Jewell: a Second Chance Novel

Jewell: a Second Chance Novel

by Tina DeSalvo


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996075022
Publisher: Tina DeSalvo
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Tina DeSalvo enjoys using her imagination, humor, empathy and personal experiences to turn characters and situations into books that she hopes will entertain readers. Her first book, Elli, brought her in close contact with so many readers with whom she has loved sharing stories, laughs, tears and hugs. Tina has always been inspired by the people she meets and by hearing their personal journeys, not to mention the people she just observes along the, watch out. You could be a character in her next book!

Tina is married to her handsome Cajun hero, and they live in Louisiana. They have two sons, a wonderful daughter (in-law) and three delightful grandchildren- Molly, Trip and Grey. By the time you're reading this, number four will be here!
If you'd like to know more about Tina DeSalvo, including info on her newest work, latest contests, where she's speaking or having a book signing, where she gets her ideas, or to see her photos from when she meets her cherished readers...please visit her website at


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Jewell: a Second Chance Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LindaMarie07 More than 1 year ago
Life is a mystery. This isn’t meant to be a cliché. It just well, really is a mystery. I am enamored with the story of Jewell Duet. Yet I also adore Jewell’s grandmother, Mignon “Mimi” Duet. The banter between Jewell and Mimi is classic. There were so many moments where I couldn’t help smiling and laughing with them. I felt an immediate connection with Jewel and Mimi. From their loyalty to each other, and love of family traditions, I felt as if I have always known them. The author infuses French into the book in key parts as well. This is extremely important because the use of French/Cajun French is declining in Louisiana. It is important to know your roots. This is another reason why Jewell and Mimi are so connected to each other. They can both easily switch back and forth between English and French. On the Sugar Mill Plantation, we are introduced to the Bienvenu family. Jewell has been hired by Elli Bienvenu to uncover and catalogue family heirlooms before a movie shoot. Yet, Elli’s husband, Ben Bienvenu isn’t exactly thrilled that Jewell is there. This might be because, Ben’s cousin, Beau Bienvenu, has unfounded suspicions about Jewell that could jeopardize everything. The Duets’ and Bienvenus’ are about to experience what being on a mysteriously journey means. Although it also helps to have a few pralines and Madeleine’s along the way too! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
KMH3030 More than 1 year ago
In Jewell, the story finds Dr. Jewell Duet trying to put her life back together after allegations of theft have disrupted her job as a sought after appraiser in New Orleans. Now Jewell is accepting jobs that are little more than overseeing garage sales compared to her old opportunities. She has an opportunity to work at the Sugar Mill Plantation, but has to overcome the allegations as well as bring along her grandmother, who is battling dementia and depends on Jewell. At the grand home, she meets the owners cousin, Beau Bienvenu, who is immediately both attracted to Jewell, but also deeply suspicious that the woman is there with nefarious plans to scam his family. DeSalvo brings a great deal of personality to her characters, which really enriches the story. I really loved Jewell and her grandmother’s relationship, it’s funny, sweet, and difficult, and feels like a true situation of the love and hardship of caring for someone with dementia. Jewell and Beau have great chemistry, and both are well written characters. This is the first of DeSalvo’s books that I have read, but with characters like these I would love to read more! I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Debduff More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There was just the right amount of mystery, romance and suspense to keep me interested. Jewell and Beau are well developed main characters, but I found I enjoyed the other characters even more, particularly Jewell’s grandmother and Beau’s older relatives. They added a touch of humor to the story. I look forward to reading other offerings I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.