The Jeweler

The Jeweler

by Beck Anderson

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The Jeweler by Beck Anderson

Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn't believe in: marriage. He's a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop's retirement. He's cynical, he's jaded, he's not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he's happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be-until moments after the transaction when that eager guy is hit by a car and killed, and Fender's conscience pays a rare visit.

He retrieves the ring and decides to find the woman his customer intended to marry. That woman turns out to be Ginger Stevens, twenty-something ski instructor, who-despite being full of guilt and self-doubt after the death of her boyfriend-is someone Fender finds he quite enjoys being around. He's smitten.

Which is all well and good, except that after he meets her, Fender can't do it. Though it's right there in his pocket, he can't tell her about the ring. Instead, he embarks on a long, ridiculous quest to find a way to tell her the truth he knows she deserves. Aided by advice from Pop and the antics of his best friend Sam, Fender tries desperately to juggle his budding romance with the reality he knows could ruin it.

Will he find love or foul it up? Can Ginger move out of the past to embrace what the future has to offer? Meet this unlikely pair in Beck Anderson's heartfelt and fabulously funny second novel, The Jeweler.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623421434
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Beck Anderson is a RITA award-winning author who balances writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making the time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho with the suavest Chihuahua north of the border. Visit her on the web at AuthorBeck.com.

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The Jeweler 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
csingh More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars! I read this book fairly quickly. It didn't take very long to hook my interest.  The concept was very interesting and I enjoyed reading it.  There were some parts I of the book I enjoyed more than others, but we'll get into that in a little bit.  I liked Fender.  He was usually put together, but being in Ginger's presence turned him into a bumbling mess.  It was really quite endearing to see him that way.  I liked his frank observations on the customers that came in and even his jadedness with the institution of marriage. Fender has some problems struggling with what to do with the ring that ended up back in his possession and I understood his dilemma.    Ginger was interesting.  I wasn't so sure how I felt about her initially, especially after first meeting her in the park with Zoe.  It didn't seem like she was really vested in her relationship.  However, seeing her after her loss, trying to come to grip with her new reality softened what I thought of her, and I realized she was just adjusting to her new reality.   As much I think the story is unique, I didn't really feel the spark between Ginger and Fender. I felt like there was more chemistry between Fender and his friend Sam, or even Fender and Pops, his father.  I didn't see the attraction Ginger and Fender had for each other.  I did have some moments of laughter, but there were only a few. Beck Anderson shows great promise in her writing, and having read my first book by her, I know I will be on the look out for more. 
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Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
The Jeweler by Beck Anderson is a standalone romance novel. It is not a heavy and hot romance by any means but it is tense and will keep you reading just to see what happens with that darn ring! Fender Barnes is a cynic. He is now running his fathers jewelry business but is not overly happy about it. He see's so much manipulation in his store that he truly thinks the institution of love is a farce. When a tragic accident befalls a customer just outisde his store he does the strangest thing. He takes the ring the customer just bought. He doesn't know why and is eventually cajoled into taking it to the man's significant other at his funeral. He can't bring himself to give it to her though and a calamity of sweet and awkard events happens over the months following. Ginger is a ski instructor that is having a hard time moving past the loss of her boyfriend. Months pass and when she finally starts going about her normal routine she is confronted by the strangely behaving Fender and his complete lack of skills on the powder. She enjoys their lessons together but despite the ring almost always being present at their meetings, he never quite has the courage to broach the subject to return it to her. As time goes on and they develop a friendship and the attraction grows, the whole situation becomes more awkward. With humurous sidekicks and sweet moments throughout this slow-paced but pleasant romance will have you wondering about fate and love and what makes the universe tick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Five stars.
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Jennifer_Lane More than 1 year ago
Intriguing Plot, Quirky Characters I loved Beck Anderson's debut novel Fix You, so I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of her second novel, The Jeweler. When I heard about the clever plot, I was even more excited. Fender Barnes is a cynical jeweler who regards his eager, love-struck, engagement-ring-buying customer Brad with disdain. Love isn't real, right? But then Brad dies in a car accident right outside the jewelry shop, and Fender knows he needs to get the ring to its intended recipient: Ginger Stevens. But Fender never does anything right or easily, and when he sees the grieving woman at Brad's funeral, things go pear-shaped. Ginger is a ski instructor who's stunned by her boyfriend's death. She's "love, light, green eyes, and freckles." Just like in Fix You, the author's portrayal of grief is authentic and eloquent: The house was filled with his things, their things together. What upset her was looking at all the mundane stuff. Toothbrush. Who cared about his toothbrush? How could she get rid of it, though? A person accumulated stuff, never figuring he wouldn't be around to tie up the loose ends. Brad had arrogant, unfinished stuff, like half-drunk Gatorade bottles in the fridge. In Fix You, the heroine's husband died. In The Jeweler, the heroine's almost-fiance kicks the bucket. Which begs the question: is Beck Anderson's husband worried at all? ;-) I hope he's exercising and taking his fish oil. There's a host of wacky side characters, including Fender's dad "Pop", a man with some romantic tricks up his sleeve, and his bff Sam, a slovenly guy who shows his affection the best way a male buddy can: by insulting the hell out of Fender. As per usual, Pop focused on the woman in the conversation. "Fender went after a girl? Really? Does this mean little Sandy didn't make you swear off women forever?" Sam brightened. "I'd almost forgotten about Sandy. Isn't she the one that wrote I HATE YOU with weed killer on your front lawn?" I love the understated humor. Jewelry customers Jimmy the mobster and his bling-seeking girlfriend Naomi provide some color as well. Naomi has a heart-to-heart with Fender: "That's what my therapist says. She says no woman should be bought for a shiny piece of glass." Fender realized he was in the wrong profession, obviously. He should be blowing smoke up somebody's ass for a hundred bucks an hour. Hey! Therapists make way more than $100 an hour now, hehe. This is a sweet and subtle love story, and I encourage you to give it a try!