Reviewed Novel: Josiah's Treasure




Title:  Josiah’s Treasure
Author:  Nancy Herriman
Pages:  320
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Worthy
                San Francisco in 1882 is the setting for a tale that includes mystery, action, adventure and intrigue.  Sarah came to start a new life, with a different name, earning a living by taking care of an elderly gentleman named Josiah Cade.  Josiah leaves all his earthly possessions to Sarah, who then begins to work at bringing her dream to life, that of opening an art studio.  Since being a good student of art and tutored in painting, she begins to use these assets for her bigger dream.  Her heart’s desire was to open a gallery, as well as teach art to women who possessed talent along with a willingness to learn.  Sarah’s girls became more her family since others refused to bestow on her their forgiveness.  Having once been a recipient of that, Sarah would take immigrant women, hone their gifts and sell their art work so they wouldn’t be out on the streets.
                Daniel came to San Francisco to obtain the wealth his father never sent to his wife and children in Chicago.  Since his mother’s death, he has been the sole provider for his twin sisters.  Now all he has to do is prove his identity as the legal heir without hurting anyone else in the process.  The residents of Nob Hill, where his father lived, all believed there was gold hidden in the home.
                When I started to read the novel, I thought I knew how it was going to conclude.  It seemed like a very entertaining tale, but not a book that was captivating.  I was wrong.  As I continued through the pages, it seemed the author hid within the midst a small seed hinting that there was more than what met the eye.  Bringing in interesting characters from all walks of life with various pursuits added flavor and mystery to the story, and it appeared as each layer was drawn back that there was a deeper story waiting to be discovered.
                Towards the end of the novel I couldn’t read fast enough to see how different aspects of the story were going to be brought together at the conclusion.  Was Josiah a father who left a wife and children behind to search for gold?  Was Sarah’s past filled murder and deceit?  Does Daniel stand to inherit a bulk of money after a long journey to find his long lost father?
                The author includes what I believe to be characters that reflect those who live by and with faith, as well as those who left their upbringing.  Why did they leave the faith they once had?  Nancy Herriman also paints with words the cry of the heart’s desire on earth, longing to be loved as well as embraced no matter what.  The theme most prevalent is forgiveness and various characters’ responses to it, as well as choices made when forgiveness isn’t requested or granted from others.
                My rating is 5 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/ .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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