From Publishers Weekly
Veryan's fluid prose and skill at plot development again distinguish this fourth volume in the Tales of the Jewelled Men series, set in Georgian England. Washed ashore in the South of England, Jonathan awakens with amnesia except for the memory of a deed for which he must do lifelong penance. Though it's obvious from his speech and demeanor that he is an educated man, he is called Crazy Jack by most of the residents of the Cornwall village and is scorned and beaten by its unemployed miners. Only a few people befriend him: Widow Newlyn, a suspected witch, one-handed Noah Holsworth, who gives him work, and Jennifer Britewell, the the local schoolteacher (and daughter of the local patrician landowner). Jonathan secretly loves Jennifer, who is being harassed by Lord Hibbard Green, a hateful man who seeks her hand in marriage because he covets the Blue Rose Tin Mine on her father's property. As Jonathan's protection helps Jennifer rebuff Green and her growing attraction to him helps Jonathan slowly recover his memory, the two find themselves caught up with the League of Jewelled Men, who have been accused of a treasonable conspiracy against the British government. Veryan's attention to historical details enlivens a colorful romantic tale.
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In this fourth volume of the Tales of the Jewelled Men series, Veryan sets the scene in a woeful village in Cornwall. Here Jonathan, perceived as the village idiot for his refusal to raise a hand in self-defense and his spells of forgetfulness that impel him into manic activity, falls madly in love with the schoolmarm, who happens to be the lady from the castle. August Falcon and Lieutenant Morris arrive on the scene in pursuit of the Jewelled Men (highly placed conspirators against the Crown of England). Jonathan is called upon to help track down evidence and in doing so regains his identity, for, it seems, he was also a victim of these evil conspirators. Veryan outdoes herself in creating a complete work of fiction that is also a spellbinding piece within the whole series. Denise Perry Donavin