“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.
I thoroughly loved this author's first series and was quite excited to start into this new one! This author has the beautiful ability to completely sweep her readers away to another time and place. I was totally engrossed in the story the entire time and it felt like I really was in the English countryside. She also did an amazing job with the mystery aspect and kept me guessing until the very end.
I loved both Camille and Jonathan! I admired the way Jonathan didn't let the fact that he was now his father's heir change him in any way, and how he never viewed himself as “above” others despite being of the upper class. And I was impressed with Camille's independence and the strength she displayed in face of all that she had endured. I would have enjoyed having a little more romance between them since they didn't really spend too much time together but it was enough that it was believable, I just wanted a little more.
The other characters were well-written as well whether they were good, evil, or somewhere in between! I enjoyed this whole book immensely and would definitely recommend to any fans of the regency era!
Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing husband, sweet daughter, and spunky Golden Retriever. Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor
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