Friday, July 17, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey #1) by Sarah E. Ladd {Giveaway}

"It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail's egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it."

Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She's done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.

Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother's death made him heir just as his father's foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession---a ruby called the Bevoy---can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop---and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.

Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.
GIVEAWAY 
Begins July 17 & ENDS July 31 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT. 
 Open to USA addresses only.
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About the author: Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. The Heiress of Winterwood was the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, The Headmistress of Rosemere (2013), was on the ECPA best-seller list for several months.

28 comments:

  1. I like Regency, England and the Middle Ages.

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  2. My favorite times in history to read about are the Middle Ages and Early to Mid 20th century America.

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    1. I enjoy the Middle Ages because of the impact of Art, Science and Religion. I especially enjoy learning more about the Reformation and Martin Luther. As for the Early to mid century America, I enjoy the strength and fortitude Americans had to rise above two World Wars and the Great Depression. The work ethics of that generation are not lost on me and I hope to teach my own children those values.

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    2. Oh! I love your answer. Very thoughtful.

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  3. I am extremely curious when it comes to my family history. I've been to different states and small, old graveyards. I've found distant relatives all over the country, and I've been to a family reunion in Kentucky with family members that I found. The only discovery that I made about myself is that I would've been a professional genealogist if I had chosen a different life path.

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  4. I'm fascinated by the American Revolution. I lived in Pennsylvania for almost two years, and I never tired of seeing the old stone houses and other signs of the beginning of the U.S.

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  5. I learned that Sarah lives in Indiana. I'm from Michigan, so we were neighbors! Lol Her books appeal to me because I love getting a glimpse of the past, especially through the lens of creative fiction!

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  6. I really enjoy Sarah Ladd's books and look forward to reading this one. I like historical fiction a lot, and enjoy books set in many different periods, especially the Colonial to Regency periods. It's an interesting way to learn about how people lived, and events of the time. Thanks for doing a giveaway.

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  7. I love all history, but I epecially like the Civil War. I don't know why it appeals exactly, but I just love it!

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  8. My curiosity for the Jewish people led me to attend a Shabbat Class. I've met a lot of great people through this class. I find the Regency period fascinating b/c of the culture. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. I mainly am interested in any time after 1800, though I've read books set earlier that are very interesting as well. I really enjoy reading books set during World War II, perhaps because my parents and their siblings were growing up then. Several of my uncles served in the war (my dad was too young). I've read a couple of Sarah's books and really enjoy them. The Regency period is so different than present day America! Books help satisfy my curiosity about other times, places, and cultures.

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    1. I visited Sarah's website and learned she lives in Indiana with her husband, daughter, and Golden Retriever.

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  10. On Sarah's blog I found out that she was Winner of books in 2011. This was great to learn. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  11. The era I like most is the era while the west was being settled. Like the Oregon trail. I like others too, including the WW ll era. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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  12. Our curiosity for experiencing another culture led us to a 2 week mission trip in Romania/Moldova to visits friends who were missionaries. God used it to send us to Romania for 6 years.

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  13. I've always liked the mid 1800's to the turn of the century. There was so much exploration and furthering of new inventions... a time of change.

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  14. Sarah love the magic and poetry of words. The Curiosity Keeper sounds like an inviting mystery.

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  15. The Civil War divided our nation during the 1860s and apparently, it is still causing issues! I have always been fascinated with this time period, partially because of Abraham Lincoln and partially because of Gone With The Wind.
    Connie
    cps1950 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. Sarah writes like Jane Austen. What more needs to be said?

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  17. I also enjoy stories of the Regency period.
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com

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  18. My profession is ALL ABOUT HISTORY! yes, I love it. Being a genealogist I go way back in time in actual records of people's lives. It's so fascinating.

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  19. My curiosity about dogs and cats led me to volunteer at the local animal shelter. So many sad faces there of dogs and cats looking for a "forever home". Now I am an avid supporter of our local animal shelters!! I even adopted a dog from there 5 years ago!!

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  20. I love learning about the history of the city I live in. I have read many books on the earlier times of the city of Augusta, Georgia. I enjoy looking at the pictures of the way Augusta looked back in the early 1900s! So Much Has Changed!!!!

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  21. I learned that Sarah has more than 10 years of strategic marketing and and brand management experience!

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  22. I've always been fascinated with the ancient world; like babylon, greece, rome and egypt. It was such a different world back then that those civilizations seem almost magical and unwordly. Reading about those times just transports me and I'm always fascinated by learning about the culture, lore, etc. :)

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  23. On Sarah's website I learned that she has marketing experience marketing her own books and musical arts. It's cool to see that your passion and a skill set like marketing can go hand in hand

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  24. 1920-1970 apeals to me because thats when my parents we alive

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