Monday, July 20, 2015
Litfuse Review: The Curiosity Keeper by:Sarah E. Ladd
About the 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 whomever 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 on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.
Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a 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 or may not be the answer to his questions.
Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.
Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.
Camille Iverness doesn’t need anyone to take care of her and she’s proven that time and time again. With her mother gone and her family’s curiosity shop to run, she doesn’t have time to day-dream or dilly-dally. When her father trades for many fancy treasures, she believes they will finally sink completely. But little does she know her life is about to change abruptly.
Jonathan Gilchrist is to inherit Kettering Hall, whether he likes it our not. His dream is to be a village apothecary and nothing more, but his brother’s death changes that completely. Jonathan feels he must help his family in any way possible. So when, his father calls on him to find a stolen ruby, he is lead to a small curiosity shop. Where he finds a pretty girl in a whole lot of trouble.
Camille finds herself thrown into a whirlwind of trouble with only a stranger to help. As everyone races to find the expensive gem, Jonathan and Camille protect all they love, if they expect to make it out in one piece.
The Curiosity Keeper is book one in the Treasures of Surrey series. I love Sarah E Ladd’s books. I’ve read every single one and loved them all. I’m so excited she is beginning another series and I had a chance to read this book. I can’t wait to read another!
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse.