Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads
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 rose above the horrors of slavery to build a new life in Ohio. According to family lore, Justice left South Carolina at the dawn of the Civil War. Heavy with child, she 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 who has arrived in town 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 begins to discover a family history more precious than gems, a tradition of love richer than she could imagine.
Birdies character is introduced quickly as a thief who has no qualms about taking what she needs and leaving behind places and people without a second glance. In her quest for finding her next big steal she goes to Liberty and gets much more than she bargained for.
She meets Hugh, a reporter who has everything to loose and needs to dig up dirt and get his career and life back on track. Both very dangerous for each other they should avoid each other but something keeps pulling them together.
I really disliked both Birdie and Hugh when the story started, their interactions with each other drove me crazy as they both acted like morons, idiotic teens. However as the story progresses they both became less annoying and I actually started to like Birdie.
I loved the stories of Justice and almost wish the story had 2 halves and visited the past although hearing it through Theadora or the other residents was fine too. The things that annoyed me really annoyed me and at a point or two I thought it was going to put me off the story but I am glad I stuck with it. It is a great story about self discovery, family and finding the things in life matter, 3/5 for me.
Available for only £2.13 (ebook) on www.amazon.co.uk
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