Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A Love to Treasure by Kimberely Rose Johnson
Thanks for hosting me on your blog, Debbie! When I was first told I could write about anything, my mind spun with the possibilities, but nothing really grabbed me until today. J
A Love to Treasure is a fun story with a little mystery, a little suspense, budding relationships, and romance. But it is more than a romance book, it’s a story
about a young woman whose recently deceased, beloved, and quirky grandmother sent her on a path of healing and renewal. Nicole is on a journey to fulfill her grandmother’s final wish—a scavenger hunt in the resort community of Sunriver, Oregon.
Nicole has always loved Sunriver and although she should be spending her summer looking for a new teaching position, she is following the clues her grandmother left all over the resort community.
Coincidentally my own grandmother recently passed away. In fact just last week we celebrated her life at a memorial service. It was fun listening to my uncles tell stories about their mom—many of which I had never heard. Like the time she caught air while driving or the time they were moving their family from one side of the country to the other. Somehow she lost track of her husband along the way, but spotted him on the other side of a cornfield. Rather than take the time to go around the field she drove straight through it—this happened over fifty years ago. There were so many funny stories of things she did and not so funny reminders of the poverty she grew up in. I felt like I finally understood what made her who she was after hearing their stories. We laughed and we cried and it was a time for healing.
I love that Nicole’s grandmother, or Grams as Nicole called her, went to so much effort to give her one last fond memory, as well as an important life lesson. I imagine Grams had a lot of fun putting the scavenger hunt together.
My own grandmother on the surface was nothing like Nicole’s, but as I remember the stories my uncles told about her, I think they had a lot in common. They both deeply loved their family and would do anything for them and they both knew hardships. But most importantly they both loved the Lord.
My grandma didn’t send me on a scavenger hunt, but she did leave a legacy of looking at things with humor and making the best of situations.
Deep breath~ okay that was all a little heavy but A Love to Treasure is not. J In fact, for Nicole the summer she spends in Sunriver turns out to be a dream come true.
Have you ever had a dream come true? Has anyone ever surprised you with something special?ABOUT KIMBERLY:
Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing.
She especially loves romance and writes contemporary romance the warms the heart and feeds the soul.
Kimberly holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Book Blurb: School teacher Nicole Davis is on summer break, but this vacation is unlike any other. Her beloved Grandmother’s final wish has landed Nicole smack in the middle of her favorite destination—Sunriver, Oregon, following Grams’s clues on a mysterious scavenger hunt. Unexpectedly, Nicole finds more than just a fellow sleuth in a handsome police officer, Mark Stone. But Mark must return to his job in Portland at summer’s end, and Nicole must guard her heart.
Mark is hoping for a quiet summer in Sunriver as he contemplates his future in law enforcement, but a string of burglaries draws him from his self-imposed break from detective work and thrusts him into the middle of the investigation. To complicate matters, Nicole is in jeopardy, and he knows his growing feelings for her could cloud his judgment. Will their differing career goals be the end of their summer romance—or just the beginning of forever after?
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