Saturday, November 23, 2013
Petty thief Birdie Kaminsky has arrived in Liberty, Ohio to steal a treasure hidden since the Civil War. She’s in possession of a charming clue passed down in her family for generations: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart.
The beautiful thief wants to go straight. She secretly admires the clue’s author, freedwoman Justice Postell, who left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War and carried untold riches on her journey north. As Birdie searches for the treasure, she begins to believe a questionable part of the story: a tale of love between Justice and Lucas Postell, the French plantation owner who was Birdie’s ancestor.
If the stories are true, Justice bore a child with Lucas. Some of those black relatives might still live in town. Birdie can’t help but wonder if she’s found one—Liberty’s feisty matriarch, Theodora Hendricks, who packs a pistol and heartwarming stories about Justice. Birdie doesn’t know that an investigative reporter will trip her up—as will her conscience when she begins to wonder if it’s possible to start a new life with stolen riches. Yet with each new clue she unearths, Birdie discovers a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she’d imagined.
I was drawn into the story right from the first sentence, the more I read of the story the more I liked it. There were quirky characters, but more than that the story had a depth and mystery that made it more than a romance novel. Even though it is the first book in a series, it is also a stand-alone book.
This was a heartwarming, fun, emotional story and a few times I found myself laughing out loud as I read this book. Although a few things happening were a bit far-fetched, in the end the story came nicely together and all the far-fetched happenings fell into place. I enjoyed it so much I awarded it four stars.
This book is part of my Nook library.