by Liz Johnson
Penelope Hunter loves her job as the events manager at one of Savannah’s premier historic venues–until her ex-fiancé walks into her office with his new bride-to-be. To make matters worse, a scheming social matriarch is intent on seeing Penelope fired, especially if she insists on being seen with Tucker Westbrook.
Since returning from serving two tours in the Middle East, Tucker has built a thriving security company. His work is nearly as stabilizing as his friendship with Penelope, who has been by his side since childhood. But when the lone candidate for county sheriff goads him, Tucker loses his cool and ends up on the ballot–and on the receiving end of a smear campaign claiming the Westbrooks were traitors to the South.
To clear his name, Tucker and Penelope must join forces to find the truth behind a 150-year-old lost treasure. But the more time they spend together, the closer she comes to losing her job–and falling helplessly in love.
This is a charming conclusion to a fun series. One of those “best friends and then something more” scenarios. I found the story to be a delight.
I loved Penelope and Tucker, and their friendship. Having a best friend like that is something I’d always longed for. I didn’t grow up with a best friend. But a story where best friends fall in love…well, that’s kinda my story, and maybe that’s one reason why I do like these. (I just said I didn’t have a best friend growing up, so what am I saying…well, my hubby and I did not grow up together. But when we met, we became fast friends. Loved to hang out and all of that….and I was fairly certain that’s where it would stay. Until it didn’t. 😉 But that’s a story for another time…back to the review!!)
As in the others in this series, there is a hunt for treasure. I love treasure hunts. Bring in some clues from long ago, try to figure out what’s going on, and you are bound to have a fun read. Liz Johnson does these so well.
One thing about these characters that might be a bit much for some…they are constantly doubting themselves, their worth, and all of that. However, this felt fairly real to me, and something I could easily relate to. God does value each one of us, but it is so good to be reminded of that fact, and some of us sure need it more than others!
The setting of this story was also a delight. Savannah. So much history and charm. I love a good setting, and this one was just perfect.
If you are looking for a great contemporary romance with some historical bits thrown in, along with a hint of mystery, than look no further! And even though this is the third in a series, it will be fine read as a stand-alone.
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