Sarah E. Ladd is a new author for me and I'm always on the lookout for new authors. I'm also pretty picky about what I like when it comes to a novel. Characters should be well developed, realistic, and likable. The plot should grip me within the first few chapters. The setting is preferably historical, but not so overrun with history that factual information overwhelms the heart of the story. Ladd did an excellent job of combining all of these into a beautifully written novel. I was captivated from the start!
I have to admit that while I abide by the age-old adage to not judge a book by its cover, the cover of this particular novel drew me. I've read several books lately where the covers did not do justice to their written words, but this captivating painting perfectly captures the heroine, the setting, and the mood of the book.
The Curiosity Keeper is set in Regency England, a perfect spot for both mystery and romance alike to unfold! Two worlds collide when the son of a wealthy collector is compelled to rescue the daughter of a shopkeeper. Their fathers were essentially enemies and the search for a stolen gem cements the intertwining of their lives. As the story unfolds it becomes very clear that all is not as it seems.
Something else I appreciated as that I was genuinely surprised at many of the plot twists. All the while the storytelling was believable and enjoyable. Ladd is one of my favorite new authors I will continue to follow!
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