The Lost Jewels
From the author of  The Song of the Jade Lily  comes a thrilling story of a family secret that leads to a legendary treasure.Why would someone bury a bucket of precious jewels and gemstones and never return?  Present Day. When respected American jewelry historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she’s on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. But the trip to London forces Kate to explore secrets that have long been buried by her own family. Back in Boston, Kate has uncovered a series of sketches in her great-grandmother’s papers linking her suffragette great-grandmother Essie to the Cheapside collection. Could these sketches hold the key to Essie’s secret life in Edwardian London? In the summer of 1912, impoverished Irish immigrant Essie Murphy happens to be visiting her brother when a workman’s pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, near St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The workmen uncover a stash of treasure—from Ottoman pendants to Elizabethan and Jacobean gems—and then the finds disappear again! Could these jewels—one in particular—change the fortunes of Essie and her sisters? Together with photographer Marcus Holt, Kate Kirby chases the history of the Cheapside gems and jewels, especially the story of a small diamond champlevé enamel ring. Soon, everything Kate believes about her family, gemology, and herself will be threatened. Based on a fascinating true story, The Lost Jewels is a riveting historical fiction novel that will captivate readers from the beginning to the unforgettable, surprising end.  

The Lost Jewels Details

TitleThe Lost Jewels
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 4th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow Paperbacks
ISBN-139780062882035
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Contemporary

The Lost Jewels Review

  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Kirby, well respected American jewelry historian adored her great grandmother Essie and when she passed away, Kate was devastated. When Kate was asked to head to London to do in-depth research culminating in a paper on the Cheapside jewels, she was excited but had no idea what she was about to uncover. Did the sketches Kate discovered in Essies possessions have anything to do with the Cheapside jewelry in the long ago past?Essie Murphy and her sister Gertie, along with older brother Freddie Kate Kirby, well respected American jewelry historian adored her great grandmother Essie and when she passed away, Kate was devastated. When Kate was asked to head to London to do in-depth research culminating in a paper on the Cheapside jewels, she was excited but had no idea what she was about to uncover. Did the sketches Kate discovered in Essie’s possessions have anything to do with the Cheapside jewelry in the long ago past?Essie Murphy and her sister Gertie, along with older brother Freddie and young twins Flora and Maggie lived in squalor with their drunken mother. It was on Essie’s shoulders to care for her siblings as their mother had lost herself in grief when her husband had died. 1912 London was hard for the Irish immigrants and Essie worked her fingers to the bone for pennies. The day she visited Freddie on a worksite in Cheapside, where demolition was taking place, she saw Freddie and the others uncover treasure; magnificent jewels, gems and pendants…As Kate and her photographer, Marcus Holt, travelled from London to India, Sri Lanka and Paris, they felt they were getting closer to the answers they sought. When Kate headed home to Boston finally, she was looking forward to seeing her sister and family, but more so in finalizing her paper. Was she at the end of the journey? Or would she be better to let the mysteries of the past lie? The Lost Jewels by Aussie author Kirsty Manning was fascinating! A web of mystery from the early 1600s, through the early 1900s to present day which was woven intricately with a fabulous conclusion. I was completely lost in the story, which is based on a true story, and feel The Lost Jewels is the author’s best yet. I was immersed in Essie’s story; the heartbreak, poverty and despair came across the pages perfectly. An excellent historical read which I highly recommend.With thanks to Allen & Unwin for my ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kylie H
    January 1, 1970
    This a new author for me, and one that I would like to read more from.The book is set across multiple timelines and locations. Kate is the present character who is researching a set of jewels that are part of a museum collection. She is an American but whose great grandmother was an Irish immigrant who had left London as a young woman and never returned. Kate recognises some of the jewels in the collection are very like drawings in her great grandmothers possession. In a parallel story we go This a new author for me, and one that I would like to read more from.The book is set across multiple timelines and locations. Kate is the present character who is researching a set of jewels that are part of a museum collection. She is an American but whose great grandmother was an Irish immigrant who had left London as a young woman and never returned. Kate recognises some of the jewels in the collection are very like drawings in her great grandmothers possession. In a parallel story we go back to Essie living in London is very poor conditions with an alcoholic mother and younger siblings she is trying very hard to look after.In unravelling this story Kate discovers more about her family and herself.A lovely story about the origin of jewellery and precious stones.Thank you Allen & Unwin for the ARC copy of this book. I can recommend it to any fans of historical fiction.
