The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1) by Sarah E. Ladd

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)

“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 acce...

Details The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)

TitleThe Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)
Release DateJul 7th, 2015
PublisherThomas Nelson
Number of pages337 pages
GenreHistorical Fiction, Romance, Christian Fiction, Historical, Regency, Christian, Mystery, Historical Romance

Reviews The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)

  • Hannah
    A delightful, mysterious tale of a young woman who is forced by circumstances to step out of her familiar life and deal with the emotions of having her world turned upside-down. The story would be great for all ages; it vaguely reminded me of a Wilkie Collins-type plot, without the wordiness he employed. The characters were delightful, and the story is interesting from page one to the end. It's definitely Ladd's best work to date.It's also full o...
  • Staci
    Enjoyable. That is the best way to describe The Curiosity Keeper. Reading this novel gave me the feeling of curing up on the couch with quilt on my lap, fire going in the fireplace and a novel keeping me engaged. I simply felt GOOD while reading this novel.The combination of Regency and Mystery were a home run. Details of the era were beautifully woven into the novel. The mystery was believable and although I figured out pieces of it, there was o...
  • Brittany
    I enjoy taking a break from my busy life and diving into a time period very unlike my own. This is one of the things about regency era fiction that I find so enjoyable. The story and situations are a bit slower paced, and the behavior expectations for both men and especially toward women are very high. Throw in some mystery or suspense and I’m a happy reader.That is the case in The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd. I really enjoyed this trip b...
  • Sarah
    The characters in this book were immediately relatable. It’s actually kinda hard for me to put into words; almost immediately I felt like I knew these people. It can’t be summed up in saying that the author does a great job in giving her characters both vices and virtues. She does, yet there’s an element to these characters that make them feel real to me. Almost as soon as I started reading, I felt like I could have met these people on the ...
  • Savanna Kaiser
    As soon as I started this book, I knew I’d made a new friend. I settled into the story with a contented sigh and watched the pages fly by way too quickly. I always enjoy Regency books, but this one I won’t easily forget. Needless to say, I’ve discovered a new favorite author.There were so many strengths to it, honestly, I don’t know where to begin. The various settings and landscapes, of course, were very colorful. They came alive in ever...
  • Virginia
    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 ...
  • Katherine
    3.5 out of 5 starsA gentle historical romance. And I will have to say that even though this is marked as Christian fiction, there is very little talk of scripture and no Bible-thumping, so that's a plus (at least for me, anyways!!)I thought the male love interest was a little too perfect for my taste but he and Camille are absolutely perfect together.Full review coming soon!!!
  • Kellyn Roth
    Originally posted on the January 2017 Mini Review postThis was a pretty good novel. It wasn't my favorite of all the Regency romances I've read, but it was enjoyable, the characters were realistic, and the setting was charming, and it was pretty original. At times, I was wrapped up in it (my status updates mostly involved screaming ... sorry, Goodreads friends!).I found the ending to be a little unsettling. Why? Well, I can't tell you that! It wa...
  • Angie
    3 starsMany thanks to Goodreads and the FirstReads program for providing me with a copy to read in exchange for my honest review!!A nice, easy, clean read. I liked the characters, but I just never seemed to really connect with them on a personal level. I had no trouble getting into the book though, and wanted to keep reading to see what would happen next. They writing was pretty good, but here again I just felt a little something lacking. It neve...
  • Cara Putman
    The Curiosity Keeper is a Regency novel with hints of a developing romance and a mystery that propels the story forward. I really enjoyed the added mix of mystery that was much stronger than in other books by this author. The heroine finds herself thrust out of her home -- through no real fault of her own -- and her world turned upside down. But for the kindness of the hero and the need for information his family believes she holds, she'd be on t...
  • writer...
    I enjoyed the audio version re-read of this Regency novel from a fav author. Narrator Jude Mason admirably accented and characterized, keeping the authenticity of the era and story. Feb 7. 2017Brilliant beginning to the Treasures of Surrey series. I've had a fabulous day of High Summer ReadaThon, discovering the solution to this captivating Regency mystery novel. Looking forward to more of Ms Ladd's writing... a wonderful win from Kav's Best Read...
  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
    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 n...
  • Jerry
    A great historical romance, with plenty of British charm.
  • Jamie
    Okay, so blame this analogy on the fact that this month I'm deprived of all my sports, so I'm left with baseball. I've enjoyed all of the previous books I've read of Sarah E. Ladd, but I have to say The Curiosity Keeper, knocked it out of the park. I absolutely loved it!What a book to kick off her latest series! I enjoyed this book from the first page until the last. I didn’t want it to end and this will be one I re-read in the future and makes...
  • Anameeka
    I like romance, historical fiction, Regency England, curios, and apothecaries; so what went wrong? Well, for starters, I was expecting a historical romance. I didn't find it much of a romance, instead it felt like a light suspense. There wasn't much romantic action, just the MCs thinking about each others attractiveness and liking the other, but not really acting upon it. For me, another problem was that I just didn't have that bit of attraction ...
  • Charity Andrews
