LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES BY SANDRA BYRD~ Blog Tour

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Publication Date: October 9, 2018
Tyndale House Publishers
Hardcover, Paperback, & eBook; 480 Pages

Series: The Victorian Ladies Series, #1
Genre: Historical Fiction/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.

AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

Praise for Lady of a Thousand Treasures

“Sandra Byrd’s amazing cast of characters and Victorian settings pull the reader right into the story. I became happily lost in this compelling, lovely book.” -Karen Harper, NYT bestselling author of The Royal Nanny

“Lady of a Thousand Treasures delivers mystery, romance, and suspense in a well-researched Victorian setting.” -Julie Klassen, bestselling author

“I’m always swept away by a Sandra Byrd novel, and Lady of a Thousand Treasures will be long remembered as one of Sandra’s best.” -Jane Kirkpatrick, NYT bestselling author of All She Left Behind

“Sandra Byrd is the rare writer whose evocative, prose grabs hold and doesn’t let go. The Victorian Ladies Series is off to a stunning start!” -Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker

“With stunning characters and impeccable research, Sandra Byrd has woven together an exquisite treasure hunt with an ending that will leave you breathless.” -Melanie Dobson, award-winning author of Catching the Wind

“Sandra Byrd’s writing is an absolute piece of art! If I had to sum up this story all in one word, it would be satisfying.” -Michelle Griep, award-winning author of the Once Upon a Dickens Christmas series

About the Author

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published more than fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Tyndale House Publishers, Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, WaterBrook Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.

Sandra’s 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, published in 2017 and 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, 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.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Goodreads.

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Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review & Interview at Clarissa Reads it All

Wednesday, October 10
Review at Faery Tales Are Real

Thursday, October 11
Review at A Bookish Affair
Feature at Naomi Finley’s Blog

Friday, October 12
Review at Donna’s Book Blog

Monday, October 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Tuesday, October 16
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots

Wednesday, October 17
Review at Among the Reads
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews

Thursday, October 18
Review at A Darn Good Read

Friday, October 19
Review at Jorie Loves a Story

Monday, October 22
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective

Tuesday, October 23
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books

Wednesday, October 24
Review at Library of Clean Reads

Thursday, October 25
Feature at Let Them Read Books

Friday, October 26
Interview at Among the Reads

Monday, October 29
Review at Maiden of the Pages

Tuesday, October 30
Review at A Chick Who Reads

Thursday, November 1
Review at Bibliophile Reviews
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews

Friday, November 2
Feature at Passages to the Past

Monday, November 5
Review at Broken Teepee

Tuesday, November 6
Feature at Hisdoryan

Wednesday, November 7
Review at The Book Mind
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook

Friday, November 9
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 5 copies of Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

_  You can enter in the contest at the link below.

 

https://gleam.io/competitions/HQs53-lady-of-a-thousand-treasures

 

 

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Book Review: The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

 

 

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This is the first book in the Victorian Rebels series by Kerrigan Byrne . I read the last book in her series “The Duke with a Dragon tattoo” and absolutely loved it. So I wanted go back and read the rest of the books.

The story starts off with a childhood romance between Farah and Dougan Mackenzie. Who swears that they will always be together and with childhood innocence exchange vows with each other.

The two are tragically separated and Dougan is sent to a Newgate Prison were he is later on killed. Devastated, Farah brandishes herself as “ Farah Mackenzie. She works at Scotland Yard alongside the handsome detective Morley.

Her life changes when the king of the underworld Dorian Blackwell is arrested and later on kidnaps her. Dorian makes Farah a scandalous proposition: marry him for protection in exchange for using her secret to help him exact revenge on his enemies. Farrah accepts not realizing that there is a deeper connection between her and Dorian then she realizes.

This story was Amazing!!!! I was immediately drawn in this world. I was afraid that this book would not be as good as the other one I had read. My fears were unfounded. I loved this book. I only read two books by Kerrigan Byrne so far. I’m already proclaiming her a new favorite author of mine.

I thought all the characters were written very well. I like how each character has a darker aspect to them and don’t always follow social rules, but Byrne has a way of making you see the humanity in them.

I loved the pairing of Farah and Dorian. I thought the chem between these two was off the chain. You could feel from their first seen together. And despite all the obstacles in their way they managed to find their way back to each other. I also liked how Farah didn’t try to change Dorian. I take that back, on some things she did. But when all was said and done he was still the same notorious outlaw that he has been.

