An unusual but engaging read! This is a love story, but one that is laced with tragedy. The Butcher family boasts of a President, a moviestar, and the world’s richest man among its ranks. Wolf is the moviestar and the favorite of the family. The deaths of five other family members, including his favorite niece, sends him into a crippling depression. When he meets little Robin, an orphan, and then Savannah, his true love, he finds a new reason to live. Wolf and Savannah long to be married and adopt Robin but one tragic circumstance after another gets in the way of their plans.
This story is original and complex. While each tragedy felt like a stab in the heart, I, nevertheless, wanted to keep reading to know what the ultimate outcome would be. That outcome was impossible to guess in advance. The main characters are thoroughly developed and very likable. This book is appropriate for adults but because of some graphic sex and language I would not recommend it for teens.
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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.
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