Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Love to Treasure by Kimberly Rose Johnson

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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My Thoughts:
I think it would be awesome to go on a "treasure hunt" left by your grandmother for you before she passed away. That is exactly what Nicole Davis encountered. Her teaching job over and the summer ahead, she took off to a small town where she had special childhood memories. Her grandmother left clues for her to follow and some pretty amazing stuff. Nicole also ends up smack in the middle of some criminal activity - likely not part of her grandmother's plan, but certainly something that helped her grow and rethink some things in life.

Meeting Mark Stone was also not part of the plan, but as feelings develop, both he and Nicole must decide what the future holds for them and their relationship.  They both have past challenges to work through that may affect their relationship. Mark is new in town too, and just planning on taking a break from his regular job and spending the summer doing something different. Although, plans don't usually go as expected.

This is the first book in the Sunriver Dreams Series. I enjoyed this book, which I listened to on audio, although, I, personally, wasn't  thrilled with the narrator, but the story itself is worth reading and quite interesting. I really enjoyed the spiritual aspects of the story and how the grandmother incorporated those important qualities into her scavenger hunt. I enjoyed seeing Nicole's growth and working through her trust issues, as well as, reconnecting with God on her journey.  This is the first book I have read by this author, and would love to read another.

I was gifted the audio book from the author/publisher free to review. I was not asked or required to review it positively.

About the Author:

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 that 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.

You can connect with Kimberly via her website at:

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