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The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd
“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.
I really enjoyed reading “The Curiosity Keeper”, an English period piece by Sarah E. Ladd. It was beautifully written were in my imagination I could see the scenery that surrounds Blinkett Street in London, Kettering Hall and Fellsworth School. The story kept my attention and there were a few plot twists that kept me guessing.
As usual I love historical fiction. This is the first book I’ve read from Sarah E Ladd. So I am glad to now add her to the “author’s I like” list. I do look forward to reading more from her. I think the character development was well done and realistically as well. Camille’s quick relationship with Jonathan was not uncommon with some relationships in those days. Also watching the relationship between Jonathan and his father go through their ups and downs and the healing that begun to take place was very intriguing.
It was a quick read for me.
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