Friday, July 24, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd

"Camille Iverness met the big man's gaze. Bravely. Boldly. She would not be bullied or manipulated. Not in her own shop." Opening paragraph.

Synopsis:  “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.

Review by Mirella Patzer
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Author Sarah Ladd mixes mystery with a sweet Regency romance in this fascinating story about a young woman who owns a curiosity shop. The book is filled with interesting characters, several of which have a strong interest in collecting old antiquities or curiosities. At the heart of the plot is a mysterious stolen ruby. Theft, robbery, a stabbing, a plague of Scarlet fever, a magnificent mansion, and compelling protaganists and antagonists made for an excellent read. This is definitely a book for women with a stunning cover and intricate plot. A lovely romantic cozy mystery set in the popular Regency era. A nice easy read!

Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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