The Curiosity Keeper

 Title: The Curiosity Keeper (A Treasures of Surrey Novel #1)
Author: Sarah E. Ladd
Pages: 341
Year: 2015
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Camille Iverness is a young woman who works in her father’s shop. She keeps the books and deals with any customers who visit the shop. Her father takes care of providing the inventory. He, however, has many “side” transactions that Camille is not privy to the specifics of, but knows they are on the shady side of the law. One night she is attacked in the shop by a man looking for a ruby. She knows nothing about this gem and fears for her life when a young man comes to her rescue. As events progress, he offers to find her a job in the country to get her out of the London city environment. She accepts.
Jonathan Gilchrist is the second son of a wealthy gentleman. He has followed his maternal uncle in the profession of being an apothecary. His father doesn’t approve of such a lowly profession, but Jonathan gets satisfaction from helping people and enjoys what he does for a living. With his brother’s death, Jonathan is now set to inherit the country estate. His father expects him to take an interest in his inheritance, but Jonathan refuses to give up his apothecary business. His father informs him that due to a deal gone bad he will have to sell a valuable jewel from his collection of rare and unique items. The jewel, however, has been stolen and Jonathan is tasked with recovering it or the family estate will be forfeit. Jonathan travels to London to the shop where his father originally bought the gem only to interrupt an attempted robbery of a defenseless woman in the shop. He rescues her, tends her wound and refuses to leave her in dire straits. He offers to take her to the country and find her a job to give her a fresh start. The job she finds allows her frequent meetings with him and a romance blooms.
This book started out well, but fell flat after the first few chapters. There wasn’t a lot that happened in the book to hold my interest. I did like the lead male character as he was comfortable in his own skin and didn’t feel the need to impress others. He followed his own heart with regard to his profession. I also liked the independent streak in Camille’s character. The other characters in the book were unremarkable with the exception of Jonathan’s sister, Penelope, who appeared overly concerned with what society thought and her position among said society. Hopefully, future books in the series will have more to maintain this reader’s interest. I do plan on reading the next book in the series to give the series a chance.
My rating is 3 stars out of 5.
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