On Sarah Whitfield's 75 birthday, memories take her back to New York in the 1930s. To a marriage that ends after a year, leaving Sarah shattered. A trip to Europe with her parents does little to raise her spirits, until she meets William, Duke of Whitfield. In time, despite her qualms, William insists on giving up his distant right to the British throne to make Sarah his duchess and his wife.
On their honeymoon, the newlyweds buy an old French château, but not long after, the war begins. William joins the allied forces, leaving Sarah; their first child, an infant; and their second child on the way, in France. After the Nazi forces take over the château, Sarah continues to survive the terror and deprivation of the Occupation, unwavering in her belief that her missing-in-action husband is still alive.
After the war, as a gesture of goodwill, the Whitfields start buying jewels offered for sale by impoverished war survivors. With Sarah's style and keen eye, the collection becomes the prestigious Whitfield's jewelry store in Paris. Eventually, their jewelry business expands to London and Rome, as their family grows. Phillip, their firstborn, is stubborn and proud; Julian, their second son, is charming and generous and warm; Isabelle is rebellious and willful; and Xavier, unusual and untamed, is the final unexpected gift of their love. They each find their own way, but will be drawn to the great house of gems their parents built.
In Jewels, Danielle Steel takes the reader through five eventful decades that include war, passion, international intrigue, and the strength of family through it all.
©2000 Danielle Steel (P)2000 Random House Audio
They Skipped over half the book in the audio version.
i loved the whole storyn when i read the book.
When shara meets William.
Why would you record only half a book.
To bad I didnt pay closer attention. This is an epic story of love and war which was ruined by this abrigement. I don't buy abridged books but I was hurrying that day.
I've never listened to an abridged audiobook before, and only bought this one because Tim Curry was the narrator. I enjoyed his performance, maybe because I am a big fan of his. As far as the book goes, I wish this wasn't abridged! It seems like it would be a great epic love story. Too bad there isn't an unabridged version, I would have bought it, too. I doubt I will ever buy an abridged version of a fiction novel again, unless there's someone with an amazing voice reading it. But it was worth it for Tim Curry.
My favorite scene was the birth of their first child. I'm not sure if it was because it was the most detailed scene in the abridged version, or because it was wonderfully bizarre to have this grueling and dramatic birth scene read/performed by Tim Curry...
PLOT: Sarah an American becomes the Duchess of Whitefield ~ one of the BETTER early Danielle Steel romances.
1939~ American heiress Sarah is in England for "the grand tour" on the wake of World War 2 and she meets the handsome Duke of Whitefield. Sarah is very reserve as she had a "secret"....a divorce from an abusive marriage. The Duke "pursues" Sarah and first must gain her trust let alone her love. a whirlwind romance and marriage has them settling in FRANCE. World War 2 starts and this temporarily separates the couple and Sarah is in "German occupied France". Germans take over her Villa. Sarah develops a friendship with a German who becomes a PROTECTOR of her and her children. As the German are driven back into German Sarah finds her husband is missing....but soon is found very disabled and nearly dead but the love brings the couple back to the love they have. The wealthy Duke and Duchess buys the "Jewels" of the "destitute" French who need the cash to begin again in war ravaged France. The Jewels "dynasty" starts with a string of Jewelry Stores. Time had the loss of the duke and the children and grandchildren at "odds" in the struggle to manage the "Jewelry" dynasty. This is an excellent story...It travels through war and into the Swinging 1960s and has it all .....the jealousy between the 4 children is excellent. This one of the very best of the early Danielle Steel books and Tim Curry is very good and it moves along. I give it 4 out of 5......
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