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  • Gloria Arthur
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐4.5 Stars⭐I found this story fascinating, it was rich with wonderful detail and historical timelines. The Lost Jewels is a fictional story inspired by the true story of The Cheapside Hoard', which is one of the most famous and mysterious finds of jewellery and gemstone treasures in the world. The cache was discovered in 1912 and surrounded in mystery.Our main character is Dr. Kate Kirby who is a well-respected jewellery historian. She has been offered a trip to London for a huge investigative ⭐️4.5 Stars⭐️I found this story fascinating, it was rich with wonderful detail and historical timelines. The Lost Jewels is a fictional story inspired by the true story of ‘The Cheapside Hoard', which is one of the most famous and mysterious finds of jewellery and gemstone treasures in the world. The cache was discovered in 1912 and surrounded in mystery.Our main character is Dr. Kate Kirby who is a well-respected jewellery historian. She has been offered a trip to London for a huge investigative feature on the Cheapside story. The Cheapside Jewels were currently being held at the London Museum where they had just been restored.Family secrets and historical jewels make this an astonishing and emotional mystery tale that delves into the past. A recommended read for historical fiction lovers.I wish to thank Better Reading & Allen & Unwin, for generously providing me with an advanced copy of the book to read in return for an honest review
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  • Janelle
    January 1, 1970
    It was such a pleasure to read this book! The story is told over a few different time periods, based on the real find of jewellery in London known as the Cheapside Hoard. The writing is beautiful and I loved the characters(I think I couldve read a book just about Essie and Gertie) and the pacing to reveal all the ins and outs of the story is perfect. It was such a pleasure to read this book! The story is told over a few different time periods, based on the real find of jewellery in London known as the Cheapside Hoard. The writing is beautiful and I loved the characters(I think I could’ve read a book just about Essie and Gertie) and the pacing to reveal all the ins and outs of the story is perfect.
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  • Anna Loder
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely devoured this one! Every time was my favourite, I loved every character. I loved all the food. I loved all the descriptions. Loved the mystery. Absolutely loved the jewels, and I am not a jewellery person! Absolutely loved it
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    January 1, 1970
    In The Lost Jewels, author Kirsty Manning weaves a fictional narrative around the mystery of the Cheapside Hoard, a large cache of expensive jewellery unearthed during construction in a London street in 1912.The present day timeline introduces Kate Kirby, an American historian who specialises in investigating the provenance of jewellery. Offered a rare opportunity to view the jewels discovered in Cheapside, the story follows Kate from the United States to England, India, France and then back as In The Lost Jewels, author Kirsty Manning weaves a fictional narrative around the mystery of the ‘Cheapside Hoard’, a large cache of expensive jewellery unearthed during construction in a London street in 1912.The ‘present day’ timeline introduces Kate Kirby, an American historian who specialises in investigating the provenance of jewellery. Offered a rare opportunity to view the jewels discovered in Cheapside, the story follows Kate from the United States to England, India, France and then back as she attempts to trace the origins of a handful of pieces of the collection, during which she discovers a link between one of the pieces and her own family history.Entwined with Kate’s journey, are two historical timelines, one of which reveals the story of Kate’s great grandmother, Essie Murphy, and her connection to the found jewellery set during the early 1900’s, and another set at two different points in the 1600’s which reveals the origin of one particular piece of a jewellery, a diamond champlevé enamel ring.I found I appreciated the story of The Lost Jewels more after I googled the ‘Cheapside Hoard’ and was better able to understand what a remarkable find the jewels were. Manning’s