The Curiosity Keeper by Sarah E. Ladd is the next historical novel from this author. Camille Iverness has been raised by her father in the Curiosity shop that he owns ever since her mother left them when she was quite young to take care of her ailing mother in Portugal. She just never returned afterwards and Camille has never understood how such a loving mother could just leave her only daughter and then only write her once or twice a year. Camille finally quit reading even the letters that she did write. Her father depends on her to run the shop when he is gone and to keep the books always. He is a demanding father but she has never thought that he didn't love her. This time though when he was gone the shop was robbed and Camille was hurt and hurt bad and he just yelled at her for leaving the shop and allowing it to be ransacked. He said it was all her fault and then to further add insult he threw her out into the street to fend for herself with nothing but the clothes on her back. Jonathan Gilchrist is the son of a rich property owner. Ian Gilchrist is a property owner but has been down on his luck when it comes to his hobby of buying up curiosities for his collection and now what should happen but his prize ruby, the Bevoy, has been stolen and by a person who he has done much business with, James Iverness. Ian had sent Jonathan down to the shop to retrieve the ruby, which is not only beautiful but legend has it is both blessed and cursed, and he arrives just in time to witness the robbery of the shop and rescue Camille. When her father throws her into the street Jonathan convinces her that he can help her to get a job at the local private school. And there begins this whodunit.
Though this novel is written in a historic romance format it also has the markings of a mystery so it casts a wider net of readers than most romances. I really liked this book and think that woman and older girls of any age would like reading it.
I received this book from Booksneeze for this review.