Emalyn's Treasure


Fiction - Inspirational
84 Pages
Reviewed on 09/07/2015
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Author Biography

Joy Ross Davis is of Irish and Scottish descent and a student of the lore and magic of the hills of Tennessee and the rugged beauty of Ireland. After a twenty-five year career as a college English professor, she traveled to Ireland and worked as a writer and photographer, publishing numerous articles and photos for a travel agency. During her months in Ireland, she traveled the northwest counties and found friends along the way, many of whom had ancestors who immigrated to the States and fought in the Civil War in the Irish Brigade. Her work centers around the paranormal, often including extraordinary and unusual angels. She holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and lives in Alabama with her son and beloved dogs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Barbara Fanson for Readers' Favorite

What is the treasure that Emalyn has hidden in the green velvet chair in her bedroom that no one else knows about? Emalyn still has dreams about what happened to her when she was six years old. She was struck by lightning that burned her body and she saw her guardian angel who told her to run. Emalyn does not trust Percy … she’s not sure why he frightens her. Her husband Owen cares about the boy, though she thinks he’s sneaky. Percy is 13 years old and walks with a limp that causes him pain and ridicule. He may be running with the wrong group of boys. Even Fiona, the woman who adopted Percy, doesn’t trust him. Fiona is Emalyn’s maid who helped raise her. Fiona adopted Percy when no one else wanted him. When Percy was a baby, he had been beaten, his leg broken, and left on their doorstep. They never did find out who his real parents were, until the end. She thinks Percy replaced the happiness in her family with tension and strain.

Emalyn’s Treasure by Joy Ross Davis features a young newlywed with the occasional flashback to previous tragedies in her life. The book is filled with happy times, sadness, and a few plot twists. “Her heart felt as if it had broken in two pieces, one for her and one for Owen” was such a sad and moving tribute to Owen. I could feel Emalyn’s pain. Author Joy Ross Davis provides a very graphic sad scene that has readers feeling broken, too. She provides good character descriptions throughout the book. Joy Ross Davis imagines what happens when someone dies, and describes it beautifully for readers. But, she also proves a happy ending for the other characters that survive.

Kathleen M. Rodgers

In a world full of brokenness and pain, along comes a storyteller that is so gifted, she pulls words from thin air and spins them into gold. Golden tales that stay with you long after you've turned the last page or closed your Kindle.

You say you don't believe in angels? Or special messengers? Maybe you will feel differently after you read this tale.

With the charm of a magician and the brush strokes of a master painter, Joy Ross Davis creates such vivid imagery of time and place, and characters as real as your own friends and family, that you'll feel like you are living inside the pages of "Emalyn's Treasure." You become the characters, experiencing each step of the story as it unfolds before you. And just when you think you've got it all figured out, along comes another surprise that leaves you laughing and crying at the same time. These are the best kinds of stories, the kind that take you on a emotional journey. One second you're blowing your nose and wiping your eyes, the next you are chuckling and diving back for more.

Other reviewers will discuss the plot and characters of "Emalyn's Treasure," but I wish to simply state that hours after reading this story, I feel as if I've dipped my soul into healing waters. At the time I ordered "Emalyn's Treasure," my family and I had just experienced several great losses back to back. Reading "Emalyn's Treasure" was salve to an aching spirit.

This is the third body of work I've read by this author, and I've come to respect how hard she works at her craft. And yet her craft never feels like she's labored. Her stories sweep you along in a natural rhythm. Joy Ross Davis' writing is truly her ministry. While you're here, go grab a copy of her debut novel "Countenance" and her short story "Olivia's Wedding." You won't be disappointed.