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Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Lady of a Thousand Treasures, October 2018
by Sandra Byrd

Tyndale House Publishers
464 pages
ISBN: 1496426835
EAN: 9781496426833
Kindle: B07B7QTZYN
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"Treasures, history, and regency romance sparkles!"

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Lady of a Thousand Treasures
Sandra Byrd

Reviewed by Patricia (Pat) Pascale
Posted May 7, 2019

Romance Historical

LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES is a treasure! First, in The Victorian Ladies series, it is a beautifully told story. Eleanor Sheffield has been trained by her father and uncle at valuing antiquities. She excels at discovering if a collectible is authentic or fake? In the Victorian era in 1866, a woman in charge of a business, any business, is unacceptable. Her father died, and her uncle is facing impending dementia. It is up to Ellie to save the family business, Sheffield Brothers, as well as preserve her household and meager staff. It will not be an easy task.

When her father's friend and client Baron Lydney passes, he names Ellie as trustee to his valuable collection of treasures. It will be up to Ellie to catalog and determine if every piece of the Lydney collection is authentic. Her decision on the final destination of the collection is up to her. Should she donate it to a museum? Or should the only remaining son, Harry, become the owner of this vast fortune? It will be a difficult decision for her. She will be fair even though in the past she and Harry had a close and even romantic relationship that must be addressed. Harry broke Ellie's heart when he went to Italy and returned accompanied by a beautiful Italian woman and her mother. Harry is set and caring to Ellie, but she' not sure what his intentions truly are...

Sandra Byrd does a sterling job cleverly interweaving history into a plot filled with mystery, thefts, misplaced items, lies, false friends, and betrayals. It has simple and sweet Christian messages. Ellie prayed and began to listen to God and her heart as she found what was true and what was false - who she could and could not trust. a href="book.php? id=96589">LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES is a delightful read that you will find hard to put down until the finale. History, mystery, romance; you can't beat that combination especially when so accurately yet lovingly described by Ms. Byrd. a href="book.php? id=96589">LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES is one I will truly treasure!

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SUMMARY

Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a talented evaluator of antiquities, trained to know the difference between a genuine artifact and a fraud. But with her fatherís passing and her uncleís 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 baronís legendary collection. She must choose whether to donate the priceless treasures to a museum or allow them to pass to the baronís only living son, Harry―the man who broke Eleanorís heart.

Eleanor distrusts the baronís motives and her own ability to be unbiased regarding Harryís 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 debtorís prison closing in, Eleanor knows that donating the baronís 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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