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Treasure on Lilac Lane: A Jewell Cove Novel

by Donna Alward

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I thought this was a fantastic story. From the start I didn't think there was any way this could be a love story but the author masterfully brought the characters around making the whole thing feel so real. He's a wounded veteran who loses himself by drinking. She has no patience for his drinking and is down right nasty about it. We discover she has secrets of her own. A beautiful story of acknowledging your own flaws and working like hell to overcome them for love. Very emotional read and one I recommend for everyone. ( )
  Bette_Hansen | Nov 3, 2015 |
I have not read the first book in this series, but that was okay. This is a good, stand-alone book. Jess lives in Jewell Cove, along with Rick. Once a teenage star in the town, Rick is now a returning veteran, trying to come with grips with his wartime service. He has lost a hand and has a prosthesis. He is falling quickly in alcoholism. He is bothered by memories of one comrade who died when he was injured. Jess is the opposite. She comes from a big, well-loved family and owns a small gift shop in town. Jess can do no wrong in everyone’s eyes. However, there is a secret lurking in her past. A few years earlier, Jess had hooked up with one of the town’s young men, who turned out to be an abuser. Jess fled him and started anew, but only her brother knows about the abuse. This is the story of how jess and Rick come together, work through their past histories and the impacts these histories have on their lives and find each other in the process. I enjoyed reading this novel. The author has dealt well with PTSD in the case of both Jess and Rick. However, for most of the book, I saw great character development of both Jess and Rick, but I really didn’t see the chemistry I wanted to see between them. There were times when I thought the two of them were definitely made for each other and went together nicely, but there were just as many times when they didn’t seem to jive together all that well, times when I wondered where the author was going with the story. In the end everything turned out well, but getting there for me just was not easy. In addition to this budding romance, there are other fascinating twists and turns in the story line, but they really remain secondary to their romance. As can be expected, the town is a typical small town, with lots of colorful characters/residents, most of whom have a history together and interact with each other as you would expect from small town residents. The author has definitely got the small town aspect down pat and it rings true. I think this is a book anyone who enjoys romances will enjoy. Like so many others, it takes place in a small town and delves well into the daily lives and routines of small town residents while letting the reader enjoy the Jess Rick romance as it develops. I only wish the chemistry between Jess and Rick, as I said, had been stronger. Still, it is there and it is real. After reading this book, I am going to look for the first book in the series, so I can learn more about the characters I have grown to like and am interested in. I received this from NetGalley to read and to provide and honest review. ( )
  KMT01 | Nov 5, 2014 |
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"Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand, until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store. Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service, then again, Jess isn't that same young, na?ive girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them--one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined--both are wary about opening their hearts to love and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart--or can love find a way to heal them both?"-- From back cover.… (more)

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