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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.