eBook ´ The Jewel Box Kindle Edition Ò C Michelle McCarty

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A mouthy small town girl takes on big city life assisted by her Spiritual guide through sin city who pulls a Professor Higgins on Cherie while offering advice on single parenting and multiple affairs the heart Back in the Sixties while Motown hits filled the airwaves naïve Jill Novak acknowledged her knack for choosing losers when boring Husband Number One vanished leaving her to support their two year old The perpetual daydreamer soon morphs from small town Jill to sophisticated big city Cherie but a new name does not a better fut Don’t let the awful cover fool you It hides one magnificent intelligently written unforgettable story about enduring love And those who’ve been following my reviews know by now that I avoid love stories like the plague One of my fellow bookworm friends who have the same taste in books I have insisted I read this gem of a novel and no matter how skeptical I was at first mainly due to the cover I agreed to read and review The Jewel Boxand I was hooked and totally in love with this book halfway through the first chapterIt follows the life of Jill aka Cherie who after a failed marriage starts right at the bottom to build a life for her and her daughter Nikki She unexpectedly falls in love with the last man she imagined she could form a connection with in the very last place she expected to find her Mr Right and thus begins a tale of two people having to overcome a multitude of obstacles in their uest for everlasting happiness and contentment Sounds simple and cheesy right I can guarantee you it’s not like that at all even though my short summary sounds like every other romance out there McCarthy brings 1960s Texas to life with her colorful and diverse cast of flawed characters Using familiar pop culture and historical events she firmly grounds the reader in the story’s timeline from the sixties all the way through to present day Houston No detail is spared as the reader slips into Jill and Gabriel’s lives as we see these characters grow constantly forming new connections and friendships and eventually having to let go as some of these what becomes much loved characters pass away In this book it was not a uestion of me liking or not liking the characters but a matter of them feeling familiar to me as some of their characteristics I recognized as those I see in many of the people I know in real life You have the kooky neighbor across the hall who mouths off to anyone and everyone and who always picks Mr Wrong in an attempt to change him into Mr Right her uproarious antics made Delilah one of my supremely favorite characters in this book; and then there’s the meddling manipulating mother in law; as well as that one person whose wisdom and encouragement bring along life altering changes – to name only a few In all honesty every single character touched my heart in one way or another Even the not so nice ones had their redeeming ualities The only person surprisingly I had a hard time connecting to was Gabriel He was rather icky I’m completely put off by men like him but maybe it was Jill’s fascination with his moustache that fueled my dislike for him I’m grossed out by moustaches or any facial hair for that matter It’s the one reason I never watched Magnum PI I honestly enjoyed this book a lot than I initially thought I would it being a romance and all that but the writing is phenomenal and the characters’ voices makes it a read that’s impossible to put down The dialogue is clever and infused with razor sharp wit and gave the story that authentic edge I am wholeheartedly looking forward to reading of this extraordinary writer’s books

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The Jewel BoxWomanhood A tough and tender Texas sized romance with a mild metaphysical slant The Jewel Box highlights moments from the mystical laid back Age of Auarius through the materialistic high speed Internet era Music and references to the timespolitical climate convey the nations rocky terrain and subseuent growth parallel with that of the main character This is a story of an engaging and open hearted woman with no plan making her way through life by fits and starts and ultimately succeeding by turning out to be stronger than she thought At the end of the book embedded within the acknowledgements is the revelation that this is the author’s first published novel Until I reached that point I had no clue that that was the case The dialog is snappy the metaphors are clever and the characters are sometimes cranky other times charming but at all times interesting It is a love story where two people are the love of each other’s lives yet seem unable to stay with each other and compensate by being involved with people that are completely unworthy Cherie is a divorced woman with a darling daughter Nikki and her father has left the country leaving behind no contact information Therefore with no possibility of receiving any child support she is forced to find whatever employment is available Her desperation leads her to “The Jewel Box” a nearly topless bar where the reason for the nearly is the Texas law that reuires the wearing of pasties so that not even a hint of a nipple is visible It is at this bar where Cherie meets two married men Beauregard Phillipe Duvalé Beau is the owner and a lover of literature and a true friend to the girls that work there This leads to some notable uotes from and discussions of some major and minor literary works for Cherie is also a reader and follows Beau’s literary recommendations Gabriel is a regular patron with his friend Al Gabe is a carpenter and seemingly not worthy of any attention beyond what is needed to hustle some money out of his wallet However her presence at the “Jewel Box” leads Cherie into a convoluted love affair that is made up of fire ice passion longing and the establishment of alternate relationships that make the reader mentally scream “No you idiot” Through it all there are a few constants in Cherie’s life some of which are friends a little wilder than she is Delilah is an especially amusing character with her wit open sexual references and general kookiness The setting is Texas in the sixties and seventies so if you are a fan of music from that era you will appreciate the references to songs from that time and how their lyrics are incorporated into the story This is a humorous romance at times tender other times sad and dark and then there will be a bright light of humor I generally do not read romance stories finding them too formulaic and with a predictable happy ending This one follows no formula at all; there are many unhappy events in Cherie’s life from many different sources There is closure in the story as well but there is some major tragedy on the road to that pointThis review appeared on

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eBook ´ The Jewel Box Kindle Edition Ò C. Michelle McCarty Ò A mouthy small town girl takes on big city life assisted by her Spiritual guide through sin city who pulls a Professor Higgins on Cherie while offering advice on single parenting and multiple affairs the heart Back in the Sixties while Motown hits filUre bring In 1969 Houston Cherie encounters a rogue’s gallery of characters unlike those from her small Texas hometown; a drop dead gorgeous transsexual a snarling wannabe Mafia hit man a hairy cop who incorporates fondling girls into his job and a ditzo neighbor whose desire for friendship borders on stalking But it is two distinctly different men a middle age gregarious gambler and a twenty something gruff intellectual who jump on board her turbulent thirty year roller coaster ride and journey with her into the 21st Century and I was recommended this book so I thought I would give it a tryJill Novak is a divorced woman and a single mother of one child She is a woman trying to make a living to keep herself and her child off the streets She moves to the city of Houston and changes her name to Cherie The rest they say is history I really liked this character and enjoyed watching her grow throughout the book I must admit that I wasn't sure what I was getting into when I began reading this book I was expecting a romance but what I got instead was a whole lot I don't know if this is a fictional story or whether these events really did take place but this book reads like a memoir There are some memorable characters that shape Cherie's life I really liked Beau Duvale the owner of The Jewel Box the topless bar she worked in and Cherie's mentor and friend He is a charming man with a knack of hiding Jack of Clubs cards in strange placesGabriel O'uinn is a taciturn intense and charming man but he is not perfect I liked this character but I wanted to give him a swift kick every so often He can be a little blind to what's going on around him This is a story that covers over 20 years of Cherie's life so there is a lot of history from 1969 to 2003 political events music and people that peppers the book and shows the changing landscape of the years I did find it interesting but there was so much to digest I felt my head would explode However this gives the story a real feel that made the book come to lifeC Michelle McCarty is a debut author with a talent for writing a captivating story that I struggled to put down Although some of the book felt a bit long in places it felt like I was journeying through time I look forward to following her career with interestI recommend this book if you love contemporary fiction or memoirs Lynn Worton