Title: The Jewel Tree
Author: Lee Summers
At the heart of THE JEWEL TREE is an heirloom so precious that the last remaining members of the Ryder family will do almost anything to keep it in their possession.
But how long should a young girl work to earn back the emblem of her mother’s soul? And is any task to menial?
When Leda sees the hummingbird charm dangling from wealthy Lord Caitiff’s shriveled earlobe, she swears she will labor a year and a day to reclaim it. She is prepared to do whatever the old man asks–until the day he asks too much.
In a world of dark curses and ancient grudges, Leda and her handsome young uncle are sometimes hard pressed to distinguish between appearance and reality. Not all that glitters is gold–and gold is never worth more than flesh and blood. This mini-novel about the redemptive power of love will delight readers who appreciate a little magic in their lives.
After Leda finds out the hummingbird, the star jewel of her family’s precious tree, has been sold, she will do whatever it takes to win it back. As the story progresses, she changes and learns that material things are not the only thing that matters in the world.
This is a story that shows just how the power of love can conquer all evil. Usually, I hate happy endings where everything is perfectly wrapped up but with this story, it worked so beautifully that I applaud the author. A short read but definitely worth the time!