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Published by Harpercollins Christian Pub on July 7th 2015
Genres: Christian, Fiction, Historical, Regency, Romance
“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 whomever 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 on Blinkett Street. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille has no choice but to accept help from the mysterious stranger who came to her aid.Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content working as a 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 or may not be the answer to his questions.Curious circumstance throws them together, and an intricate dance of need and suspicion leads the couple from the seedy backwaters of London to the elite neighborhoods of the wealthy to the lush, green Surrey countryside—all in the pursuit of a blood-red gem that collectors will sacrifice anything to possess.Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, each will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.
Camille Iverness spends her days tending to her father’s less than reputable curiosity shop, a place which sells odds and ends of an exotic and interesting nature. Living in a notoriously dangerous area of London, it looks as if Camille’s life will remain unchanged, at least in the ways of her hope for happiness. Soon, however, Camille’s life is turned upside down when she finds herself in a middle of a scheme which possibly involves her own father and a mysterious, but stolen ruby known as the Bevoy belonging to the Gilchrist family. Johnathan Gilchrist, the second son and now heir of his family’s estate, is determined to get it back.
One would think Camille would know more about the secret dealings of her own father, but instead she is kept in the dark about her father’s real intentions and his real motivations. There is an even bigger deception that will shatter her later in the story which I think most people could never recover from. Her strength and sense of self-worth is admirable. I adored her smart, strong-even-when-weak attitude. She deserves nothing less than happiness.
Johnathan Gilchrist was also admirable. Being a second son, he had more freedom to do as he pleased, but received less attention and love from his father. Always compared to his deceased, more adventurous, celebrated brother, Johnathan attempts to repair and keep the estate afloat by finding the stolen Bevoy. I wasn’t really expecting the choice he made at the end, it wasn’t a hard one for him, but no doubt many would have chosen otherwise.
Sarah E. Ladd is a favorite author of mine, so of course I wanted to read this book immediately. I liked The Curiosity Keeper, but there was just something missing that didn’t catch me the same way her other books did. It may have been because I recently read a different book dealing with a mysterious jewel and all things that usually go along with greed, betrayal, and the like. Although, it wasn’t anything too different, The Curiosity Keeper is a great beginning to a new series. I can’t wait to see what exactly the next installment will be about.