Author: Sandra Byrd
Series: Victorian Ladies #1
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Fabulous Victorian era novel showing a strong woman!
As the daughter and niece of the Sheffield Brothers, well know evaluators of antiquities, Eleanor has become quite adept at differentiating a fake from the real thing. If only she could have done that with Harry Lydney, the man who broke her heart. With the sudden passing of her father and the decline of her uncle’s mind, Eleanor finds herself with the potential of losing the firm that she loves since a woman is not allowed to run the business alone. When Harry’s father, Baron Lydney, a longtime client of Sheffield brothers passes, Eleanor is named the trustee of his antique collection. She must now decide whether to have the artifacts donated to a museum or allow them to pass down to Harry. If she donates them, she will build credit with potential collectors that could revive Sheffield Brothers. But Harry also claims that he still loves her and tries to show her that he is worthy of the collection. How will Eleanor decide this time?
Typically I’m not a huge fan of Victorian era fiction, but the synopsis for this one intrigued me. I’m glad that I gave it a try. The historic setting that Byrd provided brought the whole novel to life for me. I also really enjoyed getting to see a strong female character that wasn’t fully entranced with romance through the whole book. Eleanor was very intelligent and it showed throughout. Faith was also a great element in this book. I can’t wait to see what the next installment brings.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.