Item description for The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles #4) by Lawana Blackwell...
Overview When Andrew Phelps becomes ill and requires his son's skills as a surgeon, and his daughter Aleda's quest for privacy advances an evil man's schemes, Gresham newcomer Jewel Libby becomes an unexpected source of strength and support for the family.
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.38" Width: 5.78" Height: 1.09" Weight: 0.83 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2008
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
Series Gresham Chronicles
ISBN 0764205110 ISBN13 9780764205118
Availability 0 units.
More About Lawana Blackwell
Lawana Blackwell has thirteen published novels to her credit, many of them set in the English countryside of the nineteenth century. She and her husband live in Frisco, Texas.
Lawana Blackwell currently resides in the state of Louisiana. Lawana Blackwell was born in 1952.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles #4)?
The Jewel of Gresham Green Mar 6, 2010
Book arrived in excellent shape and as promised. I will definitely order from this site again.
Return to Gresham Aug 18, 2009
As a huge fan of the the Gresham Chronicles and Lawana Blackwell's works, I was thrilled to hear that there was going to be a fourth book in the series. I had devoured the three books in the series several times (they're one of my favorite book series to reread) and was looking forward to seeing what was going on with the village and its inhabitants. It was pleasant to return to the peaceful village where everyone knows each other. We're introduced to new characters and are reunited and caught up to date with old friends. I will admit it was a bit jarring to see the children now grown up with their old families but the Hollis and Phelps family are still the same as ever. I liked Jewel and her daughter and was sadden at their plight. The treatment of a single mother in England during that time period was very rough and justice was not served properly to those who needed it.
While I enjoyed this book, I felt that it wasn't on the same level as the author's previous books in the series. I never really felt connected with the new characters in this book and I felt like the old characters were just thrown in for good measure. The other books in the Gresham series (as well as Blackwell's other two Victorian series) had a certain charm and comfort feeling. You felt as if you were literally swept up into the story and transported into that time period along with the characters. This book however, gives sort of a standoffish feeling. I felt as if I was looking at the story from a distance. The romance in this story seemed to happen very fast and almost as an afterthought. After the quirky and accidental romances in the past 3 books, the one in this one fell flat and was not very believable.
That being said, this is an enjoyable book. Fans of Jane Austen and other regency era type books will find this book a pleasure to read. If you've never read any of the other books in the Gresham series, you won't be lost reading this one as it can be read as a stand alone. However if you're a fan of the original series, this book is a nice way to catch up on everyone and is a good addition to the series. Hopefully this won't be the last we will see of Gresham and it's inhabitants.
A Nice Story but it Didn't Really Grab Me Jul 31, 2009
It's not often I find a book blurb to be so off the mark, but that was the case with this one. Not that I didn't enjoy the book, because I did, but this blurb is really quite a bit misleading and over dramatizes parts of the story quite a bit.
I have to admit that the story gets off to a slow start and the plot is very difficult to follow for about the first quarter to third of the book. The transitions from chapter to chapter are a bit shaky as the scenes and characters change, but once every main character was located in Gresham, the story was ever so much easier to follow and get caught up in. The story really begins to pick up when the "evil man" mentioned in the blurb arrives, though his schemes really were not advanced the way the book blurb implies. The evil Donald is certainly an unlikable man and it was galling to read how various women fell for his fake charms. He was, however, a well-written character. Many of the characters are not particularly developed, though Blackwell does a pretty good job with Donald, Jewel, Aleda, and Loretta. In all fairness, this is actually the fourth book in the series, so many of the characters may be developed in other books.
Something else I particularly enjoyed was that it was not immediately obvious with whom Jewel would eventually fall in love, however, once that was apparent it took an agonizingly long time for anything to happen! In fact, there is so much going on in this story, that it unfortunately overshadows Jewel's eventual romance and her own story. I really don't feel that this book was about Jewel as much as it was about an entire family in this village. In the end, we were really left with about two chapters devoted to the supposed romance, as if the author realized she needed to get everything wrapped up to close the book. Overall, once the story really got moving, it was an enjoyable light read with some good messages, while not being overly preachy. While this was the fourth book in the series, it did work as a stand alone novel and I do not feel I missed out on anything by not having read the first three books.
Gresham Green series is wonderfully written and engaging Jul 9, 2009
I was overjoyed to find this book on this site, and ordered it for a friend. This series was a pleasure to read, and weaves the characters together so wonderfully - you feel like they're your neighbors or relatives from another time. Read it - you won't be disappointed!
another quick and delight read in the series Jun 24, 2009
i have been reading this series since high school, and was thrilled a fourth book was published!
the story is great, and it continues to develop past character we have come to know by now. i especially enjoyed the development of phillip. this book actually keeps you guessing a lot more than the first three.
i was a little surprised as some underlying sexual references in this book, especially compared to how clean the first three were. nothing graphic or alarming, but it's obvious blackwell has amped up her writing style.