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The Jewels of Tessa Kent [Paperback]

Judith Krantz
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1 Oct 1999
This is a tale of a mother and her illegitimate daughter's relationship gone wrong and a story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the international auction houses.

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (1 Oct 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553407325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553561371
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 634,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tessa Kent, an exquisite and precocious fourteen-year-old, gives birth to an illegitimate daughter. Her parents, devout Catholics, raise the infant, Maggie, as their own child. At sixteen Tessa is discovered by Hollywood; by ninetten she's an international movie star. Maggie lives for her glorious 'sister's' infrequent whirlwind visits. Maggie is a captivating, independent eighteen when she accidentally learns the truth. Mortally wounded, she breaks all ties with Tessa and starts work at the famed Manhattan auction house of Scott & Scott.

Five years later, a life-altering crisis makes Tessa passionately determined to end this estrangement. An auction is the only way she can find to reach her daughter, an auction of the immensely valuable collection of famed jewels that represent all the love lavished on her by her late husband. Tessa promises Scott & Scott the auction on the condition that Maggie and she work closely together on the sale. For Tessa, her entire future now hangs on the hope of an almost impossible reconciliation.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A FABULOUS BOOK, BUT A LITTLE TOO..... MUCH 21 July 1999
By A Customer
i read "The Jewels of Tessa Kent" shortly after it was published in the US. i enjoyed it, yet found that i felt rather.......useless, after reading it. Krantz goes into great detail about how brilliant and gorgeous Tessa Kent is, and it left me sitting there wondering if anyone was really like that. HOWEVER!!! it was definetly a well written and carefully planned book, otherwise i wouldn't have felt any feelings for the main character. cheers to Judithe Krantz for a fabulous effort!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synopsis 14 Jan 2009
The tale of a mother-daughter relationship gone desperately wrong, and of love and loss, set against the glamorous backdrop of the international auction houses.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Galmour - Lovers - Morality - Passion 15 Jan 2001
By A Customer
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A great read I could not put this book down. The life of tessa kent from her early teens was an adventure of passion,sex,work and finally true love. A hollywood movie star by the age of 19 Tessa Kent has a daughter of five that the world doesn't know about, and that everyone including her daughter believes is her sister. When a crisis occurs Tessa kent must set her life in order and must decide weather to reveal all. A great book for weekend away just cool drink and a hot book.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 7 Dec 2003
By A Customer
I was reading this book when I was ill and it made me forget myself.
I really liked it and I think it is perfect to spend a rainy day reading it
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Detailed subworlds, but one fatal flaw 6 Jan 2000
By Mrs. Phillipa M. Sidle - Published on
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Judith Krantz is an extremely skilled writer with that genuinely, authorly flair for creating subworlds on her own terms - a talent possessed by any writer worth reading, from Dickens to Agatha Christie, whatever the genre or actual literary merit of his or her output. I read The Jewels of Tessa Kent with as much enjoyment as all her other works, very little more or less, since she is if nothing else consistent and the predictability of her formula - if you like this sort of thing, as I do - is part of the attraction. She is very good at drawing a detailed and superficially convincing picture of a specialised environment or social situation - in this case, the worlds of film-making, auction houses and applied Catholicism - and, despite the superabundance of positives and superlatives in her novels (nobody is ever just slightly beautiful, or a little bit rich, or reasonably good at what they do) she always includes a couple of entertaining vignettes of nasty, obsessed characters. Unfortunately, however, her great weakness seems to be an inability to portray a convincing romantic relationship. Her heroines generally fall madly in reciprocated love at first sight and marry within a week, in a way that never seems remotely plausible.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UGH UGH UGH! 22 April 2001
By D. Rizzo - Published on
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Is it me, or are Judith Krantz novels becoming more tedious with the passage of time? Is my one guilty literary pleasure petering out? First, there was the unparalleled Cinderella-ism Scruples, a sample of rich excessiveness, indeed the book that gave hedonism a new name, for which thousands of readers rejoiced. Princess Daisy continued the pattern of Krantzism... outrageously beautiful heroines, both wicked and noble men, unyielding evil and brutishness by way of conflict, and the eventual emergence of the woman victorious... easily identifiable and tantalizingly reliable.
So what's happening? The Jewels of Tessa Kent didn't hit one resonant note. The Jewels of Tessa Kent, in fact, seemed to be a bit of fluff more along the lines of that old chestnut Danielle Steele (who I believe fully writes her books by tape recorder off of the top of her bouffant head) instead of a finely honed Krantz-terpiece. I remember feeling that way about Spring Collection and that other Krantz novel, the one with the photographers that was so insipid I can't even remember the title.
Frankly, the only good thing to come lately off of the pen of Judith Krantz is her autobiography, Confessions of a Nice Jewish Girl. Want to read some Krantz? Read THAT. Skip THIS.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Magic 23 Feb 2001
By "bijucu" - Published on
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At the beginning of this novel, Tessa Kent is but a 14-year-old extraordinarily beautiful girl whose mother lives only for the day when Tessa will become a movie star.
However due to a one-night indiscretion Tessa becomes pregnant and the family moves to another city. There, in secrecy, Tessa gives birth to a little girl (Maggie) whom her parents decide to raise as their own.
Tessa is still under twenty when she wins an Oscar for the best supporting actress and from then on her star continues to rise spectaculously.
Soon after she gets married her parents die in a car accident. Tessa's husband doesn't know her secret and so Maggie is brought up by a cold, unsympathetic couple (relatives of Tessa's husband).
Tessa becomes a widow in the meantime and, when Maggie is 18, she decides to tell her everything but Maggie finds out from another source and decides never to speak to her mother again.
A few years pass and special circumstances make Tessa desperately try to make peace with her daughter... if it's not already too late.
I must admit I am a big fan of Judith Krantz and I read all her novels. Every one of them is magic, glamorous and has some inner joy that willy-nilly rubs out on you.
The old magic is still here in this book, but not nearly as much as in the other novels.
Also there are far less people and secondary story lines, something I regret.
All in all, a book not to be missed!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I really wish for a -0- star rating! 7 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on
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Judith Krantz has turned into a formula writer with only one story to tell: that of a beautiful, yet somehow tragic heroine, who must overcome some kind of adversity to reach the top; marry one of the world's richest, most powerful men; go through another tragedy; and end her life surrounded by friends and family (and most usually, a second husband).
This is just too much of a good thing over and over and over again. I know Krantz is no Faulkner, but I've grown a bit tired of the same ole' story, no matter how the scenery changes.
Either quit or find a new framework for your stories! I won't be purchashing any Krantz books for a while, not even in paperback!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a life is not enough to live everything 22 Mar 2005
By Panagiotis Gerabinis - Published on
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Reading about cancer in the book was really very upseting.We are surrounded by the desease , by hearing about it in our daily life. Although i have no personal experience, i was so touched by Tessa's situation, that i wish noone lived what she did when she found out.Pain doesn't hurt as much as the feeling of loss.
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