Review: Josiah’s Treasure by Nancy Herriman

In 1882, Sarah Whittier dreams of opening an art studio run by immigrant women. She plans to use the house left to her by family friend Josiah Cady as collateral for her studio. But will all be lost when the inheritance is challenged by an angry man claiming to be Josiah’s son and legal heir? Rumor of gold nuggets hidden in the house, place Sarah’s life in danger. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. That is, unless she can soften a vengeful man’s heart–and they both learn that love is finer than any gold.




Ms. Herriman’s sophomore effort is every bit as good as her first. In fact, it’s a bit more my speed as it’s set in the US rather than the British Isles. I thoroughly enjoyed Irish Healer, but I loved the foray into San Francisco.

Both Sarah and Daniel have reason to distrust each other and to stay as far away from each other as possible. Rumors of treasure left by Josiah – Daniel’s long-absent father and Sarah’s employer/father figure – brings out the worst in many people, including the two of them from time to time.

A brilliant cast of characters comes to life as the streets of San Francisco become the backdrop to a love story that overcomes all odds. Daniel has his twin ten-year-old sisters to take care of and Sarah wants nothing more than to help immigrant women better their lives

With a twist at the end you have to read to believe [be careful reading Amazon reviews – someone gave it away :(], the two struggle to reconcile reality with their perceptions and set aside preconceived notions to see what might be between the two of them.

I look forward to Ms. Herriman’s next offering!

Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion.