Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Book Review: "The Curiosity Keeper," by Sarah E. Ladd
About this book:
"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.
I loved Camille’s character. She came from a home where she received no love, and yet she kept fighting for what she felt was right and dreaming of a place where she’d be loved and accepted. I also loved Jonathan because he was a gentle soul, who cared more about helping people than gathering riches. Both Camille and Jonathan were drawn into the mystery of the Bevoy’s disappearance against their will and only wanted to find it so they could get on with their lives. Although I had guessed the Bevoy’s location before it was revealed, the consequences of its discovery were still a surprise to me. This is a must-read for fans of historical fiction and well-written suspense tales.
About the Author:
Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, The Headmistress of Rosemere (2013), was on the ECPA bestseller list for several months. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever.
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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.