Born into two different classes, James and Camille shouldn't even know each other. But when the pursuit of a missing ruby brings them together, much more than a mere acquaintance is ignited.
The daughter of a curiosity shop owner, Camille would never be considered a lady. Nor does she want to be. With a fiery personality, she dreams of adventures far beyond the walls of her family's modest business. But when her father thrusts a mysterious box into her hands and disappears, her whole world - dreams and all - shifts.
James is an apothecary tending to the health needs of the town of Bentworth. His father, a well-known explorer and collector, is quite wealthy from the spoils of his adventures until one risky gamble and a stolen gem leave him on the edge of ruin. Seeking his father's approval, James picks up the hunt for the stolen ruby, leading him to the door of Camille's curiosity shop.
With both of their lives in danger as the ruby remains at large, James squires Camille away to the Bentworth School, believing that would be the last place her pursuers would look for her. They both find their hearts and dreams heading in a new direction, but before they are free to embrace their future, they must solve the mystery looming around them. The more they uncover, however, the harder it becomes to know whom to trust. And they begin to realize that recovering the ruby may require a great sacrifice: their newfound love and maybe even their lives.
©2015 Sarah Ladd (P)2015 Thomas Nelson Publishers
Avid audio Booker! I love a mystery.
I would try another and I might try this one again.
No definitely not, maybe I need to listen to it at another time.
I enjoyed the mystery and the wholesomeness of this book. Nice sweet read. Another great book by Sarah Ladd.
"A bit slow..."
I thought this book was a bit too slow and predictable. It was a nice, easy, slow listen. The reader was fine.
"Many Faceted Historical Romance"
A lovely story with fully developed characters, some danger, a mystery, and a very sweet romance.
I enjoyed the story line with a curiosity shop as the backdrop. I longed for more Spiritual meditations or conversations between the characters and God, the struggle of Faith in the midst of difficult circumstances. I liked the reader's ability to make the story real. However, I had difficulty keeping pace with her. I felt she read too fast, smoothly, but too quickly throughout the piece.
I haven't read the print version, I only listened to the audio version.
The narrator did a great job with the voices and I liked the thread of mystery that was in the story.
Danger and romance follow Camille Iverness in this mysterious regency tale.
I enjoyed this story.
"Good book, but read at too fast of pace."
Enjoyable, good book, clean.
Clean romance with a little bit of adventure
No, not really. I kept getting the different characters confused. Her fast paced reading didn't help.
"Narrative is too fast"
Story was ok, but the narrator read much too fast. I had the speed set a 1 like I do for all my audio books. I tried slowi
Couldn't wait to listen to it every day! Carried my phone in my pocket, while listening!
Loved it so much!! Clean, mistery that will keep you reading until the very end?
"Good, but lacking depth"
Probably not, the writing wasn't necessarily bad, but it felt a touch forced and obvious in places. The opportunities for depth of character are lost to language I've read a hundred times in a hundred books. That combined with the narrators self-evident presence leaves the whole thing feeling a bit like a middle school play. Not bad... but not of much quality.
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