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Publisher's Summary

The first book in the beloved Regency romance series, The Treasure of Surrey. 

“Regency romantic suspense at its page-turning best.” -- RT Book Reviews   

“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.   

“An engaging Regency with a richly detailed setting and an unpredictable suspenseful plot.” -- Library Journal   

“A delightful read, rich with period details.” -- Sarah M. Eden, best-selling author of For Elise  

©2015 Sarah Ladd (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers

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Many Faceted Historical Romance

A lovely story with fully developed characters, some danger, a mystery, and a very sweet romance.

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Great book

I enjoyed the mystery and the wholesomeness of this book. Nice sweet read. Another great book by Sarah Ladd.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Swept Along

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.

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Enjoyable!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Curiosity Keeper to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, I only listened to the audio version.

What did you like best about this story?

The narrator did a great job with the voices and I liked the thread of mystery that was in the story.

Which character – as performed by Jude Mason – was your favorite?

Camille

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Danger and romance follow Camille Iverness in this mysterious regency tale.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this story.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A bit slow...

Any additional comments?

I thought this book was a bit too slow and predictable. It was a nice, easy, slow listen. The reader was fine.

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Good book, but read at too fast of pace.

If you could sum up The Curiosity Keeper in three words, what would they be?

Enjoyable, good book, clean.

What did you like best about this story?

Clean romance with a little bit of adventure

Did Jude Mason do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

No, not really. I kept getting the different characters confused. Her fast paced reading didn't help.

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Light, Enjoyable Read

If you could sum up The Curiosity Keeper in three words, what would they be?

I always come away feeling happy and content from Ladd's books. They light, enjoyable reads that are interesting, even exciting, without being scary or even make me think very hard.

I was blessed to get this as part of my audible trial. The narrator was perfect. It was always easy to tell who was talking and the emotion of the scene. I can't wait to read more by this author and maybe even get the other audiobooks.

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Great story.

The characters are believable and interesting. The story was not overly predictable. I enjoyed the discriptions.

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Another great read by Sarah Ladd!

I enjoyed every moment. The plot was nice pand kept me guessing. Good historical details.

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Couldn't put it down

What did you love best about The Curiosity Keeper?

Of course, the ending but I can't share that with you. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times but different things happened.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Curiosity Keeper?

Camille's character was consistent throughout the book. I really appreciate that from the author. Even though I wasn't sure what she would do in each situation she always was true to her character as it had been introduced to the reader.

Have you listened to any of Jude Mason’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I had not listened to Jude Mason previously but will probably look for more performances by this reader. She was able to capture different voices for many of the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At first I was able to listen a little bit at a time but as the book neared the end, I could not put it down.

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  • HelenM
  • 02-21-16

Couldn't get into this.

Would you try another book written by Sarah Ladd or narrated by Jude Mason?

I would try another and I might try this one again.

Has The Curiosity Keeper put you off other books in this genre?

No definitely not, maybe I need to listen to it at another time.