speculations about the origin of the Hoard through her fiction read as credible and interesting, though to this date the truth remains a mystery, and likely always will.Essie’s story as a young woman struggling to survive and raise her siblings was of the most interesting to me. I thought the author’s portrayal of daily life in urban London for its poorest citizens was accurate, and I had empathy for the Murphy family, particularly Essie, and her sister Gertie, who experienced such hardship and tragedy so young.I liked Kate well enough. I thought Manning communicated her passion for her work well, I don’t particularly care for jewellery but this novel did prompt me to think about the story’s custom pieces could reveal. There is a touch of romance that is developed between Kate and Australian photographer, Marcus, but it was kept fairly low key.Well written and researched, I found the The Lost Jewels to be a pleasantly engaging read, of family, secrets, love, loss, and new beginnings.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost Jewels is the third and latest historical fiction novel by Australian author, Kirsty Manning. I enjoyed The Jade Lily and had high hopes going into this book. Part of my excitement was knowing that The Lost Jewels was based on a true story. The story is that of the Cheapside Hoard and, despite my love of history, it was something that I had not come across in the past. The hoard refers to the five hundred jewellery and gemstone pieces that were discovered in London, two years before the The Lost Jewels is the third and latest historical fiction novel by Australian author, Kirsty Manning. I enjoyed The Jade Lily and had high hopes going into this book. Part of my excitement was knowing that The Lost Jewels was based on a true story. The story is that of the Cheapside Hoard and, despite my love of history, it was something that I had not come across in the past. The hoard refers to the five hundred jewellery and gemstone pieces that were discovered in London, two years before the Great War. These pieces were unearthed by workmen and to this day, the jewellery has never been claimed. Manning has taken the bare facts, along with two real life characters, and woven them into a fictional tale that crosses continents and generations. Readers are first introduced to the character of Kate Kirby. Kate is a jewellery historian that criss crosses the globe for work. Newly separated from her husband and a past that still haunt her, Kae cannot resist the opportunity to write an investigative piece on the Cheapside Hoard for Luxe magazine. Kate’s work ethic and personal history show her to be a quiet and thoughtful person that is passionate about her job. She shares much in common with her great- great grandmother, Esther. Yet Kate can be quick to judge others before she gets to know them, particularly an Australian photographer. Esther Murphy’s story takes readers back to 1912 London, the year that the Cheapside Hoard was discovered. Due to unfortunate circumstances, Esther lives a life of hardship and poverty. With a father who died in the Boer war and an alcoholic mother, Esther and her siblings are struggling in every way imaginable. As a teenager, Esther shows great love and compassion for her younger sisters. She makes many sacrifices and has high hopes for them, especially Gertrude. When Esther witnesses the discovery of the jewels and gemstones at her elder brother’s worksite, everything is about to change. Edward Hepplestone, the boss of Freddie, has caught her eye. Esther is wearing rose coloured glasses, until she makes a decision that there is no turning back from.The third and final surprising character is the jewels and gemstones themselves. Beginning in 1630, readers trace the journey from their beginnings in India, through to Persia and onto England and America. Manning’s meticulous research shows as she explains how gemstones are excavated and the harsh conditions that the labourers experience in a back breaking job. The love that jewellery makers have for their craft shines through as they make an exquisite piece for their customers, whether it is an individual or a company. This reader appreciated the time and effort Manning put into this part of her novel.With themes of love, family, societies expectations, jewellery, secrets, child exploitation, Edwardian London and so much more, this is Manning’s best work yet and an addition to the TBR shelf for fans of historical fiction.
