Tomorrow’s Treasure by Linda Lee Chaikin is a great read if you are looking for romance, courage and a leading heroine with spunk. The story revolves around Evy Varley, a daughter of missionaries, and her search for the truth regarding her blood line.
The story begins with Evy as an infant. Through a series of planned events, her birth mother loses her, and Evy is taken in by Dr. Clyde and Junia Varley, missionaries in Africa in 1879. There is mystique surrounding diamond mines, a famous diamond that goes missing, and a politically prompted massacre that lands Evy out of the hands of her foster parents (the Varleys) and on a ship bound for England.
Evy’s story begins again in England, where she is taken to live with her Aunt Grace and Uncle Edmond (Junia’s sister and brother-in-law). Evy’s life is constantly crossing paths with the local gentry, Rogan Chantry and his clan, and the docile local chap Derwent (son of a vicar), who all compete for her attention.
Through a serious of fortunate and unfortunate events, Evy pieces together the puzzle of her heritage and comes to fall for one of the locals, planning that one day they might marry and live happily ever after. The reader is taken through Evy’s life to womanhood, and experiences her trials and friendships, suffers her sorrows and losses, as well as rejoices in her triumphs.
Tomorrow’s Treasure is exciting from beginning to end. The ending is somewhat predictable, but it leaves the reader with a successful resolution to an interesting coming of age story.
After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.