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Jewell

(Second Chance #2)

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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"Tender, tense, a sweet yet sexy love story. In Jewel, Tina DeSalvo takes us inside our deep fears and fantasies in a tale as poignant as it is innovative and satisfying." Stella Cameron, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Alex Duggins Mysteries.

Once invited into New Orleans’ historic mansions to evaluate prized antiques, Dr. Jewell Duet held a coveted professorshi
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Paperback, 398 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Tina DeSalvo
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Jewell by Tina DeSalvo was a cute, romance-mystery mix!

This book has a very slow start, and at first seems rather boring. Tina DeSalvo introduces the book well, but it drags on quite a bit. Once you get about 1/4th into the novel, it suddenly speeds up and gets exciting - there's mystery, there's potential romance, there's comedy! It's such a great book! You just have to get through the first little bit of the book and suddenly it's fantastic!

It's not your typical romance book - the main charact
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jewell by Tina DeSalvo

A sweet romance where family and honor are the basis of living.

Dr Jewell Duet is hired to determine the value of the barn's contents. Beau Bienvenu doesn't trust easily but he is captivated by the smart doctor and her grandmother.
Carla Wadsworth
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just like in Elli, Tina DeSalvo brings out the spunk of an older cajun character in Mimi. I will keep reading the second chance series. I love them!!
Margaret Dombrowski
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was very spot on as far as caring for a family member with dementia. It was very interesting about the historical findings and events that charted the course for the Bienvenue family. I am looking forward to Abbey and Jackson's story and you can't forget Rachel
E.
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
"Jewell" by Tina DeSalvo is part of the ‘Second Chance’ series and centers around Dr. Jewell Duet as she tries to cope with a pending lawsuit, her beloved grandmother’s deteriorating memory and the downward spiral of her career. A new job provides her a much-needed lifeline but the mysterious connection that her grandmother has for the house Jewell is working in raises suspicion in the owner’s cousin, Beau Bienvenu. Unfortunately for Beau, the rest of his extended family seems to be warmly welco ...more
Linda Diaz
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Life is a mystery. This isn’t meant to be a cliché. It just well, really is a mystery.

I am enamored with the story of Jewell Duet. Yet I also adore Jewell’s grandmother, Mignon “Mimi” Duet. The banter between Jewell and Mimi is classic. There were so many moments where I couldn’t help smiling and laughing with them. I felt an immediate connection with Jewel and Mimi. From their loyalty to each other, and love of family traditions, I felt as if I have always known them. The author infuses French
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Lynne Evans
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, ebooks
A laugh out loud book with crazy Cajun relatives, a world famous stripper, the handsome Mr. Knucklehead and Jewell. I loved it!!!!
Katie
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Jewell, the story finds Dr. Jewell Duet trying to put her life back together after allegations of theft have disrupted her job as a sought after appraiser in New Orleans. Now Jewell is accepting jobs that are little more than overseeing garage sales compared to her old opportunities. She has an opportunity to work at the Sugar Mill Plantation, but has to overcome the allegations as well as bring along her grandmother, who is battling dementia and depends on Jewell. At the grand home, she meet ...more
Elaine Cantrell
Dec 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. First, I loved the Southern setting. I live in the South myself so anything set here is good to me. Who doesn't love old Southern plantations filled with handsome, dashing, young men? Of course, the man in question doesn't trust Jewell, the heroine, but he's attracted to her anyway.

