Lady of a Thousand Treasures

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

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 unexpect...

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Title:Lady of a Thousand Treasures
Author:Sandra Byrd
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Lady of a Thousand Treasures Reviews

  • Renee

    I am not at all surprised that this book is FABULOUS! *Mild spoiler* I am forever ruined for all other romantic heroes by Lord Harry Lyndey and his speech at the very end of the book. It has to do with the book title. Trust me, you will swoon. This book really is a treasure! Full review soon!

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a rare delight. From the very first chapter, Sandra Byrd pulls you into Miss Sheffield’s world, one dimmed by loss but sparkling with a hope

    I am not at all surprised that this book is FABULOUS! *Mild spoiler* I am forever ruined for all other romantic heroes by Lord Harry Lyndey and his speech at the very end of the book. It has to do with the book title. Trust me, you will swoon. This book really is a treasure! Full review soon!

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures is a rare delight. From the very first chapter, Sandra Byrd pulls you into Miss Sheffield’s world, one dimmed by loss but sparkling with a hope of love returned. Victorian England was not an easy place for a woman virtually alone to succeed. The struggles that Ellie faces in a man’s world aren’t unlike what women in the workplace deal with today, but the story remains authentic to the time in sensibilities, setting, and characters.

    Speaking of characters—the dashing Harry Lydney. *sigh* He has broken Eleanor’s heart in the past and it seems as though he may have returned to do it again. This hero has got to be one of the best of ALL TIME! He is always a gentleman but has a slight aura of mystery surrounding him that is quite intriguing! He’s wonderfully complex and compelling, and while Eleanor is the heroine and the focal point of this book, and amazing in her own right, I couldn’t help but favor Harry—prince of my heart. Insert heart eyes here.

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures is one of the best books I’ve read this year. I am eagerly awaiting the second book in this series. It promises to be yet another delight from Ms. Byrd’s pen. Bring on the swoony heroes!

    ~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars, A Favorite! ~

    *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  • Megan

    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

    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.

  • Paula Shreckhise

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd is a treasure indeed.

    I found it hard to put aside this exceptional novel to take care of my daily chores.

    Sandra immerses us into the lives of Eleanor Sheffield, a curator and evaluator of antiquities, and the wealthy collectors who seek authentication for their treasures. Eleanor has been taught by her father and uncle how to tell an original piece of art from a fraudulent copy. She has learned to trust her eye to spot a forgery. Can she also trust h

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd is a treasure indeed.

    I found it hard to put aside this exceptional novel to take care of my daily chores.

    Sandra immerses us into the lives of Eleanor Sheffield, a curator and evaluator of antiquities, and the wealthy collectors who seek authentication for their treasures. Eleanor has been taught by her father and uncle how to tell an original piece of art from a fraudulent copy. She has learned to trust her eye to spot a forgery. Can she also trust her instincts when it comes to people? Can she trust her uncle’s failing memory, her firm’s longtime employee, or her own perceptions of her beloved’s intentions? It is clear she trusts God to keep her through the many difficulties surrounding her since the death of her father. It has fallen on her to conserve the reputation of Sheffield Brothers, a firm bult by her father and uncle, while forging her way for women to take their place in the business world of Victorian England.

    Sandra has done extensive research and even incorporates a few famous people of the time into the story. The legends of the horse pictographs on the chalk cliffs and the Hawthorne brought from the Holy Land were fascinating and added depth and richness to the novel.

    The romance was not lacking and was sweetly represented. The object of Eleanor’s affections, Harry, Lord Lydney, is steadfast, thoughtful and loyal to his friends. Harry and Eleanor share a meaningful faith. They show it by living the scripture that they quote. Eleanor has a heart for the downtrodden and makes friends equally above and below her station.

    If you are looking for a sweeping tale filled with symbolism, romance, and a Gothic flair— look no farther! This book accomplishes the task. Sandra carefully crafts the plot and authentically captures the flavor of 1866 England. Definitely among my top picks for this year.

    *I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing on behalf of the author. I was not required to give favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  • Melanie Dobson

    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 the Watchfield House. With endearing characters and impeccable research, Sandra Byrd has woven together an exquisite treasure hunt.

  • Laura

    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!

  • Michelle Griep

    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.

  • Jamie

    I’m all about trying out new authors and expanding my reading horizons, BUT I also love having my go-to authors, where I know each book I read will be (and is!) simply fabulous, entertaining, and always added to the bookshelf. Sandra Byrd is one such author and her latest, once again, did not disappoint.

