has some cheesy books but this was one that I really liked. It's a well written story that kept my interest and spanded such a long period of time with so many happenings.

easy, simple read.
Danielle Steel is an author I never thought I would read again, but recently that changed and here’s why.

Back in the day I read a couple of Danielle Steel’s books. And if we’re honest, after the second one I thought, same ol, same ol in each book. I think she’s a great writer (the sheer number of books written and best sellers can attest that she can captivate a reader), but I lost interest rather quickly, mainly because it simply isn’t my preference of story. Fast forward several years and on m...more
Short take on the book:

I know many people have stopped reading her books as the storyline has become quite repetitive but I chose this book as it somewhat different from what she has been writing recently.Also because this book got me started on reading trail of nearly 60 Danielle Steel books which take up a place of pride on my book shelf. Who doesn’t like romances and when you need so light, refreshing read , these books are the best medicine.

You will love Sarah Whitfield for her innocence ini...more
LK Hunsaker
I stopped two-thirds of the way through this one, my first Danielle Steele. I picked it up because I've often been asked if my books were similar. No, they aren't, other than they're both within the wide romance genre. During the first half, I enjoyed the characters enough to keep going through the shifting POV and repetition, where I often skimmed. By now, I've lost interest. It's too much overview, not enough depth, and the characters are losing what charm they did have. Maybe this isn't the o...more
One of my all-time Danielle Steel favourites, which is why I've actually bought it on Kindle instead of just borrowing them from the library like I normally do.

Girl meets bad boy. Bad boy hurts girl. Girl meets love of her life, crazy, crazy love. Enter war. War separates them- and that's just the beginning.

So many of Danielle Steel's books just run into each other, barely different, but then once in a while you meet characters that stick in your mind for a long time- this book is that for me....more
Yeah I almost gave this 5 stars--what about it??

Look, I all the time watched this movie when it came on Lifetime(?) when I was a little kid (I don't know why, maybe because it was awesome), so I when I saw the paperback on sale for 50 cents, how could I resist? And it was just as glorious as the movie. Except for our main character going from dark hair in the book to fiery red in the movie, which I preferred anyway, they stayed pretty true to the book. (There's probably more that was left out th...more
It was a pretty good story to begin with and then turned to absolute rubbish. I ended up not even finishing it because it was way too crude and depressing. If families really have a chance of turning out like this... I think I will stop now with children. I don't plan on ever reading Danielle Steel again.
Christine Powell
One of the best book I have read to-date, full of romance and adventure.
Absolutely lovely.... :) Jewels by Danielle Steel
Apr 03, 2008 Reyna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Reyna by: English 92 Teacher
This story will drag you into it in the first few pages. Danielle steel really knows how to grab your attention.I recommend this story for everyone who enjoys novels.
Sep 02, 2008 Cody rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jerry Springer-types
If the Royalty of England were on the Jerry Springer Show it would look something like this book. And to think that my Nanny recommended this book to me!
Absolutely LOVE this book. I love books that span the various era's and this one nailed it for me. I've read and re-read this book many times over.
Probably my favorite book, I've read it over and over. If you like books that cover a span of many years, I would recommend this one.
This is one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. Deals with WWII and a strong love between this couple. Good romance.
Im a sucker for her romance novels. This one so far is my favorite.
Ook weer een mooi boek waar een miniserie van gemaakt is later.
My favorite book of Danielle Steel. I love a good saga.
Andreia Silva
Sarah, Duquesa de Whitfield, no dia do seu 75º aniversário, enquanto espera pelos filhos, faz uma retrospetiva da sua vida e dos seus dois casamentos. Passando pelos acontecimentos da Segunda Guerra Mundial, a autora mostra-nos como esta mulher não pegou nas armas mas as tem dentro dela.

Este não é bem um livro tipico de Steel. Primeiro porque tem uma forte componente histórica, com relatos politicos e sociais que têm uma papel preponderante na vida dos personagens e depois porque não se limita a...more
No dia do seu 75º aniversário Sarah Whitfield aguarda a chegada dos filhos e netos,olhando as fotos da secretária junto à janela Sarah relembra uma vida cheia de atribulações, e também felicidade, o seu primeiro casamento tão infeliz, a viagem à Europa onde conhece William o seu grande amor, a descoberta das ruinas do castelo de Meuze que ambos reconstróiem com paixão,os quatro anos compartilhados com o oficial nazi que ocupou o castelo de Meuze,o nsscimento e morte de Elizabeth enquanto William...more
Sarah Wagner
This was the first novel I ever read written by Danielle Steel and I loved it (none of her others ever compared for me). I actually cried when one of the characters died (which never happens to me). However, while I loved this novel, Danielle Steel's writing style varies little between her novels and can become very formulaic after one has read a couple. So, while I will likely always love this novel to some degree, once you've read one book by Danielle Steel, you've read them all.
In Jewels, she taken back into time from the 1930s to the 1980s in this compelling and dramatic historical romance. On Sarah Whitfield's 75th birthday, she reflected back on various memories and flashbacks on her life in four decades. From a marriage that lasted a year, to the trip to Europe that changed her life, when she met the Duke of Whitfield. After they married, they brought a French chateau to raise their family there. When the World War II happened, the Nazis took over their home; Willi...more
I was never a Danielle Steel fan. I carried the perception that her books were trashy and that I had no use for that crap. And this remains the only book of hers that I have read. But I don't regret it. I was first turned on to the story when I saw the movie version on TV one day. It's a 6-hour miniseries that I could not get enough of. I was totally engaged and adored the love story between the two main characters. It was the kind of love I wanted. The story is full of romance, royalty, war, lo...more
Melissa DeHart
One of the few Danielle Steel novels that I love dearly. I've read it several times. Takes place around the time of WWII and spans continents. Terrific story!
Dec 07, 2008 Sara rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Real Romance Readers
I read this book because one of my favorite actors was cast in the TV mini series. I can't say it was a disappointment, because I didn't expect anything. I have never read a Danielle Steel book before and it is
doubtful I will again. The story is mildly interesting, but Ms. Steel style is formulaic and less than grammatically correct. She would benefit from a bit more research. I realize I am nit picking complaining about accuracy in a romance novel, but I prefer well written fluff, to real trash...more
Another decent DS character study. Interesting to see how all the family dynamics played out. Read on vacation.
Très belle histoire, Danielle Steel nous raconte chaque fois une histoire originale et différente des autres.
Sarah Turner
Some of Danielle Steel's books seem a bit cookie cutter, especially in recent years. When you go back to read some of her older books there are some really brilliant ones. Her "historical fiction" novels are wonderful insights into the lives of people who could have been living during these times. She opens up her characters' lives so that we the readers are there feeling the strong emotions right beside the characters. We feel every loss, joy, tear. We are with these characters from birth to de...more
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Since 1981, Ms. Steel has been a permanent fixture on the New York Times hardcover and paperback bestseller lists. In 1989, she was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having at least one of her books on the Times bestseller list for 381 consecutive weeks. But Guinness was premature. The fact is that one or more of Ms. Steel's novels have been on the New York Times bestseller list for...more
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