Overall, great book.  If your in the mood to begin a new book series please check out Kerrigan Byrne Victorian Rebels series.

 

Book info:

Title:  The Highwayman

Author:  Kerrigan  Byrne

Publisher:  St. Martin’s Press

Pages:  379

My Rating:  ⭐  ⭐ ⭐  ⭐  ⭐

Blog Tour: The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrigan Byrne

 

 

 

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My Review

I would like like to thank “The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo” book tour and Netgalley for providing me with a free E copy so I can review this wonderful  book. The Duke with a Dragon Tattoo is the sixth book in the  Victorian Rebels series.

Lorelei is crippled, and do to her brother she is forced to marry a man she does not love.  Her situation only gets worse when she is kidnapped by the infamous “The Rook” who not only kills her brother,  but kidnaps her sister-in-law Veronica along with her.

Turns out the Rook is the man she fell in love with twenty years earlier,  who she had found half-dead on the side of the road and nursed back to health.  He later on disappeared without a trace.  “Ash” she is not the same man that she had fallen in love with.  He had grown darker and colder.  Will she be able to resurrect “Ash”  or stay trapped by possessive Rook?

I thought this book was Amazing!  It’s definitely going on the list of top favorite books of this year.  The fact that this is just one of a series really excites me because I’m planning on reading the rest of the books in this series.

I don’t think that you have to read this series in chronological order in order to know what is going on.  I was able to catch on quickly as other characters from different books were introduced into the story.

I thought that all the characters were written well.  Even though we just got a glimpse of a potential pairing in Veronica and Moncrieff  I’m already crossing my fingers that a books is in the works for these two.

Usually there is some kind of build for pairings,  but I thought the pairing of Lorelei and Ash had an instant connection. Something when Lorelei first came upon Ash that they were meant to be together.  The chemistry between these two were Amazing.  I was on the edge of my seat on when these two were finally going to give into their feelings for each other.

Overall, I thought that the story was very well written.  I love the plot to this story, I thought it was very original.  I literally couldn’t put this book down once I got started on it.  If your looking for a good romance look no further.

 

 

Arthur Spot:

 

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Kerrigan Byrne is the best selling author of THE HIGHWAYMAN, THE HUNTER, THE HIGHLANDER, THE DUKE, THE SCOT BEDS HIS WIFE.

She lives on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington with her dream boat husband. When she’s not writing and researching, you’ll find her on the water sailing and kayaking, or on land eating, drinking, shopping, and taking the dogs to play on the beach.

Kerrigan loves to hear from her readers! To contact her or learn more about her books, please visit her sites:
http://www.kerriganbyrne.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Review:Tiffany Blues by M.J. Rose

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My Review

I would first like to thank Amy at Virtual book tours and Net galley for letting me be apart of this blog tour.  The story takes place in the early part of the 20th century.  Jenny Bell is a burgeoning artist with a tragic past that she is desperately trying to keep under wraps.

She is given the chance to study at the Laurelton Institute, where she meets her idol Mr. Tiffany. She also finds love,  and is forced to confront her past.

My emotions were all over the place with this book.  At times I was feeling happy,  furious,  anxious,  full of hope.

I thought the story was very well written. The pacing of  it was just right.  The story was not slow,  but neither was it fast either. Another thing I liked about this story was how descriptive it was.  Considering that the characters were artist and the plot talked about art.  I thought this was kind of fitting.

My favorite character was  the main character Jenny.  It was her voice that was consistent throughout the story.  I felt like I got to know her more then the other characters in this.  So her motivations throughout the story was more easy to pin point then the other characters.  At times Jenny had trouble in trusting herself and other people.  I think this is perfectly understandable given her past.

I love the relationship between her and Oliver.  I thought that the relationship was good for Jenny over all.  I think that stagnant would be the perfect word describe her. He was able to get her to open up more.  He motivated her to go outside her comfort zone on certain things.  I think that the relationship helped form the woman she would become in the future.

Over all, I thought this story was very good.  I would give this a 5 stars easy.   M.J. Rose is a new author for me,  so I can safely say that I will be looking at more of her books.

 

 

About the Author

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New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

 

Book review: The CEO’s Nanny Affair by Joss Wood

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My thought’s

 

The CEO’s Nanny Affair is the 3rd book in the Ballantyne Billionaires series.  Tate Harper who is a globe trotting TV star life is suddenly turned upside down when her sister suddenly abandons her infant daughter, Ellie,  in her care.

