Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper - Treasures of Surrey Novel 1 - by Sarah E. Ladd

About the book:
The Curiosity Keeper
(Thomas Nelson, July 2015)

"It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail's egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it."

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She's done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother's death made him heir just as his father's foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession---a ruby called the Bevoy---can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop---and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

My review:
This was a wonderful story set in one of my favorite time periods!  I found the idea of working in a curiosity shop to be fascinating.  I'd love to explore all of the wonderful treasures.  I admired Camille and her courage to not only deal with some rough people at the shop, but to make a new way for herself and stand up for what she believed.  I also really liked Jonathan and how much he cared about people.  He was an amazing person and very unlike his father and sister.  The plot was interesting and exciting and I couldn't wait to see what would happen next.  There's a Scripture reference quoted about all things working together for good to them that love God and I liked how Camille came to see that in her own life.  It's hard when you're going through difficult things to think that good can come out of it and this was a good reminder.  There's a little bit more to the faith element in the story, but it was fairly light overall.  There's a little bit of romance and it moved quickly.  I would highly recommend this if you like historical fiction, especially regency.

I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.

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