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: I really enjoyed this book. I've read a few of Sarah Ladd's books so I know what to expect. This is the first in the Treasures of Surrey series.
One thing that I would like to see though is more for us to connect with the main characters. Both Camille and Jonathan have had lives enough to draw out some real empathy from the readers but their histories are discussed quickly and we're never in their heads long enough to relate.
Although I never collect fully with the female characters (empathize, wait with anticipation for such and such to happen) the stories are nicely written and the step back in time is accurate. I love the Regency Era a finding clean fiction set in that time period is a nice touch. Nicely done.
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