    Sarah has, AGAIN, hit a home run! In her latest book, there is mystery, intrigue, suspense and LOVE! Camille is working in her father's shop when she is attacked. The thief is in search of something that she knows nothing about. Throughout the book, she learns to fight for herself, has her heart completely smashed and is shown true love. It's quite the story!!The characters are extremely loveable. You want to fight for them individually, as well ...
  • Kristine Morgan
    Sarah Ladd is one of my favorite Regency authors.She has a way of making the time period real and I find myself caught up in another time while reading. The characters are very realistic and well developed. The story is captivating and fast-paced. The Curiosity Keeper is her latest book and it is well worth reading. It is the tale of the search for a fabulous jewel, stolen from an estate that faces insolvency if it is not returned. An heir who ra...
  • Rachel McMillan
    A bright and captivating Austenesque tale---Ladd's first foray into a Northanger Abbey marriage of mystery and romance. One of the strongest regency voices in any literary genre today, Ladd has an interesting microscopic view of the nuances of Regency society-- as well as the ability to craft a readable, pulse-quickening tale. I love small town settings and I felt the world so well populated, it was not unlike being dropped into the midst of the ...
  • Lisa M.
    I actually read book 2 in the series first...but this book seems to stand in its own. Only apparently sharing some minor characters. I enjoyed it although Camille's parents were just too much.
  • Rachel
    See my full review at liked Camille's strength of character. Her life has not been easy but she stays strong and determined through it all. She's courageous, a hard worker, and determined to live a different life than the one she discovers her father has fallen into. Jonathan's character was okay. I liked the fact that he's a gentleman who wouldn't stand by and let Camille get hurt and that he's stood up ...
  • Reet Champion
    Camille Iverness knows she has been dealt some harsh realities in life but she has contented herself with helping her father run his curiosity shop while he is out venturing goodness knows where. She also knows that she isn't exactly safe. That fact is driven home one night when she is attacked by an intruder who ends up injuring her despite the efforts of Jonathan Gilchrist. Before long Camille becomes aware of dark secrets that drives a wedge b...
  • Carissa
    I'm afraid this one was quite the ponderous read. I've heard good things about Sarah Ladd's books, so my expectations were too high. The sentence structure was clunky with too many adverbs and not enough emotional impact. I didn't connect to any of the characters on a heart level, and was relieved when I finished the final chapter. It's bad when the reader knows where the missing jewel is located before we're even 20% into the book and the big re...
  • Shash
    I love Sarah Ladd! She is one of my favorite authors! This book begins a new series, and it was a great start! A ruby, called the Bevoy, has been stolen from Jonathan Gilchrist's father, and he must get it back in order to save the estate from ruin. The answers seem to lead to the shop owned by Camille Iverness' father. While I had my suspicions about a piece of the answer fairly early on, the book still held me and I just had to keep reading. I ...
  • Kristina
    The Curiosity Keeper is the latest book from author Sarah E. Ladd. The book is set in England in 1812. Camielle Iverness works in her father’s (James Iverness) shop called Iverness Curiosity Shop in London. It is a very cluttered and her father will not let her straighten it up. Camielle helps customers and keeps the accounts for the items sold in the store (her father keeps track of his other dealings). Camielle knows her father has other deal...
  • Mackenzie Carol
    The Curiosity Keeper is the first novel in Sarah E. Ladd’s new series, Treasures of Surrey, and is another book I couldn’t help but pre-order before it came out one week ago. I first stumbled upon Sarah when I found one of her novels as a bargain book, and I have loved her ever since. Although I wasn’t sure what to expect when I took a chance on The Headmistress of Rosemere, but I found an author that will forever be one of my favorites, an...
  • Cary Morton
    I received a copy of this book through a GoodReads Giveaway.I’ll admit, I’m a huge fan of historical romances. There’s something about the dialog that flows like poetry and dances around what it really wants to say… the absurdity of the customs and societal rules the characters have to follow, the almost naïve way that even the harshest of characters is almost entirely oblivious to the more straight-forward romance that we're used to tha...
  • Erin
    The latest Regency novel from Sarah E. Ladd had me enchanted from its first pages. Our heroine, Camille Iverness, is tender but capable as she works in her father's curiosity shop in London, where they import treasures from all over the world for people looking to expand their personal collections. Having spent several years growing up on her grandfather's country estate, Camille is more cultured than the average Londoner and has a good, genuine ...
  • Lynda Edwards
    Regency-set novels are my favorite, though good authors still writing them seem to be getting harder to find, so I was happy when I caught the last book in Ladd’s first series. I have to say, however, that this particular novel exceeded all of my expectations: it was outstanding! The Regency period has obviously been impeccably researched and I found myself immersed in the conflict between appearances and doing what is actually right. They shou...
  • Bekah M.
    Camille Iverness is the daughter of a curiosity shopkeeper in London, 1812. Jonathan Gilchrist is the son of a wealthy man and heir to the large estate of Kettering Hall. Their paths intersect when a ruby of great worth called the Bevoy is stolen from Jonathan’s family, and his father implores him to find the man who took it in order to save their fortune. His search leads him straight to the Iverness Curiosity Shop, where Jonathan and his inve...
  • Carole Jarvis
    Reviewed at The Power of Words: Curiosity Keeper is a good beginning to Sarah Ladd's new series, Treasures of Surrey. Set in 1812 England, it opens in the Iverness Curiosity Shop in London, then moves to the beautiful rural community of Fellsworth. Regencies are a favorite genre of mine and Sarah did an excellent job at conveying a sense of place. There's action, drama, mystery, romance, and a sweet ending.Jonathan and Ca...