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures brings about a fascinating piece of history – the wealthy and their love and obsession with artifacts. I found it fascinating that so much of history was stored in ho

    I’m all about trying out new authors and expanding my reading horizons, BUT I also love having my go-to authors, where I know each book I read will be (and is!) simply fabulous, entertaining, and always added to the bookshelf. Sandra Byrd is one such author and her latest, once again, did not disappoint.

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures brings about a fascinating piece of history – the wealthy and their love and obsession with artifacts. I found it fascinating that so much of history was stored in houses and mansions of the rich. I loved how Byrd brought that to life and how that played out in society.

    Plus Byrd knows how to write a romantic thread – never over the top, but always oh so fabulous. I definitely recommend adding this to your list, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

    Who is one of your go-to authors?

    (Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)

  • Beth

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures is another winning novel by Sandra Byrd. I was held fast by this story of Ellie Sheffield, a talented evaluator of antiquities, as well as a lady who has fallen on hard times. Trained by her father to spot the difference between a genuine artifact and a fake, Ellie is determined to keep her family business afloat. Of course, during this time, few women are trusted in this area of expertise, so Ellie work beneath the guise of her uncle, a talented man in his own right

    Lady of a Thousand Treasures is another winning novel by Sandra Byrd. I was held fast by this story of Ellie Sheffield, a talented evaluator of antiquities, as well as a lady who has fallen on hard times. Trained by her father to spot the difference between a genuine artifact and a fake, Ellie is determined to keep her family business afloat. Of course, during this time, few women are trusted in this area of expertise, so Ellie work beneath the guise of her uncle, a talented man in his own right, but whose health has recently declined.

    One thing that I always admire about Byrd’s characters is that they are fully creatures of their time. That is, they don’t unrealistically try to usurp all of the proprieties that society has thrust upon them. Ellie wishes to continue working, and in truth, must do so to support herself, but she is always fully aware of the precariousness of her situation. Did I wish she would speak out sometimes? Yes, of course! Would it have totally ruined the historical context? Yes! So, even when it was to her detriment, I only felt empathy for her, because she truly was doing all she could do.

    Once Ellie is appointed a temporary trustee of a wealthy client’s collection upon his death, she is tasked with the difficult decision of what to do with the priceless collection – donate it to a museum, or allow it to pass to the man who broke her heart and her faith in him, Harry. Circumstances and people themselves conspire to work against Ellie, and despite being nearly alone in her troubles, she can’t make herself forgive and trust him. Ultimately, when disaster strikes Ellie has to find a place of strength inside herself, apart from everyone – her dear father, her uncle, and even Harry.

    I truly felt that I learned so much while I read this story. The historical details are exquisite, of course, but as the reader, I also got an up close and personal view of how antiquities were forged and how the experts determined the real from the forgery. I don’t want to say too much about the plot, just that there is a bit of everything here – mystery, danger, despair, hope, and yes, a lovely romance. And that ending is so very lovely and well-deserved indeed!

    I was so eager to read this story, and now I’m so sad that it’s over. However, as this is book one of the Victorian Ladies series, my reader heart can rest assured that another wonderful historical is to come. Highly recommended to readers of inspirational, historical fiction.

    I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a review, positive or otherwise; this review is my honest opinion.

  • Staci

    Sandra Byrd has become one of my favorite authors. I love the way she weaves a Gothic tale with a good measure of light. In the first of The Victorian Ladies Series, readers learn a great deal about the hobby of collecting and the need to have evaluators to determine the authenticity of pieces of art.

    Main character Eleanor Sheffield is the daughter and niece of evaluators Sheffield Brothers. With her father passed away and her uncle ill, she is in a difficult position to keep the family busines

    Sandra Byrd has become one of my favorite authors. I love the way she weaves a Gothic tale with a good measure of light. In the first of The Victorian Ladies Series, readers learn a great deal about the hobby of collecting and the need to have evaluators to determine the authenticity of pieces of art.

    Main character Eleanor Sheffield is the daughter and niece of evaluators Sheffield Brothers. With her father passed away and her uncle ill, she is in a difficult position to keep the family business moving forward. Eleanor is an admirable character and it was easy to want her to succeed.

    The main male character, Harry Lydney, had moments of adoration, but many more moments where I found myself beyond frustrated with his actions.

    While not my favorite Byrd novel, I certainly enjoyed Lady of a Thousand Treasures and look forward to the next in the series. My gratitude to publisher Tyndale for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

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