Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume by Lisa Rumsey Harris

Title:The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume
Author:Lisa Rumsey Harris
Publisher:Cedar Fort Books
Imprint:Sweetwater Books
Pub. Date:11/13/2012
ISBN:1462110266 (ISBN13: 9781462110261)

With her love of sweaters, goofy hair, and awkward manners—not to mention her family curse—Treasure Blume knows love is not in her future. That is, until she matches wits with Dennis Cameron, a divorced chef with a six-year-old daughter. Full of mischief, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud humor, this is an unlikely love story you’ll want to read over and over again!

(Summary and cover via Goodreads)

Treasure Blume is a unique young lady. She does things her own way and enjoys it that way. One thing she doesn't enjoy is her family curse. Family lore shows that curses are passed down in different ways to the women in their family. Treasure's curse is that everyone hates her almost immediately. She is so off-putting that most people don't bother to get to know her. However kids seem immune to the curse, so Treasure is happy with her job as a teacher. Things start to change though with Treasure's new job. Life may never be the same for Treasure and everyone she meets as things begin to change for her.

This book was not at all what I was expecting. I thought I was getting a fairly typical love story, but instead I got a very interesting tale of a very strange young lady. I was afraid that Treasure's quirkiness might get a bit grating, but it never did. Treasure is just someone who lives life on her own terms and in her own way. I think some of the things she did were just a way to shield herself from the poor treatment she knew she would get from others. I particularly loved Treasure's grandma. She was a firecracker and someone I would always want on my team.

 I really thought that the way Treasure's family "curse" was dealt with was really profound. So many times there are things in our lives that we see as curses, when in fact we can use them to our advantage. Treasure had to figure out how to make her curse work for her. In doing that, she was able to find people who could look past their initial reaction to her and see her for what she truly was. This becomes a turning point in Treasure's life. I thought that Treasure was a fun and interesting young lady. This book is a fun quick read that will just make you feel good about life.

Book provided for review.

1 comment:

Lisa Harris said...

Lisa, thanks for reviewing the book! Glad you enjoyed it.