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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (29 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061161357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061161353
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,697,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beverly Jenkins is the author of thirty historical and contemporary novels, including five previous books in her beloved Blessings series. She has been featured in many national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, People, the Dallas Morning News, Vibe, and many other publications.


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By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Jun. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a simple and engaging romance set in 1881 in the small town of Grayson Grove. Eli Grayson is a confirmed bachelor whose troubled past seems mostly behind him but whose beloved newspaper has had to close due to lack of funds. When a newspaperman talks about starting up the paper again Eli is thrilled, but it seems that G W Hicks won't trust Eli unless he's a married man. Eli says that he has a wife and then has to persuade one of his lifelong female friends, Jewel Crowley, to agree to masquerade as his wife for one evening meal.

But that one meal with G W Hicks starts something more serious. When the locals hear that Eli and Jewel are married they realise they will have to be married in truth in order to save her reputation. Their marriage starts off without much hope - Jewel has no desire to be one of the many women that Eli carries on with, Eli discovers his wife is fairly independent and wants to get a divorce in due course. Can they both learn to trust each other, and will the return of an unpleasant woman from Eli's past cause irreparable problems to their fledgling relationship?

'Jewel' was an enjoyable book to read with a lighthearted feel. There wasn't too much depth to any of the characters, settings or events but some of the historical situations were interesting and the backdrop of the struggle for rights of black people was well written. It was a gentle romance which will appeal to people who like historical romances and for those who like to read stories with black couples as the hero and heroine.

Originally published for Curled Up With A Good Book © Helen Hancox 2008
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By Denny on 12 Oct. 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Ok sweet and simple. Simple as in not much drama happens till near the end of the story. The writer returns to Grayson Grove where Vivd is set but the hero this time is Nate's cousin Eli. A reformed drunk, former adulterer and wanna be newspaperman is 'forced' to marry his stepsister Jewel due to circumstances. The romance between the two is sweet and Jewel turns a girlish crush into woman's love and passion. A secondary romance occurs between the former town madam and Eli's boss. I think they deserved their own story. Compared to other Ms Jenkins novel this is more like a 3 star but compared to other romance stories I give this 4 stars.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Voracious for Books VINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2008
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The previous reviewer does this book a diservice. For readers of Ms Jenkins other books, this book gives the opportunity to return to Grayons Grove the fictional town that was the setting for 'Vivid';and is as much
an ideal place to spend some time as Avonlea or Narnia.

Of course since this is a romance,you know there's going to be a HEA, but that is the only predictable part of this story told with the authors trademark humour. The hero is Ellis Grayson a man who is trying to reform himself, years after his affair with his cousin's wife. He's put his promiscuous past behind him, but the town gossips won't let him live down his past.

He finds part of his redemption in his friend Jewel Crowley. There is also added tension is the quiet town with the unwelcome arrival return of someone who is planning to stir up the town's men. And a murder or two to thicken the plot.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Saving Her Virtue Leads To Unforgetable Love 6 May 2008
By Priscilla C. Johnson (Cilla) - Published on Amazon.com
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Beverly Jenkins returns to Grayson Grove, Michigan in her latest novel, Jewel. Eli Grayson, known as the Colored Casanova of Cass County, has finally proven to be a man worthy of trust. Having amended his past indiscretions, lewd drinking and promiscuity which included sleeping with his cousin's Nate wife, Eli established and becomes founder and editor of the local newspaper, The Gazette. The Gazette was a nationally syndicate paper read by everyone as far away as Chicago. However, the paper had to fold due to the rising costs of printing and materials. Eli was also finding it difficult to find investors. Eli receives a visit from G. W. Hicks, owner the largest Black newspaper, who wants to add The Gazette to his holdings. The only problem - Eli has to be married.

Jewel Grayson was content with her life. She has been taking care of her five older brothers and father since her mom died when she was 12 years old. She has always had a crush on Eli. So when he asked her to pretend to be his wife until G.W. Hicks left town, she was more than happy of help; after all, it was only for one dinner. When word gets out , neither Jewel nor Eli were prepared for the change in their lives or the trouble from Eli's past that would later try to destroy their budding love.

Beverly Jenkins has given her fans another winning love story. Jewel is confident, independent and she has a fiery spirit that is found in all of Jenkins female characters. The story is fun and captivating from the beginning. Jenkins, as with all of her historical novel, gives detailed accounts of the struggle of black newspaper man like Eli and their role in the Black community. The story would not be complete without Jenkins signature sensual romance. Fans of Jenkins will crave for more and new fans will eagerly search for her fascinating romance novels.

