I enjoyed the characters in this story. Millie is not afraid to speak her mind and go after the things she loves, her dreams, I admire that.
Kyle is a great hero, he will do whatever it takes to protect Millie and go after the bad guy.
The search for Millie's treasure kept me reading. I wanted to see if and when they would find it and what would happen when they did. I can't say a bunch about that, it would give away too much of the plot. But there are many twists and turns in this book.
In case you are like me and expected Will Tucker to play a more important role in the book, I will tell you he doesn't. He is very secondary. I actually would have liked to see a bit more with him and his trickery.
I did feel that some of the developments in the story were a bit contrived and far-reaching. But I went with it and allowed the story to unfold.
For me this book was okay, not great. There wasn't the heart pounding romance I really like. Although there was romance I didn't really feel it. However, there are some moments when you are sure Millie's father is going to ruin everything for her and a very heartbreaking moment that takes place.
A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.
Millie's Treasure is the second in Kathleen Y'Barbo's Secret Lives of Will Tucker series. She calls it historical with a twist of steampunk, and that steampunk element comes through in this sotry because the hero Kyle Russell is an inventor as well as a Pinkerton agent. His inventions and workroom are wonders I'd love to see.
Millie Cope is a heroine I wanted to scoop up and protect. She's learned that the best way to get along with a difficult father is to disappear into the background and say as little as possible. The problem is she is brilliant and wants so much to escape and become the person she could be that she's willing to mary Sir William Trueck. Kyle has been tasked with uncovering a rumored Confederate treasure and arrives in Memphis on his way to test an invention. The two meet by chance and he is enchanted. Millie begins to realize she is settling and plots a way out, all the while searching for a family treasure that has disappeared.
I read the early parts of this book as the author wrote them and couldn't wait to dive into the finished book. I wasn't disappointed. I loved the interplay between Millie and Kyle. She befuddles him and challenges him as he shows her more is possible. When their minds tackle a problem, they are unstoppable. And through the story, there are strong overlays of faith, though it does not overrun the romance. I can't say that I've ever read a book with Steampunk layers to it, but I thoroughly enjoyed slipping into what could have been possible, even as the historian in me kept thinking not possible. This book is perfect for those who enjoy a well-crafted historical romance with threads of more.
"Clipped to the second page was an envelope with his name written in Henry's scrawling handwriting. Inside Kyle found a letter, a match and a key.
December 24, 1888
While I cannot be absolved from keeping you away from family on Christmas Eve, I can at least make up for the fact by providing a brief respite before work on this case begins in earnest on January 2. Arrangements have been made for rooms at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis form tomorrow night through the aforementioned second day of the New Year. Should you find that your work on the missing gold case requires it, of course the agency will pay for as many nights past that as you deem necessary.
Our friend Taft suggested that the rooftop of the as-yet-unopened Cottn Exchange building on Second Street might prove the venue for your test flight. To that end, he has secured access for you and assures me the three of us are the only ones who have knowledge of this. Thus, I hasten to warn that you must not be caught lest you alone will be forced to explain. And, per Mr. Taft, please remember to leave the key in the Weather Service office on the third floor before the service employee arrives at work after the holiday and realizes it is missing.
Consider this a small measure of thanks for your dedication to the agency. And no, I have not cleared this with Mr. Pinkerton, thus the need for the match. I am sure you will make good use of it, as always.
December 24, 1888
Cook was right. The best thing about marrying Sir William Trueck and beginning a new life in London was that Millie Cope would leave Memphis and everything she knew and once loved behind. And this was no small thing.
For she knew she could not stay, not when her life in this house was merely the wisp of a shadow slipping into darkness. As Sir William Trueck's American bride, she could step out of that shadow. She tried to recall that when fear rose to make its attempt at choking out good sense. And Millie Cope was nothing if not sensible.
After the death of her mother and two elder sisters, Julia and Sarah, to a yellow fever epidemic a decade ago, the distance that yawned between her and her father had become unbearable. So when Father brought his new business partner, Sir William Trueck, home for dinner, it was Cook's idea for Millie to smile sweetly in his direction. To allow him to court her when he asked. And, finally, to accept his proposal of marriage, but only if it came with the assurance that she would be allowed to live in England and have complete freedom to do as she pleased.
In the latest novel in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker, Millie's Treasure by best-selling author Kathleen Y'Barbo, takes us back into the life of Pinkerton agent, Kyle Russel who has been tasked at searching for confederate treasure believed to be hidden in New Orleans. What he doesn't plan on discovering is that his heart has been lost to a society scientist, Millie Cope who may just be at the heart of his investigation along with her father. Dabbling in inventions along with his partner Lucas McMinn, who readers got an in depth look at in the first book in the series, Flora's Wish, Kyle is hoping to test his latest invention, a flying machine during the down time in his investigations. What he doesn't expect to find is someone who can match his intelligence, skill and passion for science in Millie. Millie's just hoping for a chance to immerse herself in books and research in cryptology and begin her own search for her family's lost treasure. A treasure that may in fact lead her to more than a way to escape the plan her father has in store for her.
I received Millie's Treasure by Kathleen Y'Barbo compliments of Harvest House Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. I am completely charmed and enchanted by this series, because the women characters that Kathleen's creates are much like how I would envision my own life if I lived at that time. Struggling between what is expected of women from upper society and the desires of their heart, ones that don't conform to what society or their family believes an proper woman should do. They are strong, smart and at times fail to see their own self worth, believing what their family thinks of them instead, but along comes a true hero that shows them they are a unique and beautiful creation, designed specifically by God and captivates their hearts. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read Sadie's Secret, which reader's get a sneak peek at in the end of this one. There is also a discussion guide at the end that is perfect for book groups.
This was the first book by Kathleen Y'Barbo that I have read and it will not be my last.
Millie's Treasure was such an interesting and fun story. From the synopsis, I was expecting a man hunt, investigation type story, what I got was much more. There was science, history, pirate stories, and the lore of pirate's treasure. There was also a fun bonus, I don't want to call it steampunk, but the ideas kind of leans toward that direction. I will say the ideas mentioned were on the cusp of the inventing age. The Victorian era inventors is the best way to describe it.
Millie Cope is in the top 5 of favorite female characters that I have read about this year. She is smart, resourceful, hungers for knowledge, she is a crack shot, she doesn't bend under pressure, and she has a wonderful library! She hasn't had the charmed life, however. She lost her mother and two older sisters in a yellow fever epidemic. She is left with only her father. A father that doesn't approve of women learning and reading and keeping their minds occupied on someone other thing than their husbands, but that doesn't stop her from perusing her passions at any means necessary.
There is quite a bit that goes on in Millie's Treasure between Millie and Pinkerton Agent Kyle Russell, but it flows together wonderfully in to a thought provoking adventure. Millie and Kyle are on equal ground when it comes to science and solving puzzles, on paper or that of a questionable person. It was good to read a story, where the hero and heroine have a passion for knowledge and can exchange ideas which builds and leads you throughout the book.
Thank you to Harvest House, I received this book for free for an honest review.