(book 2 in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker)
By Kathleen Y'Barbo
About the Book:
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 fiance 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.
While reading Millie's Treasure I actually laughed at myself because I forgot who the book is really about. I expected that Will was going to be the main character, but there really wasn't much of him in this book which surprised me since it is supposed to be about him. I was halfway through when it dawned on me who Sir William was.
I enjoyed the tale of Millie and Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell. With romance with many puzzles to solve and a great sense of hope attached to the answers of these puzzles, the story quickly became an "up all night reading" book for me. I loved reading about Kyle's inventions and Millie's many questions on the subject, all the while trying to figure out just how and if they were going to catch the infamous Will Tucker.
The book held lots of surprises throughout the story and had great dialog between the characters. Some of whom have you laughing while others leave you hoping that God's best will come out of the mess they managed to created.
Through this story I believe author Kathleen Y'Barbo wanted to point out that even though there may seem to be no light at the end of the tunnel and no truth to be had, if you will place your trust in God He is faithful to bring clarity to all that is in the dark.
***Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***
If you would like to go on the treasure hunt with Millie and Kyle, you can get your copy from Christianbook.com or even amazon.com. It is an adventure you don't want to miss!
Be sure to stop by Kathleen's website to get more information on her and her wonderful books.
Kathleen Y’Barbo is the author of over 40 novels with more than 1 million copies in print in the United States and abroad. A former literary publicist, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award by magazine. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen has four grown children, seven bonus children, and her very own hero in combat boots.