Review: Treasure Me by Christine Nolfi + Author Q&A

by Casee Marie on June 1, 2011 · 16 comments

in Fiction, Reviews, Words with the Author

I’m very excited to share this next review; I was contacted in May by author Christine Nolfi with the invitation to read and review her novel, Treasure Me. A finalist in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards, Treasure Me is a fusion of mystery, romance and history that bounds from the Women’s Fiction genre into unfathomable depths. It’s a triumphant novel that sparks with warmth and honesty, brimming with emotion and leaving the reader with the genuine satisfaction of a remarkable reading experience. I consider myself uniquely fortunate to have had the opportunity to know it. In case it wasn’t obvious, this review will be something of a rave. I truly loved this book!

Treasure Me tells the story of Birdie Kaminsky, a petty thief with a good heart and the desire to live an honest life. Birdie comes from a long line of thieves and con men, but her family history dates back beyond her scheming relations to a well-intentioned plantation owner and the slave woman he loved in Civil War-era South Carolina. He freed the slave, Justice Postell, and sent her north with a treasure. The secret of the treasure spread like a rumor through Birdie’s family and at the novel’s fore we find the lovely thief headed to Liberty, Ohio armed with only a scraggly military jacket and a parchment holding the only clue to the treasure left by Justice: Liberty safeguards the cherished heart. While Birdie hopes to find her ancestor’s treasure and start her life anew, hard-edged reporter Hugh Schaeffer arrives in the small town determined to write a shocking expose that will send Liberty reeling. As Birdie and Hugh struggle with their secrets and burgeoning romance they find that Liberty and its inhabitants present more than just a material treasure waiting to be unearthed.

Deftly and with insurmountable charm Christine weaves the stories of many unforgettable characters into one rich tapestry. Each inhabitant of Liberty that buzzes around the Second Chance Grill, the local establishment where Birdie takes up work – from fiery, pistol-wielding matriarch Theadora to spunky thirteen year-old cancer survivor Blossom – touches the reader’s heart and brings them to a place where family means more than blood. It’s truly an enchanting novel that explores the depth of human kindness and reminds you never to underestimate the worth of a small town.

Title: Treasure Me (Second Chance #1)
Author: Christine Nolfi
Genre: Women’s fiction, contemporary romance,
Publisher: Christine Nolfi
Format: E-book
Release date: April 21, 2011
Provided by: Christine Nolfi (c/o)
Buy the book: Amazon
Connect with the author: Website/Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Note: I originally published this content on The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower. It has been reproduced here for continuity of review-writing history.

Treasure Me is currently available for Kindle and a print-on-demand edition is slated for release in July. I will absolutely keep you all posted of that release date, as well as the sequel novel, Second Chance Grill, which is due out this summer. I really can’t recommend Treasure Me enough; and it’s a steal (pun intended!) at $2.99 on Amazon! Don’t have a Kindle? You can download Kindle for PC for free!

Q&A with Christine Nolfi

Christine was kind enough to partake in a small Q&A for you all; here’s what she had to say…

Treasure Me boasts an impressively large cast of characters. Was the process of writing so many different personalities overwhelming?
Writing a novel with multiple points-of-view posed several problems. Each character’s knowledge of Birdie was limited, which restricted elements in the storyline as the plot progressed. Later, after I’d finished revising the manuscript, I had to ensure each character’s dialogue made sense based on what she knew at a particular point of time. Through it all, I had to take care not to lose the reader – I don’t know about you, but I dislike novels that force me rifle back through the pages to try to recall who a character is. All of the POV characters were distinctive so the reader would remember them and to create a richer reading experience.

What was your inspiration behind freedwoman Justice Postell and the chronicle of her life?
My late mother’s family is of French and English descent. My French ancestors arrived in Charleston not long after the Revolutionary War. The history is sketchy, but they may have been plantation owners. Given that, I’ve always wondered if I have black relatives that I’ve never met. This question is dear to my heart because I adopted four children from the Philippines and questions of skin color were common around the dinner table when they were growing up. I hope I portrayed in Treasure Me that “family” has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with finding people you love, and who will love you in return.

