M’s drunk rrevoew of The Jewel Thief by Jeannie Mobley
What I Drank Prior: Hilarious story, but Our lovely, wonderful realtor insisted on a small party at our place & he has the best taste in wine—four bottles + some box wine.
A lush, slow-burn romance set in 17th century France, and centered around the broken history of the Hope Diamond– the high-society intrigue of Richelle Mead’s Glittering Court series meets the romance of Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza.
In the depths of the Bastille, sixteen-year-old Juliet Pitau sits cold and filthy in her cell. Charged with stealing what has come to be known as the Hope Diamond from King Louis XIV, she has one final chance to convince the King that her motives were pure. If she fails, this night may be her last. Recording her confession is Rene, a scribe for the king and the man she loves. But Rene won’t even look her way, let alone begin to forgive her for her betrayal of him.
Before Juliet was imprisoned, she was the daughter of the finest gem cutter in all of Paris. The young King Louis XIV hand-selected Jean Pitau to be his crown jeweler, the only man who could make him shine like the sun. When Louis purchases the Tavernier Violet, a large, deep-blue diamond the likes of which the French court has never seen, Jean is tasked with turning it brilliant. But Juliet’s father has never cut a diamond quite like this–and shaping it is risky business. While Jean spirals into depression, Juliet takes it upon herself to have the diamond cut for the King. But with every misstep, she brings her family closer to ruin, and closer to probable death at morning’s light once Louis casts his sentence.
My Spoiler-free Overview: Jeweler’s daughter Juliette Pitau is tasked with an insurmountable challenge—bring the sun to the night in the form of a jewel fit for the Sun King in 17th century France—and prove she didn’t steal the jewel along the way. And win back the heart of her true love who is above her class in the meantime.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I was all about this slow(ish) burn romance/historical fic mystery. Our MC may be somewhat frustrating, but I got where she was coming from and her SO is super sweet (though like in the time period it takes place).
What I Loved: The romance portion. Renè and Juliette’s love was so pure and adorable, I fell in love immediately. Interestingly, I do feel like this toes the line of insta-love, but because of the books set-up, u don’t feel like it is. Again, considering the time period, but the romance was fairly progressive. Also loved the Jewish family—they were precious and fuck people who are anti-Semitic, past and present.
What I Liked: I definitely felt like I was in 17th C France. The descriptions of the time were rich and the relationships—though on the progressive side—felt realistic. And that’s like the best part about historical fiction, imnsho. Like is strong, but I feel like I also got the creepy crawlies in all the right parts.
What I Disliked: I did not love the events that set this all in motion. I feel like her father was kinda a dick, even though I get the circumstances to a certain point. Doesn’t make me like him any more though. I appreciated it that there was (somewhat) of a redemption arc, but it was skill kinda shitty and a lot of it was his fault.
And fuck Andre—that dude is the worst. Even thought, see first point.
TL;DR: Would 100% recommend for historical fiction and soft-core romance lovers.
Pairing: Wirh this imma go with a dessert white wine, preferably with lavender… it helps that I have this specific wine on my shelf right now
Rating: 4/5 shots