Antiquities and intrigue are the things that make this worth reading.
The fact that I have had this book on my shelf for a almost a year and had not read it has haunted me since I placed it on my table next to my chair. I am going to apologize to Sandra Byrd now for not getting on this magnificent read sooner.
Lady of a Thousand Treasures was sure to make me feel all sorts of guilt for delaying reading her story. I Could Not Put The Book Down! The mystery, the romance, the teasures – all had me wanting more, thus causing me to stay up later than I needed too. (It’s a good thing I don’t require much sleep to be a mom ;P )
Eleanor’s pride in taking over the family business in antiques drives her to make some hasty choices. Some of which have devistating concequences. I will admit, the mom in me shook my head a few times at her choices. Her heart to do right by her family and those she loved and to further the business was evident so I didn’t get too irritated with the character.
I enjoy books that show two points of view – his and hers. This book did not have that so I found myself wanting to know more about Harry and how he really felt toward Eleanor. Not having that POV left me thinking he was a bit stuffy and didn’t feel for her the way I expected him to. This story is written in the first person, and wonderfully done if you ask me, so that might have something to do with a single POV story.
Overall, I found Lady of a Thousand Treasures entertainng and captivating and worth every sleepless hour I endured.
**I was provided a copy of this story by the publisher. The views expressed her are entirely my own.
About the Book
Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her father’s passing and her uncle’s decline into dementia, the family business is at risk. In the Victorian era, unmarried Eleanor cannot run Sheffield Brothers alone.
The death of a longtime client, Baron Lydney, offers an unexpected complication when Eleanor is appointed the temporary trustee of the baron’s legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baron’s only living son, Harry—the man who broke Eleanor’s heart.
Eleanor distrusts the baron’s motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harry’s future. Harry claims to still love her and Eleanor yearns to believe him, but his mysterious comments and actions fuel her doubts. When she learns an Italian beauty accompanied him on his return to England, her lingering hope for a future with Harry dims.
With the threat of debtor’s prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baron’s collection would win her favor among potential clients, saving Sheffield Brothers. But the more time she spends with Harry, the more her faith in him grows. Might Harry be worthy of his inheritance, and her heart, after all? As pressures mount and time runs out, Eleanor must decide whom she can trust—who in her life is false or true, brass or gold—and what is meant to be treasured.
About the Author
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Sandra Byrd’s first series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling Mist of Midnight, which earned a coveted Editor’s Choice Award from the Historical Novel Society. The second book, Bride of a Distant Isle, has been selected by Romantic Times as a Top Pick. The third in the series, A Lady in Disguise, was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction Books of the year.
Her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named a Library Journal Best Books of the Year Pick, as was The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr.
Victorian Ladies, a new series, offered its first title, Lady of a Thousand Treasures, in 2018. Sandra has also authored many books for teens, tweens, and devotionals for both adults and children.
Connect with Sandra at www.sandrabyrd.com, www.sandrabyrdbookcoach.com