Series: The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, Book 2
Date Published: August 1, 2013
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Author: Kathleen Y'Barbo
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical Romance
Book Source: I received this book for free from Harvest House Publishers for my honest opinion.
From bestselling author Kathleen Y'Barbo comes Millie's Treasure, the second book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, a new set of novels involving romance, adventure, and hidden identity.
Memphis 1890--Bookish heiress Millie Jean Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept at solving puzzles and cryptograms, she doesn't realize her new fiancé isn't who he claims to be, but instead is a charming scoundrel. The infamous Will Tucker is presenting himself as a British gentleman, Sir William Trueck, though in reality he is a crafty criminal looking for a hidden map to a secret treasure.
Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell has been on Tucker's trail for years. At last Kyle believes he has Tucker cornered, but he is uncertain whether the lovely woman on the con man's arm is an unsuspecting victim or willing accomplice. Finding reasons to spend time with Millie is easy. Keeping himself from falling in love with her is another issue entirely.
A fun and entertaining story of how God can shine the light of truth on the most cryptic circumstances.
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RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y'Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.
Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University's Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association's Paralegal Division.
A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y'Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots. Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.
Small talk. He detested it. And yet he found himself wishing he could remain in this chilly attic room and talk about anything but what was really important. Instead, he moved toward the window and away from the woman who tempted him so.
"I shall continue to search for the treasure whether you accept my offer to help or not," she said when he met her gaze. "I have no choice."
"Nor do I," he admitted as he exstinguished the lantern and plunged the room into silver shadows and puddles of moonlight. "Which is why I cannot accept." He reached for the curtains. "However, you have my word that what we have discussed here will go no further."
She was moving toward him now. "And the kisses?"
"I thought we have covered that point. Am I mistaken?"
"We covered the first two times we kissed." She stepped within his reach, her gaze holding his. "However, we have made no such arrangement with the third."
Only an idiot would have missed that hint. And he was a certified genius.
Gathering her in his arms, Kyle inhaled once more the floral scent that was al Millie. A scent he would commit to memory and recall often until the Lord showed him how the two of them might find their way back to each other. He bent his head toward her only to find her finger pressed against his lips.
"Do not think this is agoodbye kiss, Kyle," she whispered, "for I promise you I will see you again." She gave him a meaningful look and a wry smile. "And I always keep my promises."
"As do I," he said before he captured her lips with his.
She put her arms around his neck and kissed him back. Time stood still.
"I fear I have made a mistake," he finally managed with a whisper that sounded far too rough for his ears.
"Oh?" Her eyes widened even as he traced the line of her jaw with his knuckle.
"Yes, a terrible mistake." He smiled. "I should have waited to photograph you, now. Like this." He reached to wrap a dark strand of hair around his finger and then met her gaze once more. "Freshly kissed."
Millie Cope is a Lady of society in Memphis Tennessee but no one knows that she lives under the thumb of her tyrannical father, Silas Cope. After her mother and two sisters succumbed to the fever, her father became unbearable, often going into fits of rage. Millie loves studying science, inventing and reading but her father refuses to have those things in his home. Millie knew she had to get out of that house and out from under her father's rages and watchful eye so when Sir William Trueck started calling on her, she saw it as her means to escape. Marry Sir William and move to England. Until the night she met a strange but handsome man on the roof of the Cotton Exchange building. Millie is determined to find the hidden treasure of Jean Laffitte. She knows the answer lies in the cypher she wears around her neck and she also knows Kyle Russell is the perfect person to help her find it. But, somewhere alone the way, Millie losses her heart in the process.
Kyle Russell is a Pinkerton Agent by profession but a scientist and inventor at heart. When his boss sends him on a job searching for stollen Confederate gold, he is also on the search for Will Tucker, a thief that preys on unsuspecting ladies. Will Tucker escaped from Angola Prison and Kyle has made it his mission to find him. While on his search in Memphis, Kyle sees this as the perfect opportunity to test his flying machine and what better place to test it but the roof of the Cotton Exchange building. What he doesn't expect is an audience in Millie Cope. Beautiful, smart Millie Cope. She is everything he has been looking for in a woman and once he takes her for a ride on his flying machine he knows there is no turning back. With a thief to catch and hidden treasure to be found, Kyle sets out on a journey with Millie. Will the treasure he finds be Millie's heart?
This was a fun, romantic and even intriguing book. Flying machines, gadgets and contraptions, oh my! Every situation Kyle got into he only had to reach into his pocket and pull out a new gadget to accomplish his goal. He was a regular 1800's Agent 007 in action and I loved that. Being scientists, Kyle's and Mille's minds were always thinking. I could see the wheels turning inside their brains on several occasions but when it came to romance they were spot on. The romantic scenes were so sweet and done very tastefully. I found myself sighing quite often. I also loved the author's knowledge and attention to detail. I learned alot about inventing and Jean Laffitte and I have always been fascinated by the Pinkerton Agency. It has the right ammount of spiritual overtones without trying to overload the reader with Biblical information. It had a touch of humor, romance and was overall a very satifying read. I DO recommend it to anyone that likes Inspirational Historical Romances.