Millie is my kind of girl. Smart, bookish (shall we say nerdy?) and strong willed. For most men, those are not desirable traits in 1888 (maybe not now either...). She can design fuel injectors but can't sew a stitch. The fact she's beautiful, however, does makes her desirable. Especially to swindler and cad Will Tucker. Remember him? Last we saw he was terrorizing poor Flora in Flora's Wish. He's back and not only has he tricked Millie into an engagement under a false name, he's making business deals with her father that may not be on the up and up. Millie wants free of her father's domineering and controlling manner, so she's willing to do just about anything to escape. Thank goodness for the mysterious aviator that flies her to the moon and falls in love with all her bookish, nerdy goodness.
I thought it a unique twist to build a series around the bad guy. The Secret Lives of Will Tucker may follow his path as he cheats one poor girl after the next, but the focus is really on the Pinkerton Agents that chase him and the love stories they find amidst their cases. I thoroughly enjoyed Flora's Wish, but have to say that I was even more excited by Millie's Treasure. Maybe it's my own nerdyness showing through, but the inventions/science and, well, Pirates - had it all beat. Great story. Looking forward to the next adventure.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Millie's Treasure, go HERE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.