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Millie’s Treasure (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #2)



Title:  Millie’s Treasure (The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #2)
Author:  Kathleen Y’Barbo
Pages:  323
Year:  2013
Publisher:  Harvest House Publishers
                This story continues the chase for the elusive criminal Will Tucker.  Pinkerton Agent Kyle Russell has been assigned to the case of capturing Tucker as Lucas McMinn, the former agent on the case, has retired, married and started a family.  Kyle is now on the trail and won’t stop until he captures Tucker.  Kyle and Lucas are also partners in creating new inventions, which is Kyle’s first love as far as a profession is concerned.  Kyle is assigned a new case of looking for Confederate gold with a starting point in Memphis, Tennessee.  While there, he meets Millie Cope, a fellow scientist and book lover.  She fascinates him, frustrates him and soon has him thinking about her far too often.  Millie’s father is involved in some shady dealings.  Is Millie involved in her father’s schemes?  If it comes down to it, will he be able to arrest her or her father if they are criminals?
                Millie Cope is odd.  Her father has always told her it is so.  She disdains the “womanly arts” of sewing, cooking and housekeeping in favor of math, science and languages.  When a man suddenly indicates an interest in marriage, her father jumps at the chance for her to wed, thinking no one else will ever offer for her.  After all, she is 24 and not getting any younger.  Millie goes along with the idea so she can escape Memphis and her cruel father.  She just knows he blames her for the death of her mother and two sisters.  He can barely stand to look at her.  She knows their deaths aren’t her fault, but decides it is best to be quiet and not draw attention to her.  As the wedding grows closer, so does Millie’s feeling of suffocating.  She doesn’t love her fiancé, but maybe over time she will.  She meets Kyle unexpectedly and finds a kindred heart and mind.  If only…  She soon is spending more time with Kyle and falls in love with him, but determines there is no future for them.  However, before her wedding she discovers her fiancé has lied to her about several things and breaks off the engagement.  Now she is free to find her treasure and enlists Kyle’s help to do so.
                I would have given this story a higher rating, but it was very slow moving for the first half of the book.  After that, there is a search for pirate treasure, romance and a trap laid for an escaped criminal so the action picks up.  So don’t give up, because there is a good story with a wonderful, sweet romance.  The second half of the book flew by as I anxiously read to find out about the treasure and the romance.  A third book is planned for the series titled, Sadie’s Secret due in February 2014, which I plan on reading and reviewing.
My rating is 3.5 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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