Take a Sneak Peek at this Gem… The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning

Take a Sneak Peek at this Gem… The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning

Prologue 

LONDON, 1666
The smoke was so thick she had to draw her apron across her mouth. Her long plaits were singed black from falling firedrops. They’d need to be chopped off; Mama would be furious. But she had made a promise to Papa— she had to see it through, even though the roar of flames raced through the narrow cobblestone streets.
No-one would be missing her yet. Mama would be passing under London Bridge in the longboat with the baby, both wrapped in heavy woollen blankets to protect them from the embers raining down. The girl had begged, then pushed mother and baby into the overcrowded boat as barrels of oil and tallow exploded behind her,  promising she would jump in the boat behind.‘Think of the baby. Papa would— ’ Her words had been whipped away by the searing easterly and the boat was swallowed by the haze as it left the dock. Onshore was chaos as families unloaded trunks and leather buckets filled with their most precious goods.
Horses snorted with terror and threw their heads back. Hooves clanged against cobblestones. The beasts’ ears were pinned back with fear. The girl was grateful her mama and little Samuel were gone. Safe.

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                  Publisher details

                  The Lost Jewels
                  Author
                  Kirsty Manning
                  Publisher
                  Allen & Unwin
                  Genres
                  Fiction, Historical Fiction
                  Released
                  31 March, 2020
                  ISBN
                  9781760528102

                  Synopsis

                  From the bestselling author of The Jade Lily comes a thrilling modern-day treasure hunt brimming with family secrets.

                  Inspired by a true story, The Lost Jewels unfolds an incredible mystery of thievery, sacrifice and hope through the generations of one family.In the summer of 1912, a workman's pickaxe strikes through the floor of an old tenement house in Cheapside, London, uncovering a cache of unimaginably valuable treasure that quickly disappears again.Present day. When respected jewellery historian, Kate Kirby, receives a call about the Cheapside jewels, she knows she's on the brink of the experience of a lifetime.As Kate peels back layers of concealment and deception, she is forced to explore long-buried secrets concerning Essie, her great-grandmother, and her life in Edwardian London. Soon, Kate's past and present threaten to collide and the truths about her family lie waiting to be revealed.
                  Kirsty Manning
                  About the author

                  Kirsty Manning

                  Kirsty Manning grew up in northern New South Wales. A country girl with wanderlust, her travels and studies have taken her through most of Europe, the east and west coasts of the United States and pockets of Asia.Kirsty's first novel was the enchanting The Midsummer Garden published in 2017. The Jade Lily, compelling and pacey, is her second book.Kirsty is a partner in the award-winning Melbourne wine bar Bellota, and the Prince Wine Store in Sydney and Melbourne. She lives with her husband and three children amid an old chestnut grove in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.

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