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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Lady of a Thousand Treasures" by Sandra Byrd--Blog Tour (Review) & GIVEAWAY!

 

 

LADY OF A THOUSAND TREASURES BY SANDRA BYRD


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.

AMAZON | BARNES AND NOBLE | INDIEBOUND

 
My Review
 
Sandra Byrd does it again with her newest book “Lady of a Thousand Treasures!”  Her first book in the “Victorian Ladies” series is full of mystery, history and romance!

Sandra Byrd is one of my favorite contemporary authors because she writes history with such a depth and knowledge that few others in the genre achieve.  “Lady of a Thousand Treasures” is a Gothic romance set in Victorian England and is a book to savor.  The opening scene of a gloomy funeral, complete with a raging storm outside, will immediately hook you.  Ms. Byrd uses amazing descriptions, bringing the reader into the story and time period. 

I love the main character, Eleanor, who really grows as a character throughout the story, both in her faith and as a person.  There is so much faith content in this story, which I love.  Eleanor prays, visits women in prison, asks the Lord for wisdom and guidance and quotes scripture.  I appreciate the realistic way she at time struggles in her relationship with the Lord.  Eleanor is also trying to test what’s true and what’s false, not only in antiquities, but also in people. She struggles with pride and striving to earn others’ approval; which was encouraging to me as well, as I’m often a people pleaser.  Eleanor’s love story is so romantic.  It’s probably the most well written swoon-worthy romance of the year!

“Lady of a Thousand Treasures” is a keeper for sure!  This Gothic, Victorian romance includes a good dose of mystery and danger, and has a beautiful message about leaving our burdens with the Lord and learning to discern the true from the false. 

Content: This is a clean read with a PG for content.  Some examples of the content are: mention of a man drinking himself to death; the devil is referred to; a man suggests a dalliance with a woman; a few subtle references to a couple’s wedding night.
 
Rating: I give this book 5 stars!
 
Genre: Christian fiction; Gothic; Romance; Victorian; Mystery
 
I want to thank Tyndale House Publishers, Sandra Byrd and Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR 16, Part 255.

 
Praise for Lady of a Thousand Treasures

“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

About the Author

Bestselling author Sandra Byrd has published more than fifty books over her editing and writing career. Her traditionally published books include titles by Tyndale House Publishers, Howard Books, a division of Simon and Schuster, WaterBrook Press, a Penguin Random House imprint, and Bethany House. She’s also an independent author.
Sandra’s series of historically sound Gothic romances launched with the best-selling 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, published in 2017 and was named by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the Top Ten Inspirational Fiction books of the year.
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.
Please visit www.sandrabyrd.com to learn more or to invite Sandra to your book club via Skype. You can also connect with Sandra on FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterest, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Tuesday, October 9
Review at Pursuing Stacie
Review & Interview at Clarissa Reads it All
Wednesday, October 10
Review at Faery Tales Are Real
Thursday, October 11
Review at A Bookish Affair
Feature at Naomi Finley’s Blog
Friday, October 12
Review at Donna’s Book Blog
Monday, October 15
Feature at The Lit Bitch
Review at Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Tuesday, October 16
Feature at Myths, Legends, Books & Coffee Pots
Wednesday, October 17
Review at Among the Reads
Review at Ageless Pages Reviews
Thursday, October 18
Review at A Darn Good Read
Friday, October 19
Review at Jorie Loves a Story
Monday, October 22
Review at History From a Woman’s Perspective
Tuesday, October 23
Review at Locks, Hooks and Books
Wednesday, October 24
Review at Library of Clean Reads
Thursday, October 25
Feature at Let Them Read Books
Friday, October 26
Interview at Among the Reads
Monday, October 29
Review at Maiden of the Pages
Tuesday, October 30
Review at A Chick Who Reads
Thursday, November 1
Review at Bibliophile Reviews
Review at CelticLady’s Reviews
Friday, November 2
Feature at Passages to the Past
Monday, November 5
Review at Broken Teepee
Tuesday, November 6
Feature at Hisdoryan
Wednesday, November 7
Review at The Book Mind
Review at LadyJ’s Bookish Nook
Friday, November 9
Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away 5 copies of Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.
Giveaway Rules
– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on November 9th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
– Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.
– Only one entry per household.
– All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
– Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Megan, for reading, reviewing, influencing, and just being you. I appreciate you!!!

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    1. Awww, thank you so much Sandra! It has been my pleasure to help spread the word about an amazing book by one of my favorite authors! <3

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