21 January 2010

The Jewel Box

by Anna Davis

Random House. Romance, Adult Other. Paperback rrp $24.95

Diamond Sharp is an enigma. She writes a weekly column for a London newspaper about her life - the late nights, the parties, the men, the dances, the fashion and the places to be seen or not. Most women want to be like her. Most men want her.

It is the Roaring Twenties in London and a single woman writing about her outrageous life keeps readers glued to the page. Who is Miss Sharp? Does she actually exist?

Only Grace Rutherford knows. Grace works as a copy writer during the day, the only female employee in a very old established male company. She lives with her mother and widowed younger sister and two children. Grace loves her family and provides and protects them after the death of her brother-in-law. But when the sun goes down, Grace turns into Diamond Sharp. She has all the latest tips and tricks on how to be fashionable in London and gets invitations to all the right places.

But then Grace and Diamond’s worlds collide. Grace meets a man. Diamond also meets a man. Which man is the right one for this one woman? Secrets unravel. The one person who Grace doesn’t want to hurt is her sister but her sister has her eye on one of the men. The two men know each other but are sworn enemies.

A fun and exciting book that captures the past perfectly. I could envisage everything happening and sometimes woke from my daydream thinking I was Diamond. The twists and turns on every page will keep the reader mesmerised right to the end. Yes, I loved it.


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