I absolutely loved this story! “The Jewel Box” by C. Michelle McCarty recounts the life of fictional character Cherie O’Quinn. We first meet her as she’s desperately looking for a job to support herself and her young daughter. Cherie heads to the big city of Houston where she finds a job at a topless bar. While working there she meets the love of her life. The rest of the book traces their relationship and its ups and downs from the 1970’s to the new century. I loved all the cultural references in the story that trace historic happenings in the country interwoven with the drama that is Cherie and Gabriel’s life. The author has done a wonderful job of giving us an inside view on these two and also how those around them affect the choices they make for themselves. This is a beautiful, though at times heartbreaking, story of the power of love and how sometimes it’s impossible to let go. This book goes to the top of my favorites list.