Danielle Steel presents Jewels as Sarah Whitfield’s 75th birthday retrospective.
As a Manhattan debutante, Sarah fell for the wrong man. The marriage ended in a divorce that humiliated her into seclusion. To get her out of her funk, her parents took her to Europe where she met and married the much older William, Duke of Whitfield.
As the Nazis mobilized, William was called to military service. With an infant son and another baby on the way, Sarah stayed in a rural French chateau occupied by Germans while he’s gone. Although believed dead, William survived the war.
The couple had three more children and built a business buying jewels from war survivors who need money to rebuild their lives.
After William’s death, Sarah ran the jewelry stores and tried to cope with the problems her adult children cause.
Steel would have readers believe that, Sarah, despite her lack of training for anything, could refinish woodwork, direct a multi-national business, and assist in the hospital when casualties are heavy.
The historical content is equally preposteous. In rural France under Nazi occupation, Sarah and her children never so much as miss a meal.
Jewel is a novel full of characters but no real people, glass passed off as a gem.
Jewels by Danielle Steel
Delacourt Press. ©1992. 471 p.
1992 bestseller #5; my grade: C-
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