Adult Contemporary Romance
Published by Omnific Publishing
Fender Barnes profits from an institution he doesn’t believe in: marriage. He’s a talented designer, but a reluctant jewelry store owner, thanks to his pop’s retirement. He’s cynical, he’s jaded, he’s not entirely certain about the concept of love, but he’s happy to sell an eager young guy an engagement ring for his fiancée to be—until moments after the transaction when that eager guy is hit by a car and killed, and Fender’s conscience pays a rare visit.
He retrieves the ring and decides to find the woman his customer intended to marry. That woman turns out to be Ginger Stevens, twenty-something ski instructor, who—despite being full of guilt and self-doubt after the death of her boyfriend—is someone Fender finds he quite enjoys being around. He’s smitten.
Which is all well and good, except that after he meets her, Fender can’t do it. Though it’s right there in his pocket, he can’t tell her about the ring. Instead, he embarks on a long, ridiculous quest to find a way to tell her the truth he knows she deserves. Aided by advice from Pop and the antics of his best friend Sam, Fender tries desperately to juggle his budding romance with the reality he knows could ruin it.
Will he find love or foul it up? Can Ginger move out of the past to embrace what the future has to offer? Meet this unlikely pair in Beck Anderson’s heartfelt and fabulously funny second novel, The Jeweler.
Beck Anderson loves to write about love and its power to heal and grow people past their many imperfections. She is a firm believer in the phrase “mistakes are for learning” and uses it frequently to guide her in writing life and real life.
Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.
The Jeweler is filled with all kinds of kismet and hilarity – it is a fun and enchanting read. Fender and Ginger’s romance is not your typical romance book. It’s filled with heartache, plot twists but it’s definitely worth checking out.
The romantic hero, Fender is a bit of a pessimist. In some books that might not be charming but with Fender it is. He was quirky and rude but I thought he was hilarious. I loved him. His misadventures with this ring and Ginger made me laugh out loud.
The story is balanced out with Ginger, who is dealing with a major loss in her life. Except her story isn’t amusing. She is lost and unbalanced with the sudden change in her world. The Jeweler is just as much about her recovery and finding herself as it is about Fender realizing he deserves love.
Beck Anderson wrote a terrific story about interesting characters and it’s awesome. She was a new to me author and thanks to The Jeweler, I look forward to reading more from her in the future. Definitely check out her book.