Your sequel, Second Chance Grill, is slated for release this summer. Do you plan to extend the Liberty series beyond that?
With luck, the women of Liberty, Ohio will catch fire with readers, allowing me to extend the series indefinitely. Second Chance Grill will appear on Amazon in June. The third novel in the series, The Impossible Wish, will be released in the autumn or in early 2012. I could easily write ten novels about the town – Meade and Finney have their own stories and romances, and I have a very poignant plot worked out for Theodora and her nemesis, Ethel Lynn. The response to Treasure Me has been wonderful and I’m hoping to write about the town far into the future.

Treasure Me was published in e-book format with a print-on-demand edition being made available this summer. Do you have any advice for blossoming authors who might be weighing the merits of both mediums?
The ease of electronic publishing may tempt a blossoming writer to put her first draft in cyberspace. You only get one chance to be a debut novelist – your first release must offer quality and enjoyment to the reader. Join a critique group and hone your craft before entering the marketplace. Start by releasing an e-book, which can be done with minimal financial investment. Once you build a readership then consider print-on-demand-a more expensive proposition. And never stop believing in yourself, even when your parents or your significant other questions the time investment you make to complete a novel. With enough perseverance, you will reach publication!

About the Author

Christine owned a small public relations firm in Cleveland, Ohio. Her articles and press releases have appeared regionally in The Plain Dealer, The Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Magazine and other media outlets. Her short story, Night Hour, appeared in Working Mother magazine.

Christine closed the firm fifteen years ago after she traveled to the Philippines and adopted a sibling group of four children. She has been writing novels fulltime since 2004.

Thank you again, Christine!

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Stephanie June 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm

This book sounds absolutely amazing. I have never read anything from this auther, but really look forward to doing so ASAP.

It is amazing that you get review books for authors 😀
Wonderful review hon. I look forward to checking it out as soon as it comes out!


Casee Marie June 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Thanks so much for reading, chica! The book was amazing. Definitely let me know if you read it. And I’m so glad you enjoyed the review! It was easy to write – I was actually afraid I may have rambled a bit, but it was really a fantastic read. (:

Stephanie June 1, 2011 at 6:26 pm

hahah no worries there. You didn’t ramble at all 😀 It really was an amazing review 😀

Christine Nolfi June 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Casee Marie, a thousand thanks for the wonderful review!

Stephanie, Treasure Me is available in the Amazon Kindle store:

If you don’t have a Kindle, Amazon offers free software that allows you to read the novel on your computer if you’d like.

Casee Marie June 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

And thank you again for the invitation to read, Christine!

I actually didn’t know Amazon offered the free software so that you for pointing that out, as well! I’ll be sure to add a link to the original post.

Stephanie June 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for letting me now!! 😀 That is awesome. I didn’t know they did that 😀

Laura June 2, 2011 at 1:41 am

I can’t wait for my exams to be over so that I can start reading again. I would love to read this book as it sounds like you really enjoyed it. I might wait until it comes out in print. I still really enjoy reading books and don’t really feel the same about reading on an electronic device. (My Grandma disagrees though, she thinks I’m old fashioned!)

Casee Marie June 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

I definitely did enjoy it. (: Do let me know if you give it a try! I completely understand, I was pretty determined that I’d never read anything but print until I got my Nook e-reader. It’s quite fabulous, and I love that it has a special technology that makes the screen look like an actual page from a book rather than a computer screen. It doesn’t feel all that different from reading a paperback – and it’s amazing for traveling because I can keep so many books on it, I never run out of things to read. 😉

Juju at Tales of Whimsy... June 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

Yay! I’m so glad you reviewed this one! Great review.

Casee Marie June 5, 2011 at 1:09 am

I am, too! Haha. It was a lovely, lovely read. Thanks, Juju! (:

Kristin June 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

What an inspiration she is!

Casee Marie June 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

Thanks, Kristin! She really is.

FASHION TALES June 2, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Casee I love reading your book reviews. This seems intriguing… I love that she said, “family” has nothing to do with skin color and everything to do with finding people you love, and who will love you in return.” This is certainly true. Thanks!

Casee Marie June 4, 2011 at 9:03 am

Thank you so much, Madison! I’m so glad you enjoyed the review.

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