Review of Buried Treasures by Mary Manners
When Caroline flees Chicago following the brutal murder of her husband, the last thing she expects-or wants-is to fall for Matt Carlson, a builder with strong roots in the small town of Mountainview, Tennessee. She needs to focus on raising her six-year-old daughter and protecting both their hearts from ever being shattered again. Matt is struggling with issues of his own...guilt over the death of his wife and the responsibility of raising a cynical teenaged nephew who is dropped on his doorstep, abandoned by Matt's alcoholic sister. He doesn't have time to fall in love, yet he can't help being drawn to the woman who is ready to defend her home-and her daughter-with nothing more than a feisty attitude and a broom handle. Can Matt's help and friendship convince Caroline to trust again...and when Caroline's daughter goes missing, will Matt be able to find the girl before it's too late and he loses everything he loves...again?
What a delightful story by Mary Manners. I could just imagine myself moving into the inherited aunt's home and starting over with a new career as high-school guidance counselor, raising my precious little daughter, Callie, and meeting the most wonderful man, Matt! They have both experienced such tragedy in their previous marriages and naturally they are reluctant and afraid to love again, but chemistry is there and they must see where it leads or give up and have a loveless existence. I was so drawn by the sincerity of the characters. I loved the church gatherings and functions the characters attended. It made me miss the churches where I served as pastor's wife. I would love to see a second book to tell what does happen next in the lives of Caroline, Callie, Matt, Paul, Andie and the others. I highly recommend this book to readers. I think you will be as happy as I am about reading this book by Mary Manners.