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Monday, October 15, 2018

Lady of a Thousand Treasures Review & Giveaway



Welcome to  Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd Scavenger Blog Hunt with an awesome giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!  On each stop, there will be:
  • special content by the blogger, plus
  • a clue
  • then head back to the launch post on JustRead or straight to the main crossword puzzle to fill in the words and get the special phrase to enter the  giveaway!
Before we begin, there's a bit about Lady of a Thousand Treasures. 


ABOUT THE BOOK



Title: Lady of a Thousand Treasures
Series: Victorian Ladies, Book 1
Author: Sandra Byrd
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical/Gothic Romance, inspirational fiction, romance, mystery
Links: Goodreads 
Where to purchase: Amazon
Print Length: 464 pages
Edition: ebook and paperback


Synopsis:
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.


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MY REVIEW:

Main Characters

  • Miss Eleanor Sheffield- heir of Sheffield Brothers Antiquities 
  • Lord Harry Lydney - Eleanor's childhood friend and love interest 
  • Late Baron Lydney- Harry's father, long time employer of Sheffield Brothers
"It is only by testing or being tested that we understand whether the substance or the person is as it appears to be or is merely masquerading."

Plot

Told from Eleanor's point of view. Due to an illness that makes Eleanor's Uncle mostly indisposed, Eleanor is now running her family owned business in a time where women need protection from men and aren't really welcome in the workforce. The final task for a prepaid annual antiquity maintenance commission from the Late Baron Lydney to Sheffield Brothers is to determine the fate of his estate. If his son, Harry, is proven to be dishonorable then the family collection should be donated to the South Kensington Museum. Tasked with the final decision on if her former beau should be disinherited, Eleanor inventories the final treasures while investigating Harry's trustworthiness.

Eleanor is trying to stand on her own as a professional and gain a positive reputation valuing authentic or determining fraudulent items for wealthy collectors, networking and making new friendships with female entrepreneurs. Everyone Eleanor meets have their own agenda so there are many misleading statements during her assessment making it hard to keep work and romance separate. Trusting in God, Eleanor must determine if there is a scheme and who the fraud is, if items are stolen or treasures passes on from generations, and finally if Harry deserves to inherit.

Setting

September 1866 - May 1867 Victorian England during a war in Venice at Watchfield house owned by Lord Lydney in London and Sheffield shop
How did setting drive or influence the plot of the book?

Theme

Trust, and a mustard seed of faith  
"It is only by testing or being tested that we understand whether the substance or the person is as it appears to be or is merely masquerading."

What did I like about the book?

Part of the value of each piece is the story passed down with it. I absolutely love all the stories and history lessons behind each item Eleanor inventories, repairs, curates or examines. I also really enjoy how earnest Eleanor is, visiting women in prison and wanting to trust and build relationships.

What did I not like about the book? N/A

Date Started/Finished : September 14th -September 17th 2018


Recommend? YES

Do you like learning about history in new and fun ways? Do you enjoy a good mystery or historical romance? Is Christian fiction with elements of faith your preferred genre? If yes to any of these you'll enjoy this book.

Rating: 4/***** based off Goodreads' ratings: 4 stars – really liked it, really enjoyable

content rating system
G = For general audience. Depictions of violence are minimal. No bad language


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published fifty books.

Sandra's delighted to kick off her new historical romance series with Tyndale House Publishers, Victorian Ladies, with Lady of a Thousand Treasures. The three-book Victorian Ladies series follows her historically sound Gothic romances, Daughters of Hampshire, launched with the bestselling 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, was published in 2017. Check out 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.

Sandra has published dozens of books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the bestselling The One Year Be-Tween You and God Devotions for Girls. She continued her work as a devotionalist, with The One Year Home and Garden Devotions, and The One Year Experiencing God's Love Devotional.

Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype.

CONTACT: website | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram


SCAVENGER HUNT CROSSWORD PUZZLE


Instructions: Head to every stop on the tour to collect a word to finish the crossword puzzle. Hint: You might want to print out the crossword puzzle (link below) and enter it everyday to make it easier.

Not a crossword puzzle fan? Just compile the clue words from each stop and enter it on the Rafflecopter entry.

This stop's CLUE is:  have



TOUR GIVEAWAY




(1) winner will receive:
  • a copy of Lady of a Thousand Treasures (print to US addresses OR ebook to international)
  • Cork coaster set of the British Isles (US Only)
  • "To The Lighthouse" diffuser made by Seawitch Candles in Cornwall, England. (US Only)
  • $10 Amazon gift card (open international)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight October 15, 2018 and lasts through 11:59pm October 22, 2018. Void where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within a week of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for all the clues to enter!




TOUR SCHEDULE


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2 comments:

  1. How fun! Your breakdown is cool. Glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

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  2. Thanks for the post. Sounds like a fun scavenger hunt.
    Carol Luciano
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