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Summary

Ricky Lam had it all - a thriving film career, the adoration of countless fans, incredible wealth, and a cocaine and alcohol problem that almost destroyed him. Luckily, he also had his older brother Philip - who strong-armed him into an addiction clinic. After 15 years, Ricky wants to mend the rift that erupted between the brothers during those dark days. But when tragedy strikes, erasing Ricky's dreams of winning Philip's forgiveness, he resets his priorities and dedicates himself to his brother's dream - the construction of a unique resort in South Carolina called the Crown Jewel. When Ricky steps into his brother's shoes he encounters unsettling contradictions, as well as his sister-in-law Roxy Lam, who leads him to the mystery at the center of his brother's life and into a love affair far richer and more challenging than any he has experienced before.

©2004 Fern Michaels (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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"Fern Michaels shines!" ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Tracy
  • 18-09-11

Ok if you want an easy brainless read

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

If your looking for an easy fun listen without any thinking involved, this is for you

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending is just as the reader anticipates, but a fun read.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I sometimes did not know who was speaking, the narrator did not use different voices for different characters. Confusing but an easy voice to listen to.

Any additional comments?

I would look for books with higher ratings by this author.

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  • Julia/Jerry
  • 05-09-16

The best!

I didn't' want it to end. I want more like this. Great story and characters. I have read every book she has written and this is my favorite, so far.

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  • Kristen H.
  • 17-01-15

Fun Read

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character would be Ricky, he goes about figuring out his sons, brother and brothers widow in such an interesting way. He seems to be a good dude at heart that wants to make up for his stupid mistakes as an addict.

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  • Maggie
  • 11-12-12

Predictable and lame

What disappointed you about Crown Jewel?

Characters were at most 2 dimensional with money able to buy/solve any plot issues. Difficult research was easily handled by Grace a “young reporter” who seemed to have built an amazing list of contacts and sources which I’m sure most “real” reporters would need a lifetime to acquire.Hero Ricky threw money whenever needed and with Roxy’s keen insight was able reason out/predict the motives behind all other character’s actions.

What do you think your next listen will be?

This was my first Fern Michaels book and I doubt I will try another...

What three words best describe Jack Garrett’s performance?

He did the best he could with the story given.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in the time I spent listening... I don't mind a light read but, I found this one way too predictable and unbelievable. The author tells vs shows motivations for characters. Think of an old style romance without much romance.

Any additional comments?

I think I must have bought this on sale a while ago - I wouldn't really recommend it - even as a beach read.