The Curiosity Keeper

Ladd, Sarah E. The Curiosity Keeper: A Treasures Of Surrey Novel. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, inc. 2015.

SUMMARY:
curiositySet in England, in the early 1800’s, Camille Iverness works in her father’s Curiosity Shop as a bookkeeper and clerk. Caught in the middle of a mystery regarding the Bevoy (a ruby rumored to bless or curse the possessor), Camille must make difficult choices concerning her family, loyalty, possessions, trust and the handsome apothecary, John Gilchrist. Full of suspense, adventure, secrets, and romance written in high-quality, fast-paced style, The Curiosity Keeper delivers.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Having read all of Sarah Ladd’s previous novels, The Whispers On The Moors series, I waited (not so patiently) for her newest novel, The Curiosity Keeper, to become available. Loving the Regency genre of fiction as well as this favorite author, this book was perfect for me. The interesting tidbits of history surrounding the area and shop, coupled with the mystery of the Bevoy, made for a quick read well past bedtime. My favorite part? Tevy, the large dog involved in the story with a personality all his own! I already look forward to the next book in the series which I hope is in progress now (right, Ms. Ladd?)!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Curiosity Keeper from BookLook Bloggers for my honest review*

The Heiress of Winterwood

Ladd, Sarah. The Heiress of Winterwood. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc. 2013.

SUMMARY:
winterwoodAmelia Barrett made a promise upon her friend’s deathbed to take care of her baby, Lucy, as her very own. As heiress to the Winterwood estate upon marriage, Amelia finds herself betrothed to Edward Littleton, a man whose character is different than originally portrayed and who refuses to allow Lucy to stay. Upon Captain Graham Sterling’s return from sea, Amelia must explain his wife’s passing, introduce him to his daughter and make quick plans to ensure her bond with Lucy remains. Through many twists and turns, friends and foes, lies and loves, Amelia and Graham must learn to work together for a chance at their happily-ever-after.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
This book was outstanding, even more so as it was Sarah Ladd’s debut novel. The characters, faith, time frame (Darbury, England: 1814), writing style, word choice and story line all kept me fully engaged until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from start to finish…I was only disappointed when I read the last page! Fortunately, I have the sequel, The Headmistress of Rosemere, on my shelf to read next. Bravo!!

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies