“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.
Besides reading historical western fiction novels, I LOVE,LOVE reading a very good regency novel.
Ever since reading this author’s first book, “The Heiress of Winterwood”, I’ve been following her writing ever since.
When I first started reading this novel, I was immediately drawn into its pages. This novel had a nice ring of regency throughout the story.
I can truly say that this novel is a very different twist from her former books which in itself is very refreshing. Just knowing that her novels will have a different twist to her writing every time that I read her novels makes me very excited.
It was good to read about the two main characters which was most engaging. The only downside is that there were some parts in the story that seemed to lag just a little bit to me.
The book cover is so awesome! It is also a big change because I noticed with her other book covers the heroine doesn’t show her face. There are times I do like seeing the heroine or hero’s face on the book cover even though sometimes the illustration is far off from what is described in the novel.
The Curiosity Keeper was a novel with a good combination of romance,mystery,and intrigue! I can’t wait to see what else this author has in store!
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