Can love set your heart free?
Celia Orne has been given a chance to follow her dreams. With recent heartbreak and tragedy from her past dogging her steps, she hopes that a new life of adventure in Florida will give her a fresh start.
But then along comes Gem….
Gem Raglan is one of the most alluring women Celia has ever met – and she’s a shameless flirt. She also knows the beaches and islands of Florida like the back of her hand, and she’s more than happy to help Celia explore. What’s so bad about having a little fun with her, as long as it doesn’t distract Celia from her work?
Before Celia has a chance to step on the brakes, her feelings for Gem grow into something more than just “a little fun.” But Gem seems to be hiding something. Can Celia trust this carefree woman with her heart?
Some treasure hunts are more personal than others.
As a child, Celia lost her sister to cancer. As she watched her teenage sister suffer, she made herself a promise: she would, one day, find the “balm of all”, a legendary plant that can cure anything. Decades later, she moves from Michigan to Florida, into the house her grandmother left her, and decides to get back to her quest for the mythical plant. As an adult and a botanist, she no longer believes it can cure all ailments, but as a scientist, she nevertheless is very interested in discovering and documenting a rare flower. She meets Gem who seems as careless and free as Celia is quiet and dedicated. Gem knows all about the area and, as sparks fly between the two, they explore islands and beaches.
It’s a very sweet story, my first narrated by Tessa Stavers. I liked the narration a lot, once I got used to the new voice. I thought the “villain”, Drake, was a bit too much, but I really liked Gem’s great-aunt Agnes, as well as Celia and Gem.