About the Book
The River Jewel: A Letter Series Novella by Kathleen Shoop
Publication Date: December 3, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 172 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
For everyone who hopes to find the perfect matchÖ
1875 Des Moines, Iowa
The novella, The River Jewel, takes readers of the bestselling Letter Series novels back in time, before there was a last letter, before the Arthurs lost everything, before they knew a girl named Pearl.
Meet Tilly Rabel, a proud oyster-woman, and Landon Lockwood, the troubled son of one of the wealthiest men in America. The two could not be less suited for love. But when an old legend draws Landon to a hidden river cove, Tilly and he find each other, are lured by growing attraction, and repelled by competing desires to control Tillyís waters. The hidden pool is replete with valuable mussel beds and the source of everything that makes Tilly who she is. Landon sees the illustrious treasure as the path to proving to his parents he is worth their love and worthy of the Lockwood name. Can Tilly trust Landon with her heart, with her beloved mussel beds? Can Landon trust that he has truly changed and doesnít need his parents approval to live the life he wants?
Heartbreak, triumph, and a very special baby weave a tale sure to please readers whoíve read the entire Letter Series and those who are just starting the journey.
This is my second read from The Letter Series by Kathleen Shoop and I am yet again blown away by how gorgeous it is. This novella takes place as a sort of prequel to the series and contains a lovely romance within. And, as I expected, the writing is just lush and gorgeous!
The River Jewel follows Tilly and Landon on an emotional rollercoaster of a love story. The two are very different, yet even with all of these differences might they make the perfect combination? Each of the characters have their moments of being likeable… and then not so much. Which is perfect, because it makes them human. No person is ever perfect 24/7 and it is through brilliantly imperfect characters that we get a glimpse into the true reality of humanity.
Outside of our main characters, the setting of this book is really quite special. We get a in depth experience of what it was like to live in Des Moines at the time. And the community within is really highlighted in a special way. All in all this book is a splendid romance and a wonderful novella on the day to day lives of two people who happen to meet one another.
About the Author
Bestselling author, Kathleen Shoop, holds a PhD in reading education and has more than 20 years of experience in the classroom. She writes historical fiction, womenís fiction and romance. Shoopís novels have garnered various awards in the Independent Publisher Book Awards, Eric Hoffer Book Awards, Indie Excellence Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards and the San Francisco Book Festival. Kathleen has been featured in USA Today and the Writerís Guide to 2013. Her work has appeared in The Tribune-Review, four Chicken Soup for the Soul books and Pittsburgh Parent magazine. She lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
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