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Review: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

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Review: Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Historical Romance
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Publication Date: October 9, 2018

Eleanor Sheffield knows antiquities. A talented evaluator, she has worked alongside her father and uncle since she was a young girl, and knows all the tricks counterfeiters use to reproduce original artifacts. With her father’s death and her uncle’s increasing dementia, Ellie’s business is in jeopardy. As a woman working in valuations during the Victorian Era, Ellie must have a male’s stamp of approval on her work. When Baron Lydney, one of their major clients, dies leaving her as his trustee, her future begins to teeter on the brink of disaster.

Ellie, and Baron Lydney’s only surviving son, Harry, grew up together – first as friends, then as sweethearts. However, Harry left her and she hasn’t heard from him in years. Now she must decide whether to donate the Lydney collection to the South Kensington museum or leave it “in situ” for Harry to inherit. With the first choice, her future in valuations and procurement would be secured. With the second, she could be accused of simply following her heart, not using her knowledge.

As Ellie and her employee, Mr. Clarkson, begin to inventory the Lydney collection, it becomes increasingly clear that someone is lying to her. Can she take the word of a dead man who believed his son to be without honor? Or, does she believe her eyes that tell her not everything about the Lydney collection is as it should be? And with Harry back in contact with her, she must determine if he is really interested in her again, or if his interest is merely a ploy to distract her from the business at hand.

It will take all of Ellie’s capabilities to ferret out the truth from the lies, the genuine from the counterfeit. With debtors prison steps away from her door, her decision will have ramifications for the entire Sheffield household. How can she tiptoe her way out of the mess her uncle has left in her hands, when she is apparently being sabotaged both within and without?

This book must have taken tons of research to write! I loved learning about the various parlor games played during Victorian times. I also loved looking for the collective nouns that Sandra Byrd sprinkled throughout the novel – “A murder of crows, a rake of mules, a threading of voices, a singular of boars, a cherish of children”. After reading about half of the book, I wished I had highlighted each one to go back and savor it again. While I love reading stories set in the Victorian era, I don’t think it could have been much fun to be a woman back then. As far as I’m concerned, Ms. Byrd is one of the best at bringing this era to life, and at evoking the dark, mysterious feeling of an old mansion.

History buffs who love a mystery will love Lady of a Thousand Treasures. While there is romance here, it takes a back seat to both the time period and the mystery of the story. I would absolutely recommend Lady of a Thousand Treasures! Sandra Byrd has written another gem! (An amethyst, perhaps? Read the story to find out about the ADORE ring. Such a cool detail!)

Rated G: No worries with this one.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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