For summer reading, Jamie Brenner has become one of my favorite writers. Gilt features three strong women of the Pavlin family, their jewelry empire, their complicated history, and the “cursed” Electric Rose Diamond. This fun story takes us from the city streets of Manhattan to the beaches of Provincetown with rich description that leaves the reader feeling as if they’ve just returned from vacation and can’t wait to go back!
— Laura B.
A luxurious and richly compelling new novel from the bestselling author of Blush, about a famous family jewelry dynasty and the hidden past that could topple it all.
One perfect diamond is all it takes to divide a family. Could one summer be enough to fix it?
The Pavlin family built an empire on love. As the first jewelers to sell diamond rings exclusively for proposals, they started a tradition that has defined engagements ever since. But when an ill-fated publicity stunt pits the three Pavlin sisters against one another for a famous family jewel, their bond is broken. No ordinary diamond ring, the Electric Rose splinters the sisters, leaving one unlucky in love, one escaping to the shores of Cape Cod, and the other, ultimately, dead.
Now, over a decade later, Gemma Maybrook is still reconciling the reality of her mother's death. Left orphaned and cast out by her family after the tragic accident, Gemma is ready to reclaim what should have been hers: the Electric Rose. And, as a budding jewelry designer in her own right, Gemma isn't just planning on recovering her mother's lost memento, she's coming back for everything.
From Manhattan’s tony Fifth Avenue to the vibrant sands of Provincetown, Gilt follows the Pavlin women as they are forced to confront the mistakes of the past if they have any hope of finding love and happiness of their own.
About the Author
Jamie Brenner is the author of six novels, including Blush and The Forever Summer. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia on a steady diet of Jackie Collins and Judith Krantz novels, and later moved to New York City to live like the heroines of her favorite books. Jamie now divides her time between Philadelphia and Provincetown.
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"Somehow Jamie Brenner launches a new, captivating beach read every single summer centered on a different location." —GMA.com
"Brenner shines in this tale about the women behind a Manhattan jewelry empire....Brenner shows great skill at describing fine jewelry and the workings of the industry, and makes all of her characters engaging. This beach read sparkles like a two-carat diamond." —Publishers Weekly
"A story of family, healing, and the power of a really great accessory." —Kirkus Reviews
"I don't know how she does it. Jamie Brenner cranks out a new book every summer, each one more engrossing than the last." —Zibby Owens, Katie Couric Media
"I completely lost myself in Brenner’s blissful, heartfelt novel, centered around a family curse and a luscious pink diamond. A joyous story about shifting family dynamics, self-discovery and the power of forgiveness. The perfect summer read." —Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author of The Magnolia Palace
“One woman’s quest to find her way in the world and reclaim her rightful place in the family—and famed jewelry company—that left her behind sets the stage for Jamie Brenner’s latest, delectable read. Family drama, summer love, and one fabulous piece of jewelry combine to create a delicious page-turner that I positively could not put down. Brenner’s perfect pacing and prose shine as brightly as the diamond at her novel’s center—and cement her status as a standout voice in fiction. I am a huge Jamie Brenner fan, and Gilt is her best novel yet.” –Kristy Woodson Harvey, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Veil
“A summer sparkler about diamonds, revenge, family heirlooms, but—at its heart—the one thing we all desire most: Love. Gilt is a gem.” —Viola Shipman, USA Today bestselling author of The Edge of Summer
“Gilt is a dazzling page-turner. Family intrigue, sparkling gems, long-buried secrets, juicy twists and turns…what more could you ask for in a novel? Jamie Brenner is my go-to author for my beach bag!” –Elyssa Friedland, author of Last Summer at the Golden Hotel