Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Millie's Treasure

by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Harvest House Publishers

From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes Millie's Treasure, the second book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, a new set of novels involving romance, adventure, and hidden identity.
Memphis 1890--Bookish heiress Millie Jean Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept at solving puzzles and cryptograms, she doesn't realize her new fiancé isn't who he claims to be, but instead is a charming scoundrel. The infamous Will Tucker is presenting himself as a British gentleman, Sir William Trueck, though in reality he is a crafty criminal looking for a hidden map to a secret treasure.
Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell has been on Tucker's trail for years. At last Kyle believes he has Tucker cornered, but he is uncertain whether the lovely woman on the con man's arm is an unsuspecting victim or willing accomplice. Finding reasons to spend time with Millie is easy. Keeping himself from falling in love with her is another issue entirely.
A fun and entertaining story of how God can shine the light of truth on the most cryptic circumstances.  

My Review:

Going back and forth between the past and the present is actually a very delightful premise, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have to admit, I found Millie really smart and astute, but I just have to shake my head at how naive she was at times! By the same token, Will Tucker is a most dashing and debonair man, who stops at nothing to get what he wants. 

This novel was a treasure hunt, a con man on the run, a guileless heroine, and romance all rolled into one! Millie is a strong woman who is not afraid to go after what she wants. Her father is consumed by guilt of the past. And her fiance is not who he is portraying  himself to be. 

I did find some of the scenes in the book to be a little contrived and far-fetched, but overall, it lent a different air to the book. There was a little bit of a steampunk feel to the treasure hunt elements, as well as the inventions that were not patented or invented yet. But it was a wonderful novel for anyone who loves an innovational Christian novel. 

This book was provided by the publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. 

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