A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes Series #2)

A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes Series #2)

by Mary Balogh
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A Precious Jewel (Stapleton-Downes Series #2) by Mary Balogh

Once Miss Priscilla Wentworth had been a well-bred young lady. That was before family tragedy left her without shelter from poverty and want. Now Priscilla supposed she should count herself lucky that a gentleman like Sir Gerald Stapleton wanted her to be his most favored favorite-someone who was worthy of being his mistress. But Priscilla was not foolish enough to think that lucky in lust mean lucky in love--just as Sir Gerald did not dream that Priscilla could be anything more to him than a plaything of passion.

But though both Priscilla and Sir Gerald knew the ways of the world all too well, they knew all too little about the ways of the heart...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440244639
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/24/2009
Series: Stapleton-Downes Series , #2
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 359,215
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man’s Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin’s School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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Precious Jewel 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
LiSaThAoO More than 1 year ago
I wasn't so interested in beginning this one but when I did I totally loved it. I really love the characters. I loved that Balogh did not leave out there story because it is worth reading. I enjoyed reading the ending the most because I felt that it was so different from the typical endings. It was hilarious in the end. This book was also really emotionally moving. It keeps you wondering what will be their end. This was a really good book. Interesting and fresh.
DebDiem More than 1 year ago
A Precious Jewel by Mary Balogh is a well written historical romance. Ms Balogh has delivered wonderful, lovable characters, drama and a bit of sizzle in this sometimes sad story. Gerald and Priscilla's story is all about choice and survival. A Precious Jewel is book 2 of the Stapleton-Downes Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger. I enjoyed A Precious Jewel and look forward to reading more from Mary Balogh in the future. I bought this book at a library sale.
Alison818 More than 1 year ago
I actually really liked this book and the fact that it was not your typical romance. This time the lady doesnt escape ruin and has to turn to prostitution to survive. And the hero is not huge, strong, sexually experienced and confident. He is shy, average, insecure and inexperienced. The story proves that even us lesser mortals deserve love too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors, so I expected to like this. I didn't expect to like it so much that I cried with happiness at the ending. Gerald and Prissy are quiet, imperfect people, not the typical main characters in a romance novel. It was so incredibly sweet to see them both find love when neither of them ever thought they'd get it or were worthy of it. Before I read it I kind of wondered if maybe this story didn't need to be told, since I've read the book where Gerald is the hero's best friend, but I'm so very glad we have this story. Loved this book, so much, and now I want to go read The Ideal Wife again! It could not have been easy to pull off a courtesan main character, but it works beautifully. I especially like how Prissy has a rich inner life and separate self that she maintains; it reminded me of More Than a Mistress in that way.
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