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Before we begin, there’s a bit about Lady of a Thousand Treasures.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Lady of a Thousand Treasures
Series: Victorian Ladies, Book 1
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical/Gothic Romance
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.
On the surface, Eleanor’s task seems simple enough. She must decide whether to donate the collection her father and uncle curated to an up and coming museum, or to allow the son to inherit. Given what she’s observed of Harry and the opinions of others, she tells a confidante early on that she should just donate and be done with it. The family business would profit handsomely in terms of reputation. But, if she did that, we’d have broken hearts and not much of a novel.
The decision itself is resolved midway through the book after Eleanor completes a careful study of Harry’s actions since his father’s death and compares it to her knowledge of the museum and its sponsors. But her own reputation is falling apart: the invitation to join an important club does not come as expected, and her father’s employee is furious with her decision. Is it because she’s a woman trying to live independently, or is there something more at stake? And what about a collection of Venetian objects that have disappeared while supposedly under her watch? What starts as a matter of heart versus head now becomes a tense affair involving possibly stolen goods and a crime ring.
Harry and Eleanor appear, on the outside, to be confident in all that they do. But Harry is a man who could never measure up to his older, deceased brother and tried in vain to please his father. Eleanor believes herself to be unloved, especially since her mother left the family and Harry deserted her. “I am no one’s treasure,” she tells a friend. As she searches for the truth regarding Harry, she’s also on a search for God. Just as she evaluates and determines the cost of antiquities, will she be able to determine her true worth in the eyes of her maker?
A Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a fascinating book set in 1866 London. Eleanor crosses the divide between classes, spending time not just with nobility but also in her volunteering duties with women imprisoned in an unnamed jail. In her lonely state, she has come to see the incarcerated as friends. The appalling conditions are described, just as are the opulent salons she also visits. There are appearances by historical figures such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Dr. Elizabeth Garrett, and another that I’d not heard of prior to reading but is a good fit within the narrative. I also found the time frame interesting: a couple of vital plot points involve the unification of Italy. I only knew the slightest about it, and didn’t know wars had been waged over the process. Therefore, I was fascinated by that aspect of the novel.
Overall, this was a great page turner that I enjoyed reading. It is, apparently, the first in a new Victorian Ladies series. But we’ll have to wait until Spring 2020 for the next installment.
I received a complimentary copy of Lady of a Thousand Treasures from the publishers. The words and thoughts in the above review, however, are entirely my own.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published fifty books.
Sandra’s delighted to kick off her new historical romance series with Tyndale House Publishers, Victorian Ladies, with Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The three-book Victorian Ladies series follows her historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the bestselling 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 published in 2017. Check out her contemporary adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, which 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 Pick for 2011, and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012.
Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, and The One Year Experiencing God’s Love Devotional.
SCAVENGER HUNT CROSSWORD PUZZLE
Instructions: Head to every stop on the tour to collect a word to finish the crossword puzzle. Hint: You might want to print out the crossword puzzle (link below) and enter it everyday to make it easier. Crossword Board: https://crosswordlabs.com/view/lady-of-a-thousand-treasures-scavenger-hunt Not a crossword puzzle fan? Just compile the clue words from each stop and enter it on the Rafflecopter entry.
This stop’s CLUE is: others
(1) winner will receive:
- a copy of Lady of a Thousand Treasures (print to US addresses OR ebook to international)
- Cork coaster set of the British Isles (US Only)
- “To The Lighthouse” diffuser made by Seawitch Candles in Cornwall, England. (US Only)
- $10 Amazon gift card (open international)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Entry form will be live on the 19th once all clues are revealed. Clues for giveaway will begin at midnight October 15, 2018. Entries are opened at midnight on October 19, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm October 22, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for all the clues to enter!