The Curiosity Keeper


From the cluttered and dusty curiosity shop of her father to the opulent London townhouse and Kettering Hall of the Gilchrist family, Camille Inverness finds herself alternately in danger or protected. A mysterious gemstone is missing, her father is suspected of stealing it, and Camille finds herself right in the center of the urgent attempt to locate it.

“The Curiosity Keeper” is a multifaceted tale with a perfectly brooding setting and atmosphere and well-developed characters. As the story progressed I wondered along with Camille about who she could actually trust. Were her new friends really her friends or were they just using her to find the ruby. And what about how her father was acting – he was supposed to care for her wasn’t he? I liked how the roles of several characters developed. Some who seemed hostile at first turned into allies and others only showed their true colors later. Plenty of suspense, danger, betrayal, and romance is punctuated with several surprising twists that wouldn’t let me put the book down until its conclusion.

I always enjoy Sarah Ladd’s novels and “The Curiosity Keeper” was no exception. I suggest that lovers of historical suspense grab themselves a copy ASAP.

This book was provided for review by the BookLook Blogger Program of Harper Collins Christian Publishing.


“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.