- Series: The Victorian Ladies Series (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (October 9, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781496426826
- ISBN-13: 978-1496426826
- ASIN: 1496426827
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 102 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,960,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lady of a Thousand Treasures (The Victorian Ladies Series) Hardcover – October 9, 2018
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A most intriguing romance is found in the pages of Lady of a Thousand Treasures (Tyndale House, 464 pages) by Sandra Byrd. In Victorian England, Eleanor Sheffield continues the family business of appraising art and antiquities. But times are hard―her father has died, her uncle is ailing, an employee seems deceptive, and the man she thought she loved, Harry Lydney, has been in Italy far longer than expected. But Eleanor is determined to earn the trust of her clients and to repair her relationship with Harry when he finally returns from Europe. Told in first person, this standout romance is spiced with fascinating descriptions of treasures and the details of how such items are evaluated. Cameos by real historical characters add another layer of interest. Eleanor is a stalwart heroine who works through the steadily compounding tension as she wrestles with her Christian faith. Readers will root for Eleanor to overcome her difficulties and for Harry and her to find their ultimate reward in each other. (BookPage)
“Eleanor Sheffield is desperate to save the family business. Skilled in valuing antiques and separating the authentic from the fraudulent, she must search for clues―and her heart―to decide whom to trust. Is her old love telling the truth or currying her favor for his own selfish ends? Lady of a Thousand Treasures delivers mystery, romance, and suspense in a well-researched Victorian setting.” (Julie Klassen, bestselling author)
“A thousand treasures for a reader indeed! Sandra Byrd’s new, highly-anticipated novel presents a determined, realistic heroine to care for and to root for. An amazing cast of characters and Victorian settings pull the reader right into the story. And an appealing hero is ripe for redemption. I became happily lost in this compelling, lovely book.” (Karen Harper, New York Times bestselling author of The Royal Nanny)
“Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd is another adventure into history and the human spirit. Sandra gives us a rich, page-turning plot, golden threads of mystery, a sparkle of romance and a treasure trove of detail about nineteenth-century collections of porcelains and paintings and the role a lady appraiser played in the collections of the English wealthy. You’ll be drawn into many vivid images and precious insights about life and faith applicable to this present moment. What a grand book! 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, New York Times bestselling author of All She Left Behind)
“Lady of a Thousand Treasures is truly a treasure of a Gothic romance, aptly named! Sandra Byrd is the rare writer whose evocative, atmospheric prose grabs hold and doesn’t let go, delivering a complex, intelligent novel infused with romance and faith, an enigmatic hero who will steal your heart along with a clever, antiquity-dealing heroine who will keep you on the edge of your Victorian parlor chair. The Victorian Ladies Series is off to a stunning start!” (Laura Frantz, author of The Lacemaker)
“Like the antiquities prized in this novel, Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a rare treasure of its own. I was swept away from the first page, back to Victorian England and into the haunting mysteries of Watchfield House. 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)
“It’s a rare book that I put on my keeper shelf. Lady of a Thousand Treasures earns one of those coveted spots. Sandra Byrd’s writing is an absolute piece of art! The plot kept me guessing until the very end. The story, the characters, the intrigue all blend into a delicious read, making this tale one that lives on long after you close the cover. 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)
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I loved Lady of a Thousand Treasures. Miss Eleanor Sheffield is a strong female heroine trying to make her way in a man’s world. I like how she works to keep her family business afloat while also showing that she is an expert in assessing treasures. One line that struck me in the novel was that Eleanor never thought of herself as someone to treasure after her mother and Harry’s abandonment, but her friends help her to evaluate her own self-worth.
Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a Gothic Romance, a genre which I love. This story was at heart a mystery of the treasures and what exactly is going on around Eleanor. It was also a love story and a coming of age story as well. I really enjoyed it and couldn’t guess how it would end.
This story also is a Christian story as it has no sex scenes, no swearing, and has times when Eleanor is praying and discussing church. I like a novel that focus on the story without adding in gratuitous swearing and sex. I also like when someone must evaluate their faith with their life circumstances as Eleanor does in this story.
The end of the novel has a great author’s note about collecting, real people in the novel, and the Italian wars of unification. There are also questions for a book club. This month at my FLICKS Book and Movie Club (aka Rogue) we are talking about good books we’ve read this past month. Lady of a Thousand Treasures is the book I’m bringing to share. This is apparently the first novel in the new Victorian Ladies series. I can’t wait for the next novel!
“It is only be testing or being tested that we understand whether the substance or the person is as it appears to be or is merely masquerading.”
“Collecting was and is both personal and public. Before there were museums, viewing other people’s collections was a way to see what they had gathered from their travels, purchased on their own, or inherited from their family.” – From the Author’s Note
Overall, Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a wonderful historical fiction and Gothic romance novel with a unique story line, great characters, and an enthralling mystery. I highly recommend it.
Book Source: Review Copy for being a part of the TLC Book Tour
With the death of Baron Lydney; Eleanore is tasked with not only cataloging but deciding the fate of the items in his vast estate. Should the items be donated to the local museum or should the items be awarded to the Baron’s only son, Harry? Who should she trust?
While this story is as artistic as the countless antiquities described within the pages, the plot seemed to drag in places. This story has an abundance of information and details, and I would suggest that it may be best enjoyed by someone who can carve out large chunks of time for reading it.
For me personally, I recognized several places in the story where the Christian viewpoint would have added greatly to the story, however, it was missing. There were a few mentions of God and trusting in His plan. However, it seemed to fall flat when the characters didn’t act on the knowledge.
Sandra Byrd writes with beautiful word imagery, and really sets up the scenes for the story beautifully. The mystery was expertly woven throughout the story and kept me guessing as to how it would turn out.
While I enjoyed certain aspects of the story, I never could fully get into the story and identify with the characters. I give this story 3-stars.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)