Treasure on Lilac Lane (Jewell Cove #2)
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital
Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...
Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss.
But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?
One of the most important aspects of a romance novel is the trek the characters take to their happy ever after. We each have different preferences on what that journey should look like, from difficult and tortuous, to light and funny and somewhere in between. For me, the “in between” is the perfect sweet spot. In these type of stories, the hero and heroine are in a troubling place, but neither one needs to save the other. Each gathers up the necessary courage to move forward and as they move forward, new opportunities open. Of course one of those opportunities is a new love interest. In Treasure on Lilac Lane, Donna Alward hits that perfect spot, writing a convincing story of growth and change filled with warmth and genuineness. Treasure on Lilac Lane is a feel good story that just reaffirms our belief that dark days can be left behind, and better days are ahead.