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  • Jenny
    January 1, 1970
    The Lost Jewels is a delightful novel, it has the right measure of ingredients to make it a terrific example of historical fiction that is inspired by a true story. I love these types of stories and it reminded me very much of Kelly Doust's Precious Things. The two novels are similar as they follow the story of a particular item or heirloom and follow it's journey through the years. Within the journey what unfolds is intrigue, historical facts, pivotal events and a good dash of romance. And I The Lost Jewels is a delightful novel, it has the right measure of ingredients to make it a terrific example of historical fiction that is inspired by a true story. I love these types of stories and it reminded me very much of Kelly Doust's Precious Things. The two novels are similar as they follow the story of a particular item or heirloom and follow it's journey through the years. Within the journey what unfolds is intrigue, historical facts, pivotal events and a good dash of romance. And I also love the way the role of archivists, librarians, photographers and curators are all highlighted - they all play a significant part in ensuring the past is recorded, protected and exhibited for future generations. And all the research that Kirsty has completed for this novel - wow how wonderful to have access to all these places to visit plus primary and secondary resources to read and discover, this in itself was really interesting to read through the extensive list at the end of the novel. And no doubt there was much more. Congratulations to Kirsty Manning on this novel and I hope it inspires readers to delve back into your own past to find out the secrets that might surprise you but also satisfy your curiosity.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Very easy reading, very enjoyable and a new author for me. Fascinating story based on fact about the Cheapside jewels, a mysterious find from London in 1912. Kirsty Manning weaves a captivating story across generations that reveals family secrets, heartbreak and loss. The main character Kate, an American historian, finds she has a very personal connection to the jewels when she discovers a link to a piece belonging to her Irish grandmother. The story keeps you engaged across timelines from the Very easy reading, very enjoyable and a new author for me. Fascinating story based on fact about the Cheapside jewels, a mysterious find from London in 1912. Kirsty Manning weaves a captivating story across generations that reveals family secrets, heartbreak and loss. The main character Kate, an American historian, finds she has a very personal connection to the jewels when she discovers a link to a piece belonging to her Irish grandmother. The story keeps you engaged across timelines from the origin of gems in 1600 to their rediscovery in the 1900's and Kate's own journey of discovery in the present. Well researched and definitely recommended for lovers of historical fiction.Thank you Allen & Unwin for the ARC copy.
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  • Maya Linnell
    January 1, 1970
    I just sobbed my way through the final chapter of this story. Fantastic detail on an aspect of London's history I'd never known. I enjoyed the multiple timelines and found the story well researched and well written, with plenty of characters to cheer for, some that made me wild, and others I felt infinitely sorry for. It was also great tuning into one of Kirsty's online author events to hear more details about the research, inspiration and writing of this story!
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come
  • Craig / Phil
    January 1, 1970
    https://www.instagram.com/p/B-i9NHnA7...
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars, review to follow.
  • Belinda
    January 1, 1970
    No twists or surprises in this book. Story panned out as expected, characters simplistic and writing ability marginal. Probably better marketed as teen romance
  • Jessica M
    January 1, 1970
    http://jessjustreads.comInspired by a true story, Kirsty Mannings The Lost Jewels is a historical fiction novel that weaves a charming, fascinating tale about Londons Cheapside Hoard one of the most famous and most mysterious collection of jewels in the world, dug up in 1912 with very little information about the jewels origins. Structurally, The Lost Jewels resembles most historical fiction. The POV switches between past and present. In 1912 London, we meet the loyal, compassionate, devoted http://jessjustreads.comInspired by a true story, Kirsty Manning’s The Lost Jewels is a historical fiction novel that weaves a charming, fascinating tale about London’s Cheapside Hoard — one of the most famous and most mysterious collection of jewels in the world, dug up in 1912 with very little information about the jewels’ origins. Structurally, The Lost Jewels resembles most historical fiction. The POV switches between past and present. In 1912 London, we meet the loyal, compassionate, devoted daughter and sister Esther Murphy. She cares for her siblings because their mother is in no sober state to manage the household. They’re poor, but they love each other and Esther does all that she can for her siblings. Without meaning to, Esther and her brother are swept up in an extraordinary discovery of jewels found beneath a London street.In present day, respected American historian Dr Kate Murphy investigates the Cheapside Jewels and slowly finds out more about the history of the collection. For a small amount of time, we’re also transported back to the early 1600s in India, Persia and London to find out more about the origin of the jewellery collection and how these jewels ended up abandoned beneath the London ground.