by Lisa Rumsey Harris
Sweetwater Books, 2012
ABOUT THE BOOK
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!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lisa Rumsey Harris is from Downey, Idaho, where she grew up writing stories and riding horses. She received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from BYU, where she now teaches writing classes.
As a writer, Lisa won the Brookie and D.K. Brown Memorial Fiction Contest with her short story, “Topless in Elko.” In 2005, her short story “The Resurrection of the Bobcat” won a Moonstone Award in the same contest. She also writes personal essays. “Honor in the Ordinary” won the Heather Campbell Brown Essay contest in 2006, and was published in Segullah. Segullah has also published her essays “I Look Like My Sister” and “Custodian of My Emotional Suitcase.”
Lisa lives in Orem, Utah, with her multi-talented husband, her two adorable sunshine daughters, and her ancient Siamese cat.
A funny, yet tender story of a young lady with a blessing that many would consider a curse. The gift/curse causes people meeting her for the first time to take a dislike to her, except the young or the old. This gift/curse has provided Treasure with many unique experiences many of them bad but it has also taught her to be persistent. I liked Treasure from the first sentence when she goes to hide in her bathroom to avoid a blind date (a blind date from heck) and has a scraggly cat named Howls. And I love Treasure as a teacher. Working in a school I see every day the impact the teachers have on the students and I admire them for it because it isn't easy. The way she throws herself completely into whatever she does despite the fact that there is a really good chance that disappointment waits around the corner.
This is a book full of delightful characters and many moments of laughter. Treasure's Grammy is one of those secondary characters who insists on becoming a main character whether you want her to or not. And I have to say that this is one of the most unusual love stories I have ever read and I loved it. I don't know if it's because it takes place in a school or because the love interest is a lunch 'lady' named Dennis who happens to be a former four star restaurant chef. If you are looking for a fun story with lots of tender smile inducing moments, I highly recommend this one.
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