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The Lost Jewels

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,294 ratings  ·  262 reviews
From the author of  The Song of the Jade Lily  comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure.

Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return?  

Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by Allen and Unwin
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Kate Kirby, well respected American jewelry historian adored her great grandmother Essie and when she passed away, Kate was devastated. When Kate was asked to head to London to do in-depth research culminating in a paper on the Cheapside jewels, she was excited but had no idea what she was about to uncover. Did the sketches Kate discovered in Essie’s possessions have anything to do with the Cheapside jewelry in the long ago past?

Essie Murphy and her sister Gertie, along with older brother Freddi
Sep 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Life’s full of messy edges.”

As soon as I read the first chapter I literally said out loud to myself “I’m going to love this.” I’m not a jewelry person at all, but I found myself fascinated by the journey gemstones take from being dug up to being worn by someone. Googling images of the places Kate went and the process of mining also added a great deal to the story for me. I thought Manning’s imagined scenario of the discovery of the ‘Cheapside Hoard’ was very believable and well written. I loved
Based on “the true story of the Cheapside Hoard, dug up in a Cheapside cellar in 1912, (…) it is one of the most famous caches of jewels in the world, it is also the most mysterious. How could someone neglect to retrieve five hundred precious pieces of jewelry and gemstones?” This story is an imagined tale woven between the facts.

Present day Boston. Kate Kirby, American jewelry historian, writing for an American magazine, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels. She flies to London, where at
Kylie H
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This a new author for me, and one that I would like to read more from.
The book is set across multiple timelines and locations. Kate is the present character who is researching a set of jewels that are part of a museum collection. She is an American but whose great grandmother was an Irish immigrant who had left London as a young woman and never returned. Kate recognises some of the jewels in the collection are very like drawings in her great grandmothers possession. In a parallel story we go bac
Sally Hepworth
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kirsty Manning is one of my auto-buy authors. Her books are so beautifully written, so well researched, and so poignant. I will be thinking about this one for a long time.
Brooke - One Woman's Brief Book Reviews

**4.5 stars**

The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning. (2020).

In 1912 workmen in Cheapside, London uncover a cache of unimaginable valuable treasure that quickly disappears again. In the present day, respected jewellery historian Kate receives a call about the Cheapside jewels and knows she's on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. As Kate peels back layers of concealment and deception, she is forced to explore long-buried secrets conc
Gloria Arthur
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-bookshelf
⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️

I found this story fascinating, it was rich with wonderful detail and historical timelines.

The Lost Jewels is a fictional story inspired by the true story of ‘The Cheapside Hoard', which is one of the most famous and mysterious finds of jewellery and gemstone treasures in the world. The cache was discovered in 1912 and surrounded in mystery.

Our main character is Dr. Kate Kirby who is a well-respected jewellery historian. She has been offered a trip to London for a huge investigativ
Bedazzled by this one......

Kirsty Manning takes us on quite an adventure based on true events from the past. We're introduced to Kate Kirby, an American authority on jewelry history. She's been requested to oversee the examination and photographing of a treasure trove known as the Cheapside Jewels (Weirdly named in London because of location).

The minute that Kate lays her eyes on the treasures, she knows that there is a connection here to her own family. Within her possession are jewelry sketche
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
It was such a pleasure to read this book! The story is told over a few different time periods, based on the real find of jewellery in London known as the Cheapside Hoard. The writing is beautiful and I loved the characters(I think I could’ve read a book just about Essie and Gertie) and the pacing to reveal all the ins and outs of the story is perfect.
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this engaging story told in several timelines, we meet Dr. Kate Kirby in present day. She is a jewelry historian and researcher living in Boston. Kate accepts an assignment to write an article for a luxury magazine about the Cheapside Hoard, a collection of hundreds of jewels believed to have been lost/hidden in London in 1666 and found in 1912 during a building excavation. The collection is currently located at The Museum of London. With photographer Marcus Holt, they travel to London, India ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
In The Lost Jewels, author Kirsty Manning weaves a fictional narrative around the mystery of the ‘Cheapside Hoard’, a large cache of expensive jewellery unearthed during construction in a London street in 1912.

The ‘present day’ timeline introduces Kate Kirby, an American historian who specialises in investigating the provenance of jewellery. Offered a rare opportunity to view the jewels discovered in Cheapside, the story follows Kate from the United States to England, India, France and then back
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews

An astonishing cache of precious jewels, a mystery that spans centuries, consuming family secrets and a beguiling love story defines The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning. Jewellery enthusiasts, treasure hunters and historical fiction lovers will find much to admire in Kirsty Manning’s third novel. In my opinion, Kirsty Manning reaches for the stars in every book she produces and The Lost Jewels is no exception!

Kirsty Manning has taken yet another absolutely fas
Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
A great story but it felt a bit rushed at the end.
Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
disappointing follow-up to incredible, “ The Song of the Jade Lily.” Review to come soon. — mo✌️
Dear Kirsty,

This is my second time that I have been lucky to read one of your novels, my first experience was 'The Jade Lily' and it was incredible... So I jumped at the chance to read your third novel 'The Lost Jewels' and I loveddd it!!!

I enjoyed Kate as a character, found her relatable enough for myself, but I really loved Essie, she really got me hooked and completely enthralled by her story, she was a strong and brave young woman, a bit of a bad ass in the best possible way ..

