A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Litfuse Publicity Group. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Published by Thomas Nelson on July 7th 2015
Source: Litfuse Publicity Group
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance
Suggested Age: 14+: Some non-graphic violence
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.
This was a fantastic start to the Treasures of Surrey series by historical fiction author, Sarah Ladd. The cover of this book is absolutely stunning and if you picked it up based solely for the cover, you’re not going to be disappointed as the story is just as good!
Camille, as a character is a strong character who is very self-reliant and has some difficulty in letting others extend a hand of friendship. However, when an act of violence forces her into hiding, she must learn to swallow her pride and allow a new friend to come to her defense.
This book is an exciting tale of love and adventure that will keep you turning the pages until the very end! I look forward to the next installment in this series.