About the Book
Book: Where Treasure Lies
Author: Amanda Tru
Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance
Release date: February 28, 2023
Two stories…thirty years apart. Will solving the mystery of the past provide the key to the present?
Scott Connelly arrives in the Suamalie Islands determined to acquire property for his father and leave as soon as possible. But he doesn’t count on the animosity of the residents, the fascinating local legend of a sunken Spanish treasure ship, or the highly unavailable waitress who comes to his rescue. The fabled treasure promises to buy his freedom, but even seeking it may be a dangerous risk.
News of her father’s death precedes Tavia Connelly’s arrival in the Suamalie Islands. Despite the hatred of the island residents, Tavia’s determined to settle her father’s affairs and return immediately to assume her role as head of the family company. But her father’s wishes require her to find out what happened long ago, given only Scott’s mumbled clues, crazy rumors, and a centuries-old fable.
Tavia should be safe after all those years, but her presence attracts a lot of resentment, and the ghosts of Scott’s enemies may still lie in wait for someone to come searching for a treasure that may have never existed.
But what if it did?
Take a trip to the Suamalie Islands where palm trees sway, the sand and sea pulse with life, and the people will steal your heart.
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About the Author
Amanda Tru is a best-selling author of over thirty Christian fiction books. She writes page-turning fiction to inspire real-life stories. In her own real story, she sheds her super-hero writing cape to be mommy to four kids in a small Idaho town.
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I love to mix truth with fiction. Sometimes I use my own experiences as inspiration for my stories, sometimes I use actual events, and sometimes I do both! When I started writing Where Treasure Lies, I wanted to anchor my fiction in truth. We’ve all read stories that featured a rather cheesy treasure hunt, and I wanted more than that. Besides the subject, the format of a dual time story made it even more difficult. However, a book isn’t worth writing if it isn’t a challenge.
What I found in my research thrilled me, driving my imagination to create a story even better than I thought possible. We’re all familiar with the fantastic tales of treasure ships in the Caribbean. But the story I wanted to tell was set on the fictional Suamalie Islands located a bit farther away—the Pacific. Was it even possible that a Spanish treasure ship could be in that area?
My initial research was discouraging. After all, the main age when Spanish galleons sailed the seas was from 1565 to 1815. The Suamalie Islands were supposedly not discovered until the early 1800s. And they were discovered by a French explorer, which didn’t quite fit my Spanish treasure ship idea. But the more research I did, the more it fascinated me. Starting in the late 1500s, Spain did run treasure ships to the Caribbean, but they also ran them the other direction, seeking the treasures of the New World from the western coast of the continents. Typically, they would set out from Manila in the Philippines, transporting spices, porcelain, and silk to Acapulco where they would trade them for New World silve, gold, gems, and other treasures. They would often make land in Oregon or California before following the coast south. Then they would turn around with their new load and take the treasure back to Manilla and then mainland Spain.
The exact trade route was kept secret. After all, if it were known, the treasure ships would be prime targets for pirates. To this day, the route of the Manilla galleons isn’t known. However, it is estimated that at least 30 Manilla galleons were wrecked, and not all of them have been found. There are even rumors that one of them was shipwrecked off the coast of Oregon!
With that information, I knew it was possible that one of these mysterious Spanish treasure ships could have passed by the fictional Suamalie Islands, even before it was officially discovered. And it would have been kept hush hush because of the secrecy of the trade route. And if one was passing by the island of Oli Oli when there happened to be a big storm… And if residents of the island of Oli Oli told a local legend about such a ship (similar to what is told today even in Oregon)… And if certain characters came to the island and heard the tale… Maybe, just maybe, they would go searching. Whether or not they found a treasure, that search could be a story. And if two different people were searching for the same treasure thirty years apart, maybe readers would want to go on the search with them!
I won’t reveal any spoilers. I won’t say if a Manilla galleon is found, or if four hundred years later such a ship would still contain treasure. However, I hope you will still find treasure as you read this book. In 2023, finding a wonderful story, filled with mystery, romance, and adventure with a few deeper truths mixed in is a wonderful treasure indeed.
I am very excited to be starting a new series where islands come to life among secrets and hope. This first book is a dual time story rich in history and lays the foundation for a promising adventure. The author has created characters that made me want to travel with them as they searched for answers.
As the story opens we are introduced to Scott. I liked how he was determined to fulfill his task presented by his father. Maybe he was a bit too sure of himself. The tension in the air as he entered the little diner was felt by everyone. Scott is not welcomed there and soon finds out that danger comes in different forms. The locals don’t like change and want to keep their islands safe from progress. I can’t image being in a town knowing that I was disliked by everyone. How do you find answers you need when no one will be civil to you?
Moving to the present we meet Tavia who has traveled to the islands to settle her father’s affairs. With an almost same welcome as her father’s, Tavia is met with islanders who will not help her at all. Much like her father thirty years ago, they will not put out welcome mats for her. Her father has left a lasting impression on this place that follows her into danger. I wanted her to unravel the mystery of the treasure that has been a rumor for so long. She thought maybe Luc would be the answer she needed to help her, but I’m not sure if he is happy to be around her.
The two time lines are very intriguing and the author delivers the perfect storm when past and present collide. There are moments of intense drama throughout the story. One was when Tavia and Luc are diving. We can vividly see the beautiful creatures swimming by as they go deeper under water. In an instant everything changed. Did someone sabotage Tavia’s air tank? I was on the edge of my seat as the scene unfolded. We witness a beautiful love story between two people who are desperate to be with each other. Will they be able to move forward or will lies and control keep them apart?
I fell in love with this story and have a new appreciation for the author’s talent. She delivers a story that shared her research to make the book more realistic. The characters are very well developed and the faith element is centered within the depths of each character. Come join the adventure as we travel to an island rich in history, danger, secrets, lost love and new relationships. What treasure are you seeking in your life?
“The past should not dictate our future.”
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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I enjoy dual timeline stories. One that takes place on an island and involves possible treasure sounds fascinating.ReplyDelete
Sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.ReplyDelete
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked the book! Your review makes me want to read it! But since I'm the one who wrote it, I guess I should work on book 2 instead!ReplyDelete
Now I want to read this series, too!ReplyDelete
Nice review. Sounds like another great series.ReplyDelete