- 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
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.
IN MY OPINION…
I have so many thoughts running through my head after finishing this book, this may get a little long-winded (there’s just that much to say). But I’ll do my best to rein it in because you’ll want to get to all of the stops and collect the clues for the fabulous giveaway.
First, let’s talks about Eleanor Sheffield. This young woman is a contradiction, much like the glass she collects, which she describes as “both fragile and strong, liquid and solid, opaque and clear, vibrant and strong. Complex as the best of us are.” Eleanor herself is strong yet vulnerable, self-sufficient yet prideful, suspicious yet trusting, and so much more. A woman in a predominantly male world, our heroine has a lot to prove.
Then there are the collectibles, the collectors, and the collections. Sandra Byrd presents all of this throughout the book in a way that is both entertaining and fascinating. With a bit of historical research, the author manages to make these physical objects another character in the book.
Now, let’s get to the heart of this story: Character. Not the player in the story but the heart and intentions of that person. From the first chapter, Eleanor’s task of determining where the Lydney family collection will go after the death of the patriarch requires her to comprehend Harry Lydney’s character. Is he the man his father claimed him to be, the one she remembers with fondness, or someone else?
As the story unfolds through Eleanor’s eyes, not only is Harry’s character revealed, so is Eleanor’s and a few others. As masks are removed and the truth is uncovered, integrity, honor, duplicity, and more are discovered.
Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a treasure chest full of gems of insight into history and the human heart. If it’s not already on your TBR list, you best go add it now because you don’t want to miss this one.
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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.
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: Maker’s
(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. Entry form will be live on the 19th once all clues are revealed. Clues for giveaway will begin at midnight October 15, 2018. Entries are opened at midnight on October 19, 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.
Be sure to stop on every stop on the Tour Schedule for all the clues to enter!
(All stops expected to post by 12:00 NOON EST)
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