I liked Jewell and mostly admired her. Jewell's devotion to her work was impressive, but the part of her character that I liked best was her love and compassion for her grandmother
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MaryBeth Magee
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another hit from Tina DeSalvo! Jewell examines many contemporary issues, including Alzheimer's disease, family relationships and professional reputation, within the framework of an intriguing romance. When Jewell Duet takes on a search for her grandmother's missing "Twinnie," she run into more than she bargained for. Jewell's professional life faces challenges as well. She's under indictment for a theft which occurred while she was handling an estate for a wealthy New Orleans family. Romance com ...more
Deborah Kilduff
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was just the right amount of mystery, romance and suspense to keep me interested. Jewell and Beau are well developed main characters, but I found I enjoyed the other
characters even more, particularly Jewell’s grandmother and Beau’s older relatives. They added a touch of humor to the story. I look forward to reading other offerings from this author.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Mary
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jewell has made a mistake and now it might cost her everything. Beau just wants to protect his family at all costs. The two of them are at odds until they realize that they both share a very strong belief that family is everything. Set in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans and the bayou areas, this is a story about family, secrets and redemption. A a really great read.
Brenda Schneider
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It had enough romance and mystery to keep me wanting to read more. Well developed characters.
I won this book through goodreads.
Louise Walsh
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This is a great book. I loved it.
Theresa Hurley
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed Jewell and Beau! Great story!
Melissa
Loved the book! It keep me guessing right up until the end about what really happened with "Twinnie". I kept bouncing around theories in my head trying to figure out exactly what happened. It ended up being a really great story. Also all of the historical, genealogical, and antique story lines in the book were very interesting. Right up until Jewell told of the events that happened that led up to her being charged with theft I had no clue of the twist coming. I had assumed that she was innocent ...more
Kristi  Kopydlowski
Jewel

Tina DeSalvo has once again brought a love story to her books to match all others. The story of Jewel and Beau makes you laugh, cry and roll your eyes. You meet family as great as Mimi and Tanty Tizzy (every family needs these two ladies). It shows how hard childhoods can make for the most protective and loving families. Beau’s feeling for Jewel are shown in many ways in his story and Jewell’s love and caring for Mimi would bring any Grandma great joy.
Lauren Mayet
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea why it took me so late no to read these books. I absolutely love them and the cast of crazy characters. Each one of them reminds me of people I grew up around. The people and places are so familiar that I see them every day. I loved everything about these stories. I am so happy that these stories about second chances in life. By the way, Beau has definitely been added to the ever growing Book boyfriend list. Can’t wait to read what happens between Abby and Jackson!!!
Carmen
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I loved her first book Ellie but I really loved Jewel. The way Tante Izzy talks is like listening to my grandmother. I am really enjoying reading books that feel like they are writing about my hometown.
Sharron
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scaned-books
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Loved the story.
Ginger
Jun 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again Tina DeSalvo hits the nail on the head. Both Jewell and Beau take protecting their families to the next level. Alzheimer's is an ugly disease, but Tina DeSalvo handled it beautifully.
Judy Christiana
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many families are dysfunctional. Jewell was unfortunately born to a woman who totally undervalued her, so much that she was raised by her grandmother, Mimi, while her mother pursed other interests.
The blessing to Jewell was that her beloved Mimi was a treasure and loved her with her entire soul. Jewell achieved so much with Mimi’s support.
Now the tables have turned and since Mimi developed dementia, Jewell is the caregiver in return for all the love she received. I especially loved the parts of
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Connie
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved all the fun characters and their quirky personalities. I would highly recommend this book.
Melissa Mitravich
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mature Readers
Recommended to Melissa by: https://pratr.wordpress.com/
Shelves: romance
I received a copy of this book from the author and Paranormal Romance & Authors that Rock, in exchange for an honest review. The majority of the story is built around one important place, the Sugar Mill Plantation. This place is where all events fall into place. It makes you think how the term “everything happens for a reason” really works for this story. The leading lady, Jewell, takes a job at Sugar Mill with two motives. First, she’s struggling to find work after being accused of theft an ...more
Julia Damatto
Nov 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is amazing!!!
Jewell is full of mystery, romance, family matters, and a grand plantation with some secrets.
The story grabs you since page one, and seriously, is so full of twists and turns that it was impossible to put it down until I saw The End. All the characters are likeable and loveable, especially Mimi who in spite of suffer a terrible mental disease, gave us so many laughable moments!! Jewell and Beau (whom has a really sexy accent) have high amounts of chemistry and sexual tensi
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Tina DeSalvo grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, only minutes from the French Quarter. She moved to Cajun Country after college to take a job as a broadcast journalist. Like New Orleans had, the area offered Tina inspiration for her writing with its rich culture, unique traditions and interesting people. It was there, while working down the bayou, that she met and married her handsome Cajun hus ...more

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