“The jewels were discovered the same day Essie Murphy fell in love. She had her brother to thank for both, of course — though in the years to come she’d often wonder which one came first. A buried bucket of jewels. A man with emerald eyes.”The Lost Jewels explores themes of family, obligation and expectations, but also love, desire, sacrifice and betrayal. A lot is expected of Essie Murphy, and she places an incredible amount of pressure on herself to keep her family afloat. She adores her brother and her sisters — she’s a multi-layered protagonist. She’s caring and considerate, but she’s also a little naive and too trusting. She always sees the best in people, and sometimes she puts her faith in other people too quickly. Esther and Kate have very distinct voices. Kate is intelligent, headstrong and confident. Like Esther, she’s a romantic, but she’s experienced hardship in her life. She’s going through a divorce and hasn’t been able to emotionally recover from the death of her child. On her journey to uncover the truth about the Cheapside Hoard, Kate meets photographer Marcus and her life changes in more ways than one. “The diamond was table-cut and clear. Kate used her eyepiece to scan the stone for variations. Flaws. Nowadays a diamond could be filled and baked, then sent off for certification that they were perfect; the rough would be brilliant-cut to throw sparkle around the room.”Engrossing, captivating and compelling, The Lost Jewels is a tale that travels. Kate ventures from London to India, Sri Lanka and Paris to uncover the secret histories of these jewels. Kirsty captures the locations with incredible description and vivid imagery. In a way, the settings felt like characters themselves because Kirsty had woven them into the story with incredible significance. It’s clear how much research went into the writing of this book, not just in capturing the settings but in bringing to life the jewels and the characterisation of Kate. Every time jewellery is described or studied, the prose is evocative. The sentences paint such a gorgeous picture of the jewels, drawing the reader in and helping them imagine what our characters are seeing. Kate is incredibly knowledgable about jewellery — she’s considered to be one of the best historians. She’s wise and intelligent, but she also learns quick. I can’t begin to imagine the time it took for Kirsty to research what was required for not only Kate’s character, but the entire premise of the novel. “The button was a double-layered flower: a rose fashioned from gold, with just the faintest traces of blue and white paint. At the centre of the flower and dotted along the petals were blue, red and white stones. Were they precious stones, or coloured paste? Each of the inner circles also had gold indents, as if there was more to come.”A modern day treasure hunt, The Lost Jewels is for fans of historical fiction, romance and sweeping sagas that investigate inter-generational secrets. The readership for this novel skews female. Thank you to the publisher for mailing me a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Em__Jay
    January 1, 1970
    I was already familiar with the Cheapside Hoard, and had even seen the jewels in person at an exhibition some years ago. In 1912, a pile of jewels is found buried in the cellar of an old house thats being excavated. The jewels are hundreds of years old. How did they get there? Who owns them? What is their origin? Hows that for a mystery to try and solve?! In THE LOST JEWELS, Manning weaves a fictional story around the few known facts about the jewels. The story moves between the present day to I was already familiar with the Cheapside Hoard, and had even seen the jewels in person at an exhibition some years ago. In 1912, a pile of jewels is found buried in the cellar of an old house that’s being excavated. The jewels are hundreds of years old. How did they get there? Who owns them? What is their origin? How’s that for a mystery to try and solve?! In THE LOST JEWELS, Manning weaves a fictional story around the few known facts about the jewels. The story moves between the present day to the time of their discovery in 1912 and all the way back to the mid 17th century where some of the jewels are first mined. I found the story to be highly engaging as mysteries are solved and present day connections to the jewels are revealed. The Cheapside Hoard is still a mystery in many ways, and Manning doesn’t attempt to answer all the questions. What she does achieve is a credible and entertaining story that will please readers of historical fiction. Additionally, there’s a great list of further reading for those us whose imagination has been fired up after reading this book. THE LOST JEWELS is the first Kirsty Manning I’ve read, and it certainly won’t be the last. Review copy courtesy of Allen & Unwin, Australia
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  • Read Me Another Story
