ISBN #: 978-1463765248
Page Count: 350
(Taken from Amazon)
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: 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, will she discover a history more precious than gems, a tradition a love richer than she could imagine?
I understand the cover, with the flag exemplifying Liberty and the Civil War, but I don't know that I like it. I'm not sure I understand who the woman is supposed to be portraying. If it's Justice Postell, I feel it's a misrepresentation.
Right out of the gate, we meet Birdie on her 31st birthday hanging by her fingers out of her apartment window. From there, we follow Birdie to the town of Liberty, Ohio where she scams her way into a job and a place to stay. As luck would have it, the play she's staying in is above her new place of employment, which happens to be the very place she needs to begin her treasure hunt search.
On her treasure-hunting journey, Birdie gets to know more about Liberty, Justice and herself. Birdie realizes she wants more than just the treasure; she wants a new life. Does she succeed in obtaining her goal, or does her past secrets come back to haunt her?
Birdie - Blonde, beautiful, mysterious, independent... essentially every red-blooded male's fantasy. She has a difficult time allowing people, especially men, into her personal space and trusting them.
Hugh - Tall, hunky, dreamy eyes and is good at domestic chores ... basically a dream-come-true. He is a newspaper reporter working on a new angle to an old story in the town of Liberty.
Theodora - A spunky, elderly lady who doesn't give one wit about what anyone says about her. Once she's decided she likes you, she's fiercely loyal and would do anything for you.
Landon - An older man bogged down by depression. His daughter is concerned and wonders if he should be placed in a hospital for the mentally ill.
Generally speaking, this book has the most recognized aspects of a romance:
- Beautiful woman meets sexy man
- One, or both, have hidden secrets that, if they get out, will ruin them in the other's eyes
- Man and woman draw closer together through some turn of events
- One or the other's secret(s) comes out causing man and woman to argue and separate
- Both spend their time apart missing the other, but unsure if the other misses them
- Man and woman reunite with renewed fervor and passion, more in love than ever
I really enjoyed the plot dealing with the treasure hunting and all the other people of Liberty. The way the author brought out each of the clues was pretty nifty. I enjoyed it so much, I'm ready to see what happens in book two of the Liberty series.
So, if you enjoy a romantic treasure hunt with a bit of local history, then this book is for you! =)