Reviewed by: Priscilla C. Johnson
APOOO Bookclub
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Rose with Prickly Thorns Falls in Love with the Colored Casanova of Cass County 2 May 2008
By LaTreka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Eli Grayson's press comes under strain he seeks outside help to get it running again. However, when the stipulation includes that he have a wife, he implores Jewel Crowley to help him out of this bind. Although Jewel was supposed to play his wife just for one night, things take a turn for the worst. Now the whole town finds out that she and Eli were "secretly married." Far from the truth, Eli comes to a decision to make right the mess he brought to Jewel's door step. He proposes to keep the scandal from ruining Jewel's reputation. The moment they say I do, Eli takes serious his decision to marry her and try to make it the best arrangement as possible. Jewel's curious nature leads her to want to experience more from this man whose kisses literally makes her melt in her shoes.
Ms. Jenkins has penned a wonderful love story of two people who've known each other most of their lives. After nearly ten years of returning to Grayson Grove, I'd say this book was worth the wait.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
She was right under his nose the entire time 6 May 2008
By ELG - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Beverly Jenkins welcomes you back to Grayson Grove in Jewel where readers reconnect with the Grayson and Crowley families. Eli Grayson needs his step-sister Jewel to help him woo a potential investor. Little does Eli know asking Jewel to pose as his wife would turn into the best decision he has ever in his life. Jewel was classic Beverly Jenkins full of passion, laughter and historical facts. This is a must have for Ms. Jenkins fans and readers new to her work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sensually, Scintillating...The Multi-Faceted Jewel... 13 Aug. 2008
By Urban Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Grayson Grove's bachelor, Eli Grayson, has one dream and that is to have a worthy newspaper for the growing all-Black town. Due to lack of funds, Eli was forced to close the town's newspaper, the Gazette. Upon receiving a letter from G.W. Hicks, owner of the largest Black newspaper syndicates in the country, Grayson's excitement is limitless. That soon puts him in a precarious predicament: now he's in need of a wife to placate Mr. Hicks' pledge to back the newspaper venture. Behind door #1 is the only daughter of lumber beast, Adam Crowley, the pragmatic Jewel. She's content wearing trousers, planting flowers, and tending to the needs of her father and five brothers. Secretly fantasizing about Eli, she's stunned when he requests her help with his ploy to gain Mr. Hicks backing in re-opening the Gazette. Against her better judgment, she consents and finds herself with a sullied reputation unless she does the unthinkable: correct the lie that she and Eli presented to Mr. Hicks.

Snap, crackle, and pop would be an appropriate description of the sparks that sizzle when the newlyweds accept the other's vices, and Eli exhibits his skills as to why he's known as the Casanova of Cass County and sensually deflowers the young virgin. The woman who caused Eli to bring shame to his family resurfaces with many secrets, and her malodorous scent of trouble soon follows as she maliciously begins her trek to destroy the men in the town.

Ms. Jenkins fluency in creativity flows so effortlessly that you naturally become enchanted with each character and their storylines. I've yet to put one of her books down and felt anything but pure enjoyment! Her characters are so loveable that with each read, she amazes you with their individual personalities. They're realistic, bear numerous flaws, but their hearts and souls are so full of love and life, reaching the ending is actually depressing. Jewel is a refreshing, compelling read that is innocent yet has numerous risqué scenes. It is mos def so hard to say good-bye to each of Ms. Jenkins' reads!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Indecent proposal? 14 July 2008
By The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Former editor, Eli Grayson has been overtly wooing women since he was sixteen-years-old. That first encounter as a naive boy severed ties with his cousin for over sixteen years, and set the tone for his philandering. At thirty-four he has made amends with his cousin and finds that his wanderlust is not as fulfilling. Eli is trying desperately to focus on business and a future. He has been contacted by a prestigious Nationally Black syndicated newspaper big-wig, from Chicago, about reopening his press. Trouble is Eli needs a wife to capture the deal.

For fourteen years Jewel Crowley has tended to her four older brothers, and her rose business. She sees herself as a mildly-attractive woman with sights on things more substantial than romance and marriage. She has outgrown certain teenage nonsense, like the crush she had on Eli. So she is the perfect candidate to pose as Eli's wife for a few hours. But the charade blows up when town gossipers hear about the marriage, and threaten to destroy her name. Suddenly a real marriage is taking place; albeit a marriage in name only. Will Jewel's innocence capture Eli, will that same innocence withstand the wilds of the man known as 'The Colored Casanova of Cass County', and how will Jewel react when Eli's very first lover returns?

Eli and Jewel first came to life in the book Vivid, now some thirteen years later Ms. Jenkins revisits them. The characters are stimulating and typical for a small town as they bring the post antebellum period to life. The story is of a time when Black townships were prospering, when women knew how to be strong and genteel. When a rogue like Eli could settle himself and learn to appreciate the precious stone he uncovered. As is her custom, Ms. Jenkins writes a historical account that is sensual, lusty, scandalous and educational.

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