Born into two different classes, James and Camille shouldn't even know each other. But when the pursuit of a missing ruby brings them together, much more than a mere acquaintance is ignited.
The daughter of a curiosity shop owner, Camille would never be considered a lady. Nor does she want to be. With a fiery personality, she dreams of adventures far beyond the walls of her family's modest business. But when her father thrusts a mysterious box into her hands and disappears, her whole world - dreams and all - shifts.
James is an apothecary tending to the health needs of the town of Bentworth. His father, a well-known explorer and collector, is quite wealthy from the spoils of his adventures until one risky gamble and a stolen gem leave him on the edge of ruin. Seeking his father's approval, James picks up the hunt for the stolen ruby, leading him to the door of Camille's curiosity shop.
With both of their lives in danger as the ruby remains at large, James squires Camille away to the Bentworth School, believing that would be the last place her pursuers would look for her. They both find their hearts and dreams heading in a new direction, but before they are free to embrace their future, they must solve the mystery looming around them. The more they uncover, however, the harder it becomes to know whom to trust. And they begin to realize that recovering the ruby may require a great sacrifice: their newfound love and maybe even their lives.
©2015 Sarah Ladd (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers
I enjoyed the story line with a curiosity shop as the backdrop. I longed for more Spiritual meditations or conversations between the characters and God, the struggle of Faith in the midst of difficult circumstances. I liked the reader's ability to make the story real. However, I had difficulty keeping pace with her. I felt she read too fast, smoothly, but too quickly throughout the piece.
I haven't read the print version, I only listened to the audio version.
The narrator did a great job with the voices and I liked the thread of mystery that was in the story.
Danger and romance follow Camille Iverness in this mysterious regency tale.
I enjoyed this story.
Enjoyable, good book, clean.
Clean romance with a little bit of adventure
No, not really. I kept getting the different characters confused. Her fast paced reading didn't help.
Probably not, the writing wasn't necessarily bad, but it felt a touch forced and obvious in places. The opportunities for depth of character are lost to language I've read a hundred times in a hundred books. That combined with the narrators self-evident presence leaves the whole thing feeling a bit like a middle school play. Not bad... but not of much quality.
"Couldn't get into this."
I would try another and I might try this one again.
No definitely not, maybe I need to listen to it at another time.
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