Authors Showcase: Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi
February 26, 2015
The Book: Treasure Me
The Author: Christine Nolfi
The Story: Welcome to Book One of The Liberty Series, where love, friendship and family life arrive with a second chance in the most heartwarming circumstances.
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.
The books of The Liberty Series work as stand-alone novels you may enjoy in any order. Look for the other books in the series: Second Chance Grill, The Impossible Wish and Four Wishes.
About Christine Nolfi:
Award-winning author Christine Nolfi provides readers with heartwarming and inspiring fiction. Her 2011 debut Treasure Me is a Next Generation Indie Awards finalist.
The Midwest Book Review lists many of her novels as “highly recommended” and her books have enjoyed bestseller status. She has also written the manual for writers Reviews Sell Books. Visit her at www.christinenolfi.com
Review by Betty L. Dravis:
When I discovered that the author of this book, Christine Nolfi, is from my home state of Ohio and the story is set there, I just had to read it. And neither she nor the book let me down!
Treasure Me is a fun, exciting read about a petty thief who is set on that road as a child when her mother uses her to lure men in her many con games.
Beautiful Birdie Kaminsky has been on her own since the age of sixteen when she escapes from her mother who is fleeing to Mexico. Birdie is tired of being dragged from state to state, from place to place, tired of always running from the law… My heart goes out to this poor, lonely young woman.
The one constant in Birdie’s life has been her grandmother who tells her stories about her ancestors and is the only one who truly loves her. When her grandmother dies she gives the girl some family keep-sakes and tells her about a portrait that supposedly holds a clue to riches hidden by a legendary ancestor. With nowhere else to go and the life of a thief ingrained in her, Birdie heads for Liberty, Ohio, intending to find the treasure and steal it.
But she doesn’t count on meeting Hugh, a dashing young reporter who’s in town to save his job. Hugh thwarts her plans at every move, but they are attracted to each other at first sight. She doesn’t count on falling in love with Hugh, with the town and the women of the Last Chance Grill, either.
Birdie truly respects her ancestors and after she gets closer to Hugh and the townfolk, her conscience begins bothering her. Can she carry out her plot and ride off into the sunset, wiser and richer?
Who are Birdie’s ancestors? Are any of the current residents related to her? She suspects that the town matriarch Theodora knows a lot more than she’s telling and that she might be related in some way. Does she find the treasure? If so, will she be able to keep it and start a new life with Hugh…or will their differences keep her and Hugh apart to go their separate ways?
How does one of her mother’s ex boyfriends fit into the plot? Why do I love the feisty, wise and witty Theodora so much? And who is thirteen-year-old Blossom?
These questions and many more are answered with aplomb by this talented author who keeps you guessing till the end. Nolfi leaves no loose ends as she sends her readers on unexpected twists and turns, weaving her way to the satisfying ending of Treasure Me.
Liberty turns out to be a quaint, charming town that Nolfi paints with deft strokes of her keyboard. She is excellent at dialogue and description, but what I enjoyed most about her writing is her excellent pacing. She dropped clues at just the right places to keep me turning the pages with lightning speed.
This is a stellar debut novel. I lost my heart to Birdie and rooted for her every step of the way. I look forward to reading more “gems” from this new author. I treasure this book and the fun I had reading it. Humor, mystery, intrigue, treasure hunts and love! Who could ask for more?
I could! I’d love to see this made into a movie. I can see it as a modern-day, Western comedy. (I know it’s set in Ohio, but that could be changed to Texas or California. I can picture someone like Jennifer Aniston as the adorable Birdie and Colin Farrell as Hugh. Wouldn’t that be a winner?)