Title: The Curiosity Keeper
Genre: Historical Romance
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Publisher: Thomas Nelson, July 7, 2015(preorder available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: Chaste kiss
Description from Amazon.com:
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.
Well…not so much passion, but certainly a slow building affection that becomes more and more romantic. Eventually binding Camille and Jonathan, this closeness will see Jonathan as Camille’s protector.
I enjoyed this novel. It is part suspense, part mystery and part romance and Ms. Ladd gives us all three with some surprises thrown in also. This is sold by Harper Collins Christian so there is no sex which is welcome to some readers. The extent of physical interaction is a kiss. There are nice characters, there are not so nice characters and then there are really down and dirty characters. This makes for some interesting interactions in the book.
This is a charming, story with some angst and I recommend it to those who want their romance on the sweet side.
(I thought the cover of this book was especially pretty. What do you think?)