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I was intrigued when I saw this description for The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume: “With her love of sweaters, goofy hair, and awkward manners—not to mention her family curse—Treasure Blume knows love is not in her future. That is, until she matches wits with Dennis Cameron, a divorced chef with a six-year-old daughter. Full of mischief, mayhem, and laugh-out-loud humor, this is an unlikely love story you’ll want to read over and over again!”

And I agree with it 100%. I absolutely loved this story and didn’t want it to end. She’s awkward, not very stylish or put together, and a little clumsy, but she has a huge heart, a generous nature and a positive attitude. Her “gift” is that pretty much everyone between the ages of 13 and 65 hates her on sight. But she knows that those with a good heart get over that initial reaction once they get to know her, which means that the people she becomes close to are valuable to have in her life.

Dennis has his own problems with a terminally ill mother, a young daughter and a chef career that has taken a severe left turn into the school cafeteria. He works hard, making sacrifices and giving of himself for his family and those he cares about. Including Treasure once he gets over his initial dislike. I thoroughly enjoyed watching their relationship change and blossom.

And I can’t forget the supporting cast. Treasure’s grandmother is a hoot and a half, as are the other members of Ruby’s Red Hot Chili Steppers (an over-65 performance dance team). The rest of her family has their own moments and the school kids are such a treat.

The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume is amazingly sweet, funny, quirky and fun. It is a must read for anyone that wants their funny bone tickled and their heartstrings plucked.

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