    January 1, 1970
    Story 📖This is a story told over three time periods, mid 1600s(India, Cheapside), 1912 (Cheapside, Boston)and present day (Boston). Kate is a historian that is researching jewels that she believes are part of her family legacy. Little does she know what she discovers along the way.Essie (Kates great grandmother) demonstrates how difficult it was to be a woman in this time. Essie is trying to help her mam bring up her younger brother and sisters until one day while visiting her brother at work he Story 📖This is a story told over three time periods, mid 1600s(India, Cheapside), 1912 (Cheapside, Boston)and present day (Boston). Kate is a historian that is researching jewels that she believes are part of her family legacy. Little does she know what she discovers along the way.Essie (Kate’s great grandmother) demonstrates how difficult it was to be a woman in this time. Essie is trying to help her mam bring up her younger brother and sisters until one day while visiting her brother at work he is a part finding of a large cache of jewels in Cheapside, London.Summary 📖Thought this book was great. Very interesting to see how Kate approached her work as an historian and I liked the travelling backwards and forwards in time.Suggestion 📖 For anyone who enjoys historical fiction through multiple time periods and perspectives. Really interesting sto
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars, I received an uncorrected advanced copy from Better Reading with the purpose of this review.I've never considered the lifecycle or history of rare jewels before. I had heard of the Cheapside Hoard but never once considered it's origin, history or heritage.The Lost Jewels is a story within a story where Dr Kate Kirby, jewel expert, stands in for author Kirsty Manning and imagines a history for these pieces that features love, grief, family and global history from the gem mines, markets 3.5 stars, I received an uncorrected advanced copy from Better Reading with the purpose of this review.I've never considered the lifecycle or history of rare jewels before. I had heard of the Cheapside Hoard but never once considered it's origin, history or heritage.The Lost Jewels is a story within a story where Dr Kate Kirby, jewel expert, stands in for author Kirsty Manning and imagines a history for these pieces that features love, grief, family and global history from the gem mines, markets and goldsmiths of the 1600s to a family today marked by love and lossRichly entwined with coincidence and quirky jewel facts, an inevitable romance and a neat and tidy end - it still leaves the reader wondering about the real life Hoard. So much so that my daughter (7) and I spent this morning in social isolation viewing the collection via the Museum of London's virtual collection tour.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Wow what an amazing book of heartbreak, loss and love. So much love.This was a better reading preview book that I received and hadnt had a chance to read until recently. I started it almost a month ago but every time I picked it up I just wanted to keep reading. Lost in the story of Essie (Esther) and her family and the heartbreak and loss they had over the years to reading about Kate her great grand-daughter finding the beginning of Essies story and what Essies life had been and become kept me Wow what an amazing book of heartbreak, loss and love. So much love.This was a better reading preview book that I received and hadn’t had a chance to read until recently. I started it almost a month ago but every time I picked it up I just wanted to keep reading. Lost in the story of Essie (Esther) and her family and the heartbreak and loss they had over the years to reading about Kate her great grand-daughter finding the beginning of Essies story and what Essie’s life had been and become kept me entranced and amazed through the whole book. Through the book we follow the amazing story of Essie’s life and the cheapside jewels and where they came from! What an amazing read!Thankyou better reading Australia for the opportunity to read this book. Sorry my review wasn’t in on time!
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  • Katie Clews
    January 1, 1970
    New release: The lost jewels by @kirstymanningau published by @allenandunwin Wow an absolutely stunning novel that had me intrigued from the first chapter.. Fans of historical fiction will love this one...told in dual timeframes this is a story of mystery, love, betrayal and hope. Main characters Essie and Kate are extremely likeable..Again this story is based a lot on factual events and the amount of research that went into this is huge..I have loved Kirstys past novels and I adored this one New release: The lost jewels by @kirstymanningau published by @allenandunwin Wow an absolutely stunning novel that had me intrigued from the first chapter.. Fans of historical fiction will love this one...told in dual timeframes this is a story of mystery, love, betrayal and hope. Main characters Essie and Kate are extremely likeable..Again this story is based a lot on factual events and the amount of research that went into this is huge..I have loved Kirsty’s past novels and I adored this one the most. My favourite of hers so far .. 5 bright shiny 🌟 (or should I say 💎 diamonds) for this brilliant story..