Desperate Tate contacts Linc Ballantyne, her sister’s ex and father to another child ( son, Shaw) that Kari abandoned,  in hopes that he might help her somehow. Linc who has been burned by Tate’s sister Kari the past.  Is weary of women, especially women with the last name of Harper.

He reluctantly lets her move in as a temporary nanny to his son. The sexual chemistry between these two is instantaneous,  but learning to trust each other and overcoming their past is much harder.

I really wanted to love this book, but ended up being disappointed in it. I found the male lead in this story to be annoying.  He smoking hot,  but he could do with a personality change. I’m not a prude but I wish that Tate had held off sleeping with him. There is something twinge worthy about a character that sleeps with someone they don’t trust let alone respect.

Plus there was instances that I felt that Tate was so eager to please Linc that she was not thinking through how the situation would affect her in the long run.

Like the situation with Ellie, taking a child is a big responsibility, and it takes more than one day to make a decision on that.  In one scene, Tate felt like Linc was judging her, she was worried that he saw her like Kari.  So in order to please him she told him that Ellie would stay with her until they find Kari.

Never mind at this point in the story she had no place to live or even the knowledge on how to take care of a baby.  And Linc was not offering to take her in at this point,  so why should he have any room to judge how she deals with the situation?

One of the things I did like about the story that Linc seemed to get over himself at the end of book.  Glad that he wised up that women can be wives, mothers, and have their career as well.

I would never tell anyone not read a book,  but I would definitely borrow this at the library.  Even though this book was a miss rather then a hit.  I am going to the rest of the series.

Review: The Girl’s guide to conquering life.

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The best career advice to give any career advice to give to the young is “Find out what you like doing best  and get someone to pay you for doing it.”  ~  Katharine Whitehorn

 

My thought’s

 

First of all I like to thank Revell books for sending me a copy of this so I can share it all with you.  I really liked this book.  Though I think that its more geared towards younger women then myself.

I think that women in their late teens early twenties would really benefit from this.  Though there was things that I, someone whose a little older,  could have benefited from by reading this.

The book is basically is an “How to Manuel”.  It covers  a broad range of issues.  Like sports,  cooking,  budgeting,  dating.  Any area of life that you could think of.  I really  like the cooking section.

I am not good at cooking,  so this is one area of my life that I really need to improve on .  The book  teaches you how to cook a whole chicken,  broil a steak,  cook rice.  Though the sections are not long,  it gets you started,  and you can expand out to other books learn more about cooking and any other topic discussed in this book.

Though this book was geared more towards women, I think that guys could benefit as well.  I think that this book would be a great gift to anyone just starting out on their own.

I thought this book was easy to read,  I like the fun facts and quotes that was littered throughout the book.  I highly recommend this.

Book Review: A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

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Title:  A Daring Arrangement *  Arthur: Joanna Shupe *  Publisher:  Avon Books

Pages: 372   *   Rating: 5 stars

 

My Review

 

This is first book in the Four Hundred series by Joanna Shupe. This book takes place during the gilded age, one of my favorite time periods in history.

The main character Nora was sent away to live with her Aunt and Uncle in America ( New York) after her father discovers that she was in a relationship that he thought was unsuitable for her.

Wanting to get back to her lover,  Nora devises a scheme to create a bigger scandal so that her father will be forced to send her back to England, which will reunite her with her love,  Robert.

She enlist the help of Julius Hatcher, wall street playboy,  millionaire, who has some skeletons in his closet. To pose as her fiancé. Things don’t go as expected and  Nora/Julius start to develop feelings for each other,  each in their own way afraid to commit to each other.

I thought this was very well written. Joanna Shupe has a way of taken you in a story and leaves you wanting more. I am super eager to read the next book in this series.

I thought all the characters in this was book was written very well.  Though I admit it took me some time to warm up to Nora.  Julius was definitely was my favorite character in this book.

I have to say that I never thought I find the stock market interesting. I liked how some of the plot was centered around the stock market.  One of my favorite scenes in the book was when Julius had taken Nora to the stock Exchange.  He had to sneak her in,  because they didn’t allow women on the floor, which is an interesting history fact, that I didn’t know about.

I have been reading a lot of romance as of late, this book  by so far has been the best.  I’m really looking forward to the next book in this serious.

So if you haven’t picked this up,  I highly recommend this book.