Authors like Julie Klassen and Sarah Ladd have made me a fan of regency romances. With The Curiosity Keeper, Sarah is starting a new series — this one focuses on the working class of early 1800s England. I ADORED this novel.
The Curiosity Keeper is a Regency novel with hints of a developing romance and a mystery that propels the story forward. I really enjoyed the added mix of mystery that was much stronger than in other books by this author. The heroine finds herself thrust out of her home — through no real fault of her own — and her world turned upside down. But for the kindness of the hero and the need for information his family believes she holds, she’d be on the streets. Instead she gets to attempt to recreate her life outside London. The journey is filled with twists, turns, interesting characters, and a search for the truth. If you love Jane Austen era England and a romance with a mystery, then this is the perfect book for you!
The Curiosity Keeper is a delightful mix of adventure, mystery and romance. Throughout the pages, it seems Camille can never escape her father’s hold. At the same time, Jonathan needs to uncover a relationship with his. Add in a host of interesting secondary characters, a mystery that clips along, and you have the recipe for a Regency novel I couldn’t put down.
I liked it so much I’m giving away a copy, so be sure to scroll to the bottom to enter.
The Curiosity Keeper (Thomas Nelson, July 2015)
“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.