The Secret of the Treasure Keepers by A.M. Howell
Revealed By: Usborne
Launched: thirty first March 2022
Score: 4 ★
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Ruth has been whisked off to the lonely Rook Farm to analyze the invention of long-buried treasure along with her mom. However on the farmhouse, she finds secrets and techniques lurk round each nook. Joe, the farmer’s son, is hiding one thing concerning the treasure, whereas land woman Audrey watches their each transfer.
However earlier than Ruth can discover out extra, the treasure is stolen… With a storm coming, Ruth should race to uncover the secrets and techniques of the treasure keepers earlier than all of their lives are modified without end.
Set off Warnings: Divorce, warfare, PTSD, parental dying.
It’s February 1948 and Ruth and her mum are on the remoted Rook Farm to discover and look into the invention of some treasure, buried for a few years. While on the farmhouse, Ruth discovers that secrecy lurks in each inch of the home. Joe, the farmer’s son is being very secretive concerning the discovered treasure, and Audrey, the land woman follows their each transfer. When the treasure is stolen, Ruth should act quick to uncover the thriller behind the theft and the habitants of the farm, earlier than lives are modified drastically.
I used to be by no means an enormous fan of historic center grade, that was till I got here throughout books by A.M. Howell. After studying her first launch The Backyard of Misplaced Secrets and techniques, a brand new love for the style was shaped, and I’ve since devoured all of her releases, adoring everybody. So, you may think about my pleasure after I discovered she was releasing a fourth e-book – The Secret of the Treasure Keepers. I used to be aching to dive into this one and see what it had in retailer for me, and properly I wasn’t disheartened in any respect.
We observe 12 12 months previous Ruth, as each she and her mom are adjusting to life in post-war London. Her mother and father are additionally getting divorced, leaving Ruth frightened about the place she’s going to stay, particularly as instances are laborious for herself and her mom, an aspiring archaeologist. While her mum is being interviewed for a job on the British Museum, Ruth hears a cellphone name and is unable to withstand answering it. Ruth answering the cellphone leads her on an journey to Rook Farm to uncover secrets and techniques galore. The very first thing I beloved about this e-book was the setting! Howell all the time units her books throughout the East of England and as that is the place grew up and nonetheless stay to this present day, I discover consolation in these settings, figuring out that my area is behind it. It’s additionally fascinating to study how my area coped in post-war instances, and I commend Howell for the way a lot analysis will need to have gone into the planning and drafting of this e-book.
This was such an intriguing thriller to unravel, and I discovered myself immediately drawn into Ruth’s dedication to uncover the secrets and techniques of Rook Farm and its treasure. It was somewhat enjoyable to try to work out the secrets and techniques myself because the story went alongside, and I need to say, I used to be shocked at instances by what I found. There have been many twists and turns throughout the plot itself, and this was the explanation why I couldn’t put this e-book down, irrespective of how laborious I attempted. In addition to this, I discovered that the theme of change appeared to resonate so much throughout the story. Now we have all of our characters making an attempt to regulate to life after the warfare, and the way the warfare has affected them individually. They every have a unique story to inform, and all through the story, we learn the way every of them has been impacted, and this made for emotional studying at instances, which did carry tears to my eyes.
Ruth was such a likeable heroine and I discovered her dedication and bravado to be infectious. Nonetheless, she’s additionally hurting due to her mother and father’ divorce and we do see her vulnerability come out at instances all through the e-book. She’s a kindhearted, caring woman additionally, and we see this by the way in which she strives to assist the habitants of Rook Farm, and the promise she makes to uncover the thriller behind the discovered treasure. Ruth can be longing to assist her mom get a job on the British Museum that she is going to do something to make that occur, which additionally exhibits how far she is keen to go to see these closest to her succeed. Her relationship with Joe, regardless of getting off to a frosty begin, blossomed into an attractive friendship that went from energy to energy because the story progressed. The adventures these two went on have been sensible and I might love a spin-off nearly Ruth and Joe if I’m being completely sincere.
The Secret of the Treasure Keepers was yet one more triumph for Howell and one which I couldn’t get sufficient of. It was packed filled with thriller, secrecy and journey and I lapped all of it up. I’m eagerly ready to see what Howell writes subsequent, and one factor is for sure – I do know I’m going to like it.