This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Millie’s Treasure
Harvest House Publishers (August 1, 2013)
Kathleen Y’Barbo

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few.

Kathleen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She holds a BBA from Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School and a certification in Paralegal Studies, and is a former member of the Texas Bar Association’s Paralegal Division.

A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has four children of her own as well as seven bonus kids she gladly inherited when she married her own hero in combat boots. Kathleen is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.


From bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo comes Millie’s Treasure, the second book in The Secret Lives of Will Tucker series, a new set of novels involving romance, adventure, and hidden identity.

Memphis 1890–Bookish heiress Millie Jean Cope is as clever as she is beautiful. Unfortunately, though adept at solving puzzles and cryptograms, she doesn’t realize her new fiancé isn’t who he claims to be, but instead is a charming scoundrel. The infamous Will Tucker is presenting himself as a British gentleman, Sir William Trueck, though in reality he is a crafty criminal looking for a hidden map to a secret treasure.

Pinkerton agent Kyle Russell has been on Tucker’s trail for years. At last Kyle believes he has Tucker cornered, but he is uncertain whether the lovely woman on the con man’s arm is an unsuspecting victim or willing accomplice. Finding reasons to spend time with Millie is easy. Keeping himself from falling in love with her is another issue entirely.

A fun and entertaining story of how God can shine the light of truth on the most cryptic circumstances.

If you would like to read the first chapter of  Millie’s Treasure, go HERE.


I LOVE this series! The first book “Flora’s Wish” was excellent and it just might be possible that I liked Millie’s Treasure even more. It’s a hard call because I loved them both. What more could I ask for ? Millie’s Treasure is a historical romance with a dash of danger and suspense and the steampunk element made it all the more interesting and fun. I also enjoyed the historical Memphis setting of a city I’ve known my entire life. I once worked in a building overlooking the roof of the Peabody Hotel which plays an important role in the story so it was especially easy for me to visualize the scenes that took place there.

I found it difficult to put this book down and could easily have been tempted to read it during our church service (but I didn’t). The plot moved at the perfect pace and I fell in love with both Millie and Kyle. It was evident from their first encounter that they were perfect for each other despite Millie’s determination to marry Sir William.  In addition to the romance, the story is filled with adventure, danger, and drama and peppered with humor. Their faith is such an integral part of both Millie and Kyle that the Christian aspect was perfectly natural. The author is to be commended for her devotion to details, especially in keeping Kyle’s inventions potentially early versions of devices that actually exist today.

There is no way I can say much more without the risk of spoilers. Take my advice and don’t miss either of the books in this series – The Secret Lives of Will Tucker. Millie’s Treasure can easily stand alone but it is oh so much better if you have read “Flora’s Wish” first.