Title: Lady of a thousand Treasures ~ Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale House Publisher ~ Genre: Historical Fiction ~ Pages: 449
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.
Sandra Byrd is a new author for me. I thought this book was Amazing!!! I love historical fiction, but the element of mystery took this book over the top for me. I was hooked from the beginning. I thought that the overall plot was really good. Plus, the added mystery in this took it over the top for me.
Not being a collector myself I didn’t realize how much history was behind this. I especially enjoyed the brief history she gave at the end of the story.
I love how she puts a spotlight on women in this. That women were not just sitting home, but despite having few that some of us were doing amazing things. I though her using real life persona’s in her book was a great choice. Lady Charlotte who was a famous woman collector, and then there was Elizabeth Garrett who was the first woman doctor.
I thought the characters were well written. I love the character of Eleanor. I thought her heart was in the right place and she wanted to do the fair and just thing, but it seemed like her good deeds always backfired and caused her more suffering. Like her taking on her Uncles debts, not wanting him to go to debtors prison because of his health. I think he was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. I like how she relief and found comfort in her faith.
I loved the pairing of Harry/ Eleanor in this, though I wished they had more scenes together. There is apart of me that wished that there was a second book that features Harry/Eleanor but their children as well. I can see them being just as adventurous as their parents.
If your looking for historical romance, mystery, and just a good read then look no further. I like to think HF Historical book blog and Sandra Bryd for sending a review copy and giving me a chance to read this wonderful book.