Interview with Sandra Byrd – Part 2

Posted October 26, 2018 by Phyllis Helton in Author Introductions, Blog Tours, Giveaways /

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Interview with Sandra Byrd - Part 2

I have another interview with author Sandra Byrd to share with you. You can read the first part here. Have you read Lady of a Thousand Treasures yet? If not, click on that link to get to my review and pick up a copy!

Sandra, thank you for visiting Among the Reads again. I’m thrilled to have you here and to learn more about you.

What places have you visited as research for your books, and which were your favorites?

I’ve written books set in London, the English countryside, and Paris and I’ve loved visiting them all. It’s also been fun to set books in places where I have lived (Seattle, Arizona) and bring those lovely locations to readers who may not have ever visited.

How lovely that you’ve been able to go to Europe. I hope to go one of these days!

What is the craziest thing you have done in the name of research?

Sniffed smelling salts—ammonium carbonate—which you can still buy, for baking. It nearly knocked me off my feet!


If you could live in any time of history, what would that be?

I’d choose to live now as we have so many opportunities to explore, to connect, to be and do and see. I know we have challenging troubles (as has every era) but I still see hope and feel joy.

If you had the opportunity to live anywhere in the world for a year while writing a book that took place in that same setting, where would you go?

London, for sure, in almost any era. I am most interested in the Tudor and Victorian eras, so I’d return to one of them, the Victorian era, probably, because the city was larger, and more was going on.

Those would have been fascinating times to visit London for certain.

Which historical person would you most want to be able to interview? What is one question you would ask them?

I’d interview Anne Boleyn, and I’d have much to ask her. What I want to know though, is when she first realized it was going to end badly. I’m guessing that was earlier on that we might imagine, though I don’t think she anticipated, until the very end, that Henry would execute her.
It’s hard to imagine what that would have felt like, to realize your husband wanted you dead. Ouch!

What is one important truth from Lady of a Thousand Treasures you want your readers to come away with?

As Ellie, my heroine observed, every circumstance in life does not need to end happily in order for God to bring a Happily Ever After in your life. Every circumstance will not end happily – we will each encounter illness and heartbreak and difficulties. In another of my books, Bride of a Distant Isle, the hero quotes an old (and much misappropriated) proverb which says, “All will be well in the end. If it’s not well, it’s not the end.”

What a great thought to end this interview with. Thank you again for visiting.

Interview with Sandra Byrd – Part 2

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

by Sandra Byrd

Series: Victorian Ladies, #1
Published by Tyndale House Publishers
Publication Date October 9, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: England Victorian Era – UK – 1837 – 1901
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 480


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.

I would like to thank HF Virtual Book Tours for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series:

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Sandra's Lady of a Thousand Treasures Pinterest Board

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  • Harry
  • Mustard Seed Necklace
  • Blooming of the Glastonbury Thorn;  Glastonbury, England;  December 24;  By tradition, Glastonbury is the cradle of British Christianity, said to have been introduced by St. Joseph of Arimathea, who also brought and planted the tree.  Pilgrims visit.
  • pelican mother plucking from it's breast to feed her young when no other food available
  • Sevres ice-cream coolers from the service for Catherine II of Russia. The urn-shaped bucket has handles formed by caryatid figures with scrolling shoulders emerging from pilasters. Decorated with a turquoise-blue ground and upper frieze of gilded scrolls. - from The #Wallace Collection, #London.
  • Due piatti Savona, bottega di Giacomo Boselli seconda metà del XVIII secolo
  • Lady of a Thousand Treasures, Book 1 in Sandra Byrd's Victorian Ladies Series. Available October 9, 2018 from @TyndaleHouse! #VictorianLadies #LadyOfAThousandTreasures #ChristianFiction #HistoricalFiction #Romance
  • Marguerite
  • Ancient Roman glass flask unguntaria.
  • This splendid plate formed part of one of the largest majolica services ever made, commissioned by Piero Maria Pucci (1467–1547) of Florence, whose arms are visible at the center. Highly distinguished in the first half of the sixteenth century, Pucci family members served under the Medici popes Leo X (r
  • White Horse Hill, uffington
  • Name: Sophie Age:22 About: is the mare who cares for everyone else and would risk her life to save/ help someone. She looks for medicine all the time. No mate
  • Ball gown ca. 1855-65. Gold brocaded silk. Chester County (PA) Historical Society: "The open neckline and the exposed arms of the sleeves indicate that this dress was probably a ball gown. It has a matching capelet, or pelerine that provides a more modest look." Click through for huge, hi-def image.
  • Gertrude Jekyll - Most Fragrant English Roses - Fragrant
  • Arthur Streeton - South Kensington Museum under construction
  • Traditional Cornish Pasty and the Perfect Cornish Pasty Recipe
  • Augusta Auctions, March 21, 2012 NYC, Lot 225: Roskell Gold Pocket Watch C. 1820

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


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.
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  • Only one entry per household.
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    Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.

Lady of a Thousand Treasures

About Sandra Byrd

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.


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