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.
"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
I am not going to give away any spoilers or the ending, but I must say that I love the way everything ended and I was impressed with the truth of so many things coming out at last. I am not a fan of cliffhangers, and this book did not disappoint me because everything was pretty neatly sewn up at the end. But you have to read it to find out if Lord Harry Lydney is truly the embodiment of Eleanor's dreams; was Baron Lydney all that Eleanor had thought?; and of course the big question - can Eleanor distinguish the human forgeries as well as she can distinguish the artifact forgeries? I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves historical fiction, but also to those who love art. Because I learned quite a bit about artifacts that I was unaware of from this book :) 5 stars!!!
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