“She so wanted to be able to trust the man. But in a world where nothing was as it seemed, she feared she could not even trust her own heart.”
From the Publisher:
“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 haven’t read a good regency like this since Julie Klassen‘s book, The Secret of Pembrooke Park, was released!
This is the first book by Sarah Ladd that I have ever read and I must say that I am incredibly impressed with her writing style. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time and left me guessing. It provided many plot twists throughout and the ending was totally unpredictable! Full of dark secrets and mystery, The Curiosity Keeper possesses a Dickens and Brontë flair with its suspenseful storyline woven into a perfect romance.
I loved the heroine of this story because I thought she was perfectly crafted. Camille Iverness is an admirable heroine who is strong, independent, and courageous. She fights her way through the trials that life puts her way and isn’t afraid to stand up for herself. It’s not often that you find female heroines like her – especially in historical fiction.
As much as Jonathan Gilchrist’s sister, Penelope, made me cringe, I really hope she gets her own story. There must be a reason behind those snobbery and the airs she creates for herself. Once you read it, you will want to know her story too!
The Curiosity Keeper releases July 7th, 2015 so be sure to pre-order it now or buy it when it appears on shelves at your favorite book store!
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If you are a fan of the Brontë women or Charles Dickens, this is definitely a story you will like! It’s full of suspense, mystery, and dark secrets!
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*I received this book from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thank you, Netgalley and Thomas Nelson for the privilege to review this book! *
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