3 out of 4 stars
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Tyler Harrington, heartbroken and cheated out of love and life generally by his ex-girlfriend, travels to another part of America where he hopes to start life from scratch. He buys a house that, unknown to him, has a connection with his ancestral root. He discovers shocking revelations about his relationship with this sweet-potato-producing area, treasures hidden for generations, and most importantly, love. Treasure Found by Tim Grossi is divided into two parts and tells the story of how a young man finds connections to his past, precious gems, and true love. His life becomes the center of attraction after he discovers the existence of age-hidden treasures and history in the house he recently acquired. How will he handle this and his new relationship?
Tim did a very good job in telling this story in a simple, clear, and understandable manner. This is noticed in the division of the book into two parts. The first part, which happened generations ago, enhances a better understanding and appreciation of the second part of the book.
I identified a few negative aspects of the book. First, the author did not employ the literary tool of suspense in telling the story. There is nothing to anticipate, no plot twist, or even any detail that will make one hooked on the book. Also, the use of foul words and profanities was so much in the book. There were only a few events where Serena did not use profanities. Also, the abilities of some of the characters in the book were exaggerated and made to be more unbelievable than what is obtainable in real life. For example, it is incredulous to say that Aunt Pia, at the age of ninety-five, could still do all that she did in the book, which included cooking.
There are positive aspects of the book also. The book teaches important life lessons like love, contentment, joy, and support from friends. This is exemplified in the almost-brotherly relationship Virgil maintained with Zack and his family. Zack had even given up his life to maintain a secret between both families. Also, I loved the relationship between Serena and her friends on the one hand and Tyler and Kathy on the other hand. Although the book is entirely fictional, there are notes at the end of the book which show the amount of research the author had invested in giving this piece of fiction a touch of reality.
I found the book interesting; nevertheless, the storyline is not captivating enough. There are also a few errors that can be found in the book. This shows that the book was professionally edited. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I deducted a star because of the negative aspects I had talked about. I recommend this book to lovers of history, love, and treasure discovery.
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