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On Sarah Whitfield's seventy-fifth birthday, memories take her back to New Yorknbsp;nbsp;in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarahnbsp;nbsp;shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little tonbsp;nbsp;raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield.nbsp;nbsp;In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the Britishnbsp;nbsp;throne to make Sarah his dutchess and his wife.

On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French chateau, but not long after,nbsp;nbsp;the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah,nbsp;nbsp;their first child, an infant, and their second child on the way,nbsp;nbsp;in France. After the Nazi forces take over the chateau, Sarahnbsp;nbsp;continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation,nbsp;nbsp;unwavering in her belief that her missing-in-action husband is stillnbsp;nbsp;alive.

After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buyingnbsp;nbsp;jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah's style andnbsp;nbsp;keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield'snbsp;nbsp;jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expandsnbsp;nbsp;to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn,nbsp;nbsp;is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming andnbsp;nbsp;generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier,nbsp;nbsp;unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. Theynbsp;nbsp;each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems theirnbsp;nbsp;parents built. In Jewels , Danielle Steel takes the reader throughnbsp;nbsp;five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue,nbsp;nbsp;and the strength of family through it all.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., 2009
ISBN: 9780307566546
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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SqueeGirl Oct 14, 2009

Sarah Witfield recalls fifty years of her family's history from her childhood in New York to the success of her family's jewelry business in Africa and the Far East.


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