Novels for grown-ups
Hidden Treasure by Margaret Rodeheaver
Welcome to the small town of Chinkapin, Georgia, where recently-divorced Laurie Lanton has decided to start her new life in a warmer climate. To keep her mind off her ex, Laurie joins her friend Mary and the other volunteers at the Treasure Chest, a charity thrift shop run by “St. Mark’s Across From the Tasty Chick.”
The Treasure Chest sells everything at bargain prices, and helps keep struggling St. Mark’s afloat. Two robberies, a leaky roof, and an invasion of mice give the volunteers plenty to talk about. However, the thrift shop and Laurie’s new job are not enough to keep her focused on her career goals and her vow to lay off men for a while. A couple of men quickly catch her eye.
Will she pick Chase, the interesting and talented musician and member of St. Mark’s choir? He sure is easy to be with, but there’s something in his past no one wants to talk about. And just when things are heating up between them, Laurie overhears something that throws their future into doubt.
And what about Jeff, the handsome painting instructor at the local arts center. Laurie delivers a Treasure Chest donation of old picture frames and paintings to the center, and later is shocked to learn that one of the paintings has fetched $1.7 million in a New York art auction. Not only that, Jeff intends to keep the money for himself!
Laurie has to find a way to convince Jeff to share the money, because if she can’t the Treasure Chest might have to close down, and then what will happen to St. Mark’s?
Hidden Treasure is a romance novel for the new adult market. It runs about 46,000 words. Seeking representation.
Coming soon: Finders, Keepers - the next book in the Chinkapin series.