Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Josiah's Treasure by Nancy Herriman - Reviewed

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Josiah's Treasure
Worthy Publishing (April 16, 2013)
Nancy Herriman


Nancy Herriman abandoned a career in Engineering to chase around two small children and take up the pen. She has been writing for longer than she would like to admit. Her work has been a finalist in several Romance Writers of America contests and she won the 2006 RWA Daphne du Maurier award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense. In 2009, she was an ACFW Genesis finalist. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

When she is not writing, or gabbing over lattes about writing, she is either watching history shows on cable TV or singing. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and sons, and wishes there were more hours in the day.


In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah's son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah's life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man's heart-and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.

My Thoughts:

His searching had come to an end, but it didn’t feel like closure.”  (p. 32)

Indeed, Daniel Cady’s search opened up an entirely new world.  Daniel had been searching for answers regarding his father’s abandonment for a very long time.  What he discovered at the end of his journey was Sarah Whittier.  It seems both Sarah and Daniel had been party to secrets and old grudges, broken dreams and broken hearts most all of their lives.  When their lives intersect, truth begins to spill forth.  The end result is something only God could arrange, using circumstances and truth to mend the broken places and bring about something greater than anyone ever dreamed possible.

Nancy Harriman’s novel, Josiah’s Treasure, is a treasure in its own right.  Harriman realistically weaves together a series of circumstances that are the natural outcome of human depravity – specifically, Daniel is a prime example of the effects of revenge and bitterness, and Sarah is the result of mercy and grace.  At least that is the premise.  Underneath there are details that both have gone to great lengths to hide.  Truth provides such glorious light – no matter how dark the circumstance! 

Light does indeed repel the darkness, and the story ends in a most satisfying way!  Josiah’s Treasure was my introduction to Nancy Harriman’s work, and I eagerly look forward to reading more of her stories in the future!!

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

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