Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper - Book Review

The Curiosity Keeper – Book #1 Treasures of Surrey Series
Sarah E. Ladd
{Christian Historical Fiction}
The Curiosity Keeper - eBook  -     By: Sarah E. Ladd
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•°• Suspenseful •°•

I really enjoyed the suspenseful nature of this book.  It is set in the seedier parts of London, and the relaxing countryside of Surrey in the early 1800s.
Camille Inverness is young woman who has been used by her family to serve their purposes, but she is not aware that’s what happened to her.  She has grown up feeling abandoned by her mother and isolated from a father whose sole purpose is gaining more money.  She has no friends, except her dog and cat, and knows none of her neighbors.  She works in her father’s curiosity shop, and has developed a keen eye for collectibles.
Jonathan Gilchrist is so tender-hearted.  He is patient and really drawn to Camille, through a very unusual turn of events.  I loved the danger and suspenseful nature of the story, and the care Jonathan took with Camille.  The book description does a good job of going into greater detail, so I won’t repeat all of that.
The story lends itself to showing what can happen to our lives and the lives of family members based on the choices we make and the justifications we tell ourselves.  In the end, some will learn from those mistakes.  Some will not.  There is a light sprinkling of faith in this book as well.
I was sent an uncorrected proof/advance reader’s copy by the publisher. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I give it a 4 star rating.  Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend.

© 2015 Thomas Nelson Pub.
342 pages
Read: 5/11&5/12/2015

Reviewed: 5/19/2015
Release Date: 07/07/2015

Publisher's Description

"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.


  1. Sounds like it might be good if the detail description aren't too lengthy to be boring. When is this book suppose to be out?

    1. Hi Tonia! Nice to hear from you. I did not find the descriptions too long and boring at all. The release date is 7/7/2015. I included the link under the photo :)
      Have a blessed day and thanks for stopping by!