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  • Kerrie Kellner
    January 1, 1970
    Not my usual genre but a very good read nonetheless. Kirsty interweaves the past and present with both culminating in a nice tidy conclusion, a technique Nicole Alexander also employed in her earlier works. The characters were real and flawed, and I felt a connection with the leads in each timeline, wanting to know their fates. I did get some of the lesser characters confused, especially in the modern storyline. Recommended for anyone after a good character drama, a bit of history and an Not my usual genre but a very good read nonetheless. Kirsty interweaves the past and present with both culminating in a nice tidy conclusion, a technique Nicole Alexander also employed in her earlier works. The characters were real and flawed, and I felt a connection with the leads in each timeline, wanting to know their fates. I did get some of the lesser characters confused, especially in the modern storyline. Recommended for anyone after a good character drama, a bit of history and an engaging story.
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  • Houna
    January 1, 1970
    I found the story of Essie fascinating. Following her through her hard times to find where the jewels do come from. At some point the relationship between Marcus and Kate turned into premier plan storyline and at the end of the book it seemed rushed and wouldve appreciated more details about how they got there.I dont usually read historical romance but the back and forth between the past and present got me through this book. I found the story of Essie fascinating. Following her through her hard times to find where the jewels do come from. At some point the relationship between Marcus and Kate turned into premier plan storyline and at the end of the book it seemed rushed and would’ve appreciated more details about how they got there.I don’t usually read historical romance but the back and forth between the past and present got me through this book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I had never heard of the Cheapside Hoard -- hundreds of pieces of beautiful jewelry that were found buried in a London cellar that was the fascinating basis for this novel. The parallel narratives let us follow several characters throughout hundreds of years of history, and the stories wove together well. I enjoyed it!I received an ARC from NetGalley. The book will be released on August 4, 2020.
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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    Kirsty Manning weaves a perfect story over multable timelines to keep the reader entranced
  • Rachel Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely loved it! It is well written and researched. I loved all the characters. I cant wait to read the authors other books. Absolutely loved it! It is well written and researched. I loved all the characters. I can’t wait to read the author’s other books.
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  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐ = it was ok. Pretty predictable and basic. ⭐️⭐️ = it was ok. Pretty predictable and basic.
  • Tracy Mackay
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Allen and Unwin and Better Reading for my uncorrected proof. I devoured this book in two days and loved the story whilst learning something new about history.I never knew anything about the Cheapside Hoard and the author has written a thoroughly engaging story around a real and intriguing historical find. Family secrets and treasure make a great story and I loved the beautiful descriptions of the jewellery and gemstones. Kirsty Manning has done her research on gems, jewellery making Thank you to Allen and Unwin and Better Reading for my uncorrected proof. I devoured this book in two days and loved the story whilst learning something new about history.I never knew anything about the Cheapside Hoard and the author has written a thoroughly engaging story around a real and intriguing historical find. Family secrets and treasure make a great story and I loved the beautiful descriptions of the jewellery and gemstones. Kirsty Manning has done her research on gems, jewellery making and mining and written a beautiful and heartfelt story of the Murphy/Kirby family, present and past.The book mostly bounces between three different years - the present, 1912 and 1630. The beginning of each chapter tells you which character it is about and also the year. Bit by bit secrets are revealed and pieces of the past come together.It's worth reading the authors notes at the back when finished and googling "The Cheapside Hoard" to see photos of some of the pieces described in the book. I will definitely be chasing up Kirsty's other books as well.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    An engaging read from beginning to end.
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