Millie's Treasure, book #2 in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker by Kathleen Y'Barbo takes us on an adventure with Kyle Russell and Millie Jean Cope. Kyle is an inventor and Pinkerton agent. Millie is a very forward thinking young lady who loves reading, science and things frowned upon for a young lady in the late 1800's. On New Years Eve Millie goes up on the Cotton Exchange roof and comes across a mystery man who is testing his flying machine. He quickly realizes that Millie is not an empty headed female and is drawn to her. Millie's adventures begin when he takes her for a ride on his flying machine.
I do not write spoiler reviews so I will let you read this highly entertaining book for yourself. You will be very glad you did. I give this book 5 stars and plan to read book #1 in the series.
I was given an ebook of Millie's Treasrue by Harvest House and Netgalley for my honest review. I was not paid in any way for this review.
This is not your typical historical novel; though the setting is well researched regarding time and place, it actually borders on fantasy, based on legend rather than historical fact. The tales surrounding Jean Lafitte and his treasure are fascinating; I had no idea that there were connections (tenuous though they may be) between Lafitte and the stories of hidden Confederate gold. Even if it is not necessarily how history went, it is fun to hear them and wonder how close they are to the truth. The steam punk aspect - the inclusion of inventions that have not yet been patented and quite possibly not completely invented - also adds to the fantastic feel of the novel. Really, how romantic would it be to have the gentleman of your dreams appear in your window, ready to whisk you off on a romantic flight beneath the stars?
While it is a light-hearted novel, "Millie's Treasure" does touch on a couple serious issues - Millie's father, wracked by grief and guilt, has pulled away from his only surviving child, feeling guilt for her mother's and sisters' deaths every time he looks at her, afraid to show his love. Millie must fight to find a way to be herself in a society and under the authority of those who disapprove of her interests and desires. It is a fun, clean, read, full of romance and adventure. 4 out of 5 stars
While reading Millie's Treasure I actually laughed at myself because I forgot who the book is really about. I expected that Will was going to be the main character, but there really wasn't much of him in this book which surprised me since it is supposed to be about him. I was half way through when it dawned on me who Sir William was.
I enjoyed the tale of Millie and Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell. With romance with many puzzles to solve and a great sense of hope attached to the answers of these puzzles, the story quickly became an "up all night reading" book for me. I loved reading about Kyle's inventions and Millie's many questions on the subject, all the while trying to figure out just how and if they were going to catch the infamous Will Tucker.
The book held lots of surprises throughout the story and had great dialog between the characters. Some of whom have you laughing while others leave you hoping that God's best will come out of the mess they managed to created.
Through this story I believe author Kathleen Y'Barbo wanted to point out that even though there may seem to be no light at the end of the tunnel and no truth to be had, if you will place your trust in God He is faithful to bring clarity to all that is in the dark.
***Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***
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.
**This book was provided free by the publisher for my true and honest review**
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?
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