I also thorou
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Lost Jewels is the fictional imagining of the Cheapside Jewels, which I had never heard about prior to reading this book, and what an amazing story it was. The time periods from the 1660s to 1912 to present day were flawlessly woven together. The intricate details of the jewels were described in such a way that you could picture them in your mind. This is the first book I’ve read by this author, but it certainly won’t be the last.

Thank you to the publisher for the advanced copy; all thought
This novel has two basic timelines that we follow:

Present: Kate Kirby is asked to write a piece about a horde of jewels dug up in 1912 called The Cheapside Jewels (an actual historical event). After finding some sketches that may link her beloved great grandmother to the jewels, Kate realizes that writing this article may also uncover some deeply buried family secrets.
Past: In 1912, when Essie Murphy is visiting her brother at his worksite, a stash of jewels is discovered by the men working ther
Anna Loder
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely devoured this one! Every time was my favourite, I loved every character. I loved all the food. I loved all the descriptions. Loved the mystery. Absolutely loved the jewels, and I am not a jewellery person! Absolutely loved it
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This cover three places and four timelines with different storytellers. The story is depressing. There is a lot of hardship and sadness and negativity. It was also slow. Maybe I would have liked this more with fewer characters and storylines.
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Lost Jewels ~ a treasure hunt across the centuries; starts 1600's London to present day, Boston.

Kate ~ a jewellery historian has to be in London to uncover and find The Cheapside Jewels. Kate discovers she's on the brink of an experience of a lifetime.

The descriptions in this book are both exciting and unique as the writer expertly describes the many coloured jewels, buttons and a rare, unique diamond from India.

Envelop yourself in the scent of some of the spices found in the cuisine as you
Sarah Swann
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I thought the details of a jewelry historian was interesting, I liked learning about that occupation. I liked how everything tied together and how the main character learned a lot about her family history through jewels and tracking them. I liked both timelines as well. Really good!

*Huge thanks to the publisher for an early copy to read and review!
Maya Linnell
I just sobbed my way through the final chapter of this story. Fantastic detail on an aspect of London's history I'd never known. I enjoyed the multiple timelines and found the story well researched and well written, with plenty of characters to cheer for, some that made me wild, and others I felt infinitely sorry for. It was also great tuning into one of Kirsty's online author events to hear more details about the research, inspiration and writing of this story! ...more
The Lost Jewels is the third and latest historical fiction novel by Australian author, Kirsty Manning. I enjoyed The Jade Lily and had high hopes going into this book. Part of my excitement was knowing that The Lost Jewels was based on a true story. The story is that of the Cheapside Hoard and, despite my love of history, it was something that I had not come across in the past. The hoard refers to the five hundred jewellery and gemstone pieces that were discovered in London, two years before the ...more
Vanessa Carnevale
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evocative and rich with historical detail, Manning has masterfully weaved a truly memorable and compelling story. A fantastic read.
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I do enjoy Historical Fiction, especially when the story is loosely based on fact. This is a multi-generational story that spans hundreds of years around the Cheapside Hoard of jewels that were dug up in a cellar in 1912 and now forms a significant collection at various museums in London.

There were several timelines in this novel set in various locations around the world but mainly the two main characters were Kate - a respected jewelry historian and Essie - her grandmother. The story did jump a
Jeanette Lewis
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a story that has all the elements of life, from hardship to good fortune, loss to love and everything in between.

Dr Kate Kirby is given a brief to "uncover the stories that nobody else has". From here on the reader is taken through a kaleidoscope of events, times and sources of the history of the fabulous Cheapside Jewels.

The Great Fire of London 1666, a young girl perishes while she scrambles to dig the ground in the cellar of the family’s jewellery shop/home to bury her father's jewe
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Lost Jewels is a great book to get lost in, set in multiple different time periods. Lots of details and very atmospheric, effortlessly taking you to different historical timelines and grabbing you in each one. I enjoyed grandmother Essie’s story the most and was keen to get back to the early 1900’s when that chapter was finished. Although a fictional story, this book is based on the true event of ‘The Cheapside Hoard’ – mysterious find of jewels and gemstones in 1912. A great read, but I rec ...more
Sarah Wagner
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A treasure trove of jewels found in London in 1912 drives the plot of this novel. Set in two timelines, one in 1912 and one in the present, with short segments in the 1600s, this book manages to move between multiple stories and still feel like one story. Kate Kirby researches historic jewelry and a family history project, mostly because she suspects her great-grandmother, Essie Murphy, who left London in 1912, might have stolen jewels from the historic find. Kate and Essie's stories unfold alon ...more
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
28. The Lost Jewel • Kirsty Manning // I went back and forth in time with this one as it pieced together the mysteries of lost jewels and family secrets 🤫 inspired by a true story, this will take you on a rollercoaster of heartache, sacrifice and hope. As Kate investigates for her latest work article.. she unravels pieces of her past and long buried secrets within generations of her family and finds the two are very much intwined. A beautiful, treasure hunt of a story that will have you turning ...more
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe The Lost Jewels is Kirsty Manning’s best novel yet. It’s only just been released and already I can’t wait for more. Full review available: https://jackiesmithwrites.wordpress.c... ...more
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Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. She has degrees in literature and communications and worked as an editor and publishing manager in book publishing for over a decade. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia. Kirsty’s journalism specialising in lifestyle and tr ...more

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