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.
"Many Faceted Historical Romance"
A lovely story with fully developed characters, some danger, a mystery, and a very sweet romance.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Couldn't put it down"
Of course, the ending but I can't share that with you. I thought I had it figured out a couple of times but different things happened.
Camille's character was consistent throughout the book. I really appreciate that from the author. Even though I wasn't sure what she would do in each situation she always was true to her character as it had been introduced to the reader.
I had not listened to Jude Mason previously but will probably look for more performances by this reader. She was able to capture different voices for many of the characters.
At first I was able to listen a little bit at a time but as the book neared the end, I could not put it down.
"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?
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