The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles Book #4)

The Jewel of Gresham Green (The Gresham Chronicles Book #4)

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by Lawana Blackwell
     
 

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Will this quaint village be the safe haven her heart craves?

To protect her precious daughter from the danger nipping at their heels, Jewel Libby must flee the only home she's ever known. Caring friends direct her to the vicarage in the peaceful dairy village of Gresham, but she arrives there to find Vicar Andrew Phelps and his wife immersed in troubles of…  See more details below

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Will this quaint village be the safe haven her heart craves?

To protect her precious daughter from the danger nipping at their heels, Jewel Libby must flee the only home she's ever known. Caring friends direct her to the vicarage in the peaceful dairy village of Gresham, but she arrives there to find Vicar Andrew Phelps and his wife immersed in troubles of their own. Their son Philip, a successful London surgeon, has a controlling wife who resents his close family ties. And daughter Aleda lives in a cottage on the outskirts of Gresham, where she adamantly pursues her writing career and her solitude... often to the exclusion of others.

When Andrew becomes ill and in need of his son's skills, and Aleda's quest for privacy unwittingly advances an evil man's schemes, Jewel finds the tables turned... she is the one offering support and a source of strength. But an unlikely romance is about to change everything...

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Library Journal

Picking up where the "Gresham Chronicles" series (The Widow of Larkspur Inn; The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter; The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark) left off, this title revolves around the children of Vicar Andrew Phelps and Julia Hollis in the English village of Gresham. Aleda is a reclusive writer, while Philip is a successful London surgeon who returns home to help his ailing father. Romance and mystery complicate their lives. Blackwell lives in Louisiana.


—Tamara Butler

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585584130
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Gresham Chronicles , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
30,180
File size:
561 KB

Meet the Author

Lawana Blackwell has eleven published novels to her credit. She and her husband have three married sons and live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Lawana Blackwell has thirteen published novels to her credit, many of them set in the English countryside of the 19th century. She and her husband live in Frisco, Texas.

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Jewel of Gresham Green 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Deborah_K More than 1 year ago
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.
twinkleSA More than 1 year ago
I love Blackwells Gresham books, they are fun to read and keep your interest. I like books that have good values with lessons you can learn. They even include a bit of historical value from them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The preceeding three books were lovely and gentle with solid messages about faith and romance. I was disappointed by how off and dark and uncompelling the story and characters were.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love everything about this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the simplistic, very pure books that preceded this one in the series... and still prefer them to this one.
Anonymous 6 months ago
If you enjoyed the other Gresham stories you'll enjoy this one as well .
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MartybMB More than 1 year ago
I read the entire series and loved them all. Makes you see that all things can lead to good. Characters are realistic with their both their bad sides and good sides. Are seen.
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akreaderJH More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read = I just finished the Gresham series was was absolutely delighted. Ms Blackwell drew her character so well and developed her stories so realistically I was sorry to see the series end. However, all the 'strings' were tidily tied up and all the characters lived happily ever after - or in a case or two not so happily. Thank you Ms. Blackwell for some wonderful reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The ladt in a series of 4 books. The author keeps the characters in all the books and they come to life as real people. Great storyline and well written.
brodiemom More than 1 year ago
This series is the first time that I had heard of this author. After I had bought the first book in this series, I just had to buy all of the other three! They were absolutely wonderful. I sat and read them all at once. They held my interest from cover to cover and I got to find out what happened to all of my favorite characters from the beginning of the series right to their grandchildren! The added characters were great also and fit in perfectly. I would love to read more from her...
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I order all of the books in series. I enjoyed them and ordered more by Ms Blackwell.
Sharasprite More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and believable and there weren't to many religious references made which I really appreciate. I look forward to reading more of Lawana Blackwell's work.
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I loved this book. It is a continuation of the Gresham series. Lawana Blackwell does such a great job of describing the characters. You feel as if you know each one. The entire series is a great read!
blondelawdawgie More than 1 year ago
The fourth in the series, Lawana Blackwell does not let the reader down! And saves the best in period Christian living for last. How wonderful to have enjoyed this entire set. My only disappointment is that it has ended. I could continue reading about this community and family forever. Thank you Ms. Blackwell!