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The Curiosity Keeper

(Treasures of Surrey #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,911 ratings  ·  529 reviews
“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 betra
Paperback, 337 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by Thomas Nelson
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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 of the charm of novelty. I didn't guess
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
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 one character involved that I didn't ex
✨ Gramy ✨
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is the 1st book in the 'A Treasures of Surrey' series. It is able to stand on it's own, which is a major plus for me when reading a series.

The plot, twists, and growth of characters depended on mystery, romance, and their faith -- keeping readers interested until the very end.

"All things work together for good..."

This tale is a positive demonstration that having faith produces positive results.

This was not my favorite type of characters and location, probably du
I’m not sure why, but for some reason, I thought I wouldn’t enjoy this one as much as I did! However, I found this story to be engaging and John and Camille to be endearing characters. My favorite part is how strongly Camille’s love of the countryside shines throughout the story. Ladd does as excellent job at showing the stark difference between the grit and gloom of where Camille lived in London and Kettering Hall’s beautiful gardens and rolling hills of the country. Camille herself is a study ...more
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 back in time. The book is filled with int
Savanna Kaiser
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 every scene, almost as if they were supporting cha
”’I have been collecting a long time, and I have seen things, I tell you- inexplicable events tied to various artifacts. There are mysteries in this world that cannot be easily explained. One may not be able to explain them, but that does not mean they are not real.”

I have a peculiar relationship with Christian fiction. On the one hand, I can’t resist their covers. Call me crazy, but I often find that Christian fiction books almost always have the most beautiful covers. The dresses and the fonts and the cur
Jun 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, 2017
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 the “Favorites of 2015” list. She conti
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
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 street and found common ground with them. I enjoyed expl ...more
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on the January 2017 Mini Review post

This 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 was the ending! THE ENDING! It'd be
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Update* I've had issues with the next two books in this series. I can see now that while enjoyed this book, its lack of religious content and strong romance were a shadow of things to come. At this time, I recommend all Ladd's books from this one back, but not any published after.

*Original review*
I always come away feeling happy and content from Ladd's books. They light, enjoyable reads that are interesting, even exciting, without being scary or even make me think very hard. ...more
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. 2017

Brilliant 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 Reads readers' choice co
Sheila Holmes
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a completely enjoyable read. The author kept me engaged from beginning to end. Just a really good story.
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 between daughter and father, causing Camille to fle ...more
Jun 08, 2015 rated it liked it
3 stars

Many 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 never hit me emotionally, seem
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
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 or infatuation with the MMC that I needed to make ...more
Cara Putman
Jun 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 the streets. Instead she gets to attempt to recreat ...more
Rachel McMillan
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 action and wandering around. I would say while not ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We get to know Camille Iverness who workes in a curiosity shop. She gets mixed up in a drama related to a disappeared ruby and the plot takes off from there.
I found this to be a nice, exiting read. I will continue to read the work of ms Ladd and will recommend her books to fans of historical fiction.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great historical romance, with plenty of British charm.
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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 myst
Charity Andrews
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: regency
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 as together. God is not constant throu
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
This is an intriguing tale with a variety of characters, each with ulterior motives that Camille can only guess at. I loved the setting of the gritty London streets since that's not the norm in Regency romances. Even though Camille can hold her own there, she is not comfortable in her surroundings and I was happy to see her take control of her future. The countryside is a stark contrast and Camille does not take it's beauty and freshness for granted. Jonathon and Camille are a perfect match for ...more
Kristine Morgan
Dec 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rather not inherit the estate and a penniless shopk ...more
Lisa at Farm Fresh Adventures
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming, well written, and the best possible ending for the dog!
Amanda Geaney
Feb 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Readers of Regency fiction will delight in Sarah Ladd's newest novel, The Curiosity Keeper. This book marks the beginning of the author's Treasures of Surrey Series. It's intriguing blend of romance and mystery, along with Ladd's expressive prose will certainly entice me enough to return for the second installment in this series.

Audiences will be inspired by the faith and resilience of the two main characters. Camille Iverness hails from Blinkett Street, a shadier part of London. Despite having
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I 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 to his father and created his own life. Other than that, I thought his character
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 reveal doesn't happen until 80%. Nope, not good at a ...more
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“Old things tell a story, Mr. Gilchrist, just as the lives of people do,' Miss Iverness's dark eyes were fixed intently on him. 'They preserve the past and remind us of how far we have come.” 0 likes
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