Wednesday, July 29, 2015

"The Curiosity Keeper" by Sarah E. Ladd

About this book:

  ““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.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Treasures of Surrey” series.

Spiritual Content- Romans 8:28 is read & quoted twice; Mentions of those in the Bible; Church going; At the beginning, Camille has a hard time believing that good happens to those who love the Lord;
*Note: A couple mentions of the devil; The Bevoy is rumored to bless or curse whoever has it.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blasted’, a ‘dash it all’, an ‘Egad’, five ‘what/who/where/how in blazes’; Curses are said not written; A bit of sarcasm; Knives, blades, blood & pain (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of drinking (& drinking wine), drunks & taverns; Mentions of smoking & tobacco.
               *Note: “The impropriety of the act was d*mning.”.

Sexual Content- a forehead kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, a semi-detailed kiss, and a detailed kiss; Touches & Embraces (semi-detailed); Noticing & Staring; a ‘trollop’; Mentions of keeping the sexes separate at a school; A mention of how a man can get a woman to talk; Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Camille Iverness
-Jonathan Gilchrist
                                         P.O.V. switches between them.
                                              Set in 1812
                                                        334 pages

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Older High School Teens-
My personal Rating- 
I haven’t had the best of luck with Regency books, most I’ve read have quite a bit of Sexual Content. While “The Curiosity Keeper” was decent in that regard (somewhat), it was really lacking in the Spiritual Content. I most likely will finish this series, though, as the rest comes out. :)

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Thomas Nelson) through Litfuse Publicity Group for this review.

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