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The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  138 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
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!
Paperback, 295 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Sweetwater Books
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Aug 26, 2013 Margitte rated it it was amazing
The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume

For those of us not believing the airbrushed photos of models advertising a dream image of ourselves if we just buy the product / service / rhetoric, the story of Treasure Blume might be the inspiration everyone, especially young women, always seek. The book is actually meant for the Young Adult market who ravages romantic stories like forbidden midnight chocolate binges. For older witches like yours truly, this is a tongue-in-cheek but fun read. We just do it
Dec 15, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of G-Rated romance.
Life for Treasure Blume is not one of champagne and roses. With the exception of young children and older folk, most people's first impression of her is intense dislike. Very few people hang around for a second impression.

She lives in her apartment with her cat, devotes her life to her job as a first grade teacher, and that's enough for her. She doesn't expect to find love, to settle down and have kids, she expects to grow old and be a cat lady.

Like just about everyone else, Dennis's first impre
Apr 24, 2013 Jinky rated it it was amazing
Oh no! Treasure as a name? I had such a hard time with it that for the first quarter of the book I had to read it quickly and shorten it to Treas to make the read tolerable. I'm usually alright with symbolism but I just didn't like it this time. Call me fickle. Oh, did I tell you her sister's name was Patience?

That was a hang up but I persevered. I’m glad I did because it ended up being my kind of book. I’m a big fan of books with heart and this had a lot of it. It had many chuckle moments (gott
Now usually, I would put the rating of the book at the beginning. But this time, I'll try to put my opinion in words first, because the book confuses me, greatly, and I hope that I can come to terms with it all by writing a review.

Our heroine, Treasure Blume is an unusual woman. You see, she has a gift (or a curse, depends how you look at it) - everybody feels an instant dislike for her the moment they see her (now I can't get how it can be a gift, but whatever). That makes her life extremely h
Oct 13, 2012 Lexie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is the first book of 2012 that I have given 5 stars to! I'm not sure if it was just timing (I needed a good laugh!) or what but this book had all of my favorite elements--sweet romance, witty humor, uniquely colorful characters, and a huge dose of fun! And it also conveyed an important and timely message about looking past exteriors to find inner beauty.

Treasure is the most "unlikely" heroine you can imagine. She is awkward, old-fashioned, and completely clueless. But she is also compassion
Jan 16, 2013 Breena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013
I don't have words adequate to explain how much I enjoyed this book. Perhaps it was the perfect combination of true to life with such perfect lines as "I don't want you to be disgruntled I want you to be completely gruntled." and "you're patient like a mental patient". However you read it these characters capture those moments of pure genius that I often wish could blurt off the end of my tongue, like Treasure Blume. My favorite part was perhaps the insight to true love. After all what would you ...more
Ruth Hill
Oct 23, 2012 Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, e-books
This is another one of those wonderful books that I can recommend to everyone. This is a clean romance filled with humor and fantastic characters. It was thoroughly delightful in every way, and the only way it could be improved upon is to have a sequel published!

Treasure Blume was fantastic. I had no idea when I began the book that was her name. And, believe it or not, I connected with her on so many levels. I can totally relate to not being liked by people--that is the story of my life. I am ju
Nov 12, 2012 Shelah rated it really liked it
Treasure Blume, to be published tomorrow by Cedar Fort, is the kind of book I'd buy for my mom or my sister, or really for anyone who I think could lose themselves in Harris's story, which is sweet without being saccharine, uplifting without preaching, and just downright funny. Treasure is a first-year elementary school teacher living in Las Vegas who has the curse (or the gift?) of rubbing all adults the wrong way when she meets them-- maybe it's the embroidered sweater sets, the polyester, or ...more
Jan 08, 2013 Hal rated it it was amazing
OK. I freely admit that I read this book because my brother's daughter wrote it. It does not fit my current genre of choice, which is classical fantasy or science fiction. But, once I started reading I found plenty of touch points to keep me engaged.

Treasure Blume is a lovely young woman who hides her plentiful charms in an unusual package of nontraditional clothes, companions, and activities. Despite her quirks, I found myself cheering for her and celebrating every small victory she enjoyed in
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Treasure Blume was named appropriately, she is a treasure. Some would find her a treasure in the rough because she doesn't make a good first impression. In fact, many people take an intense dislike to her at first glance. She has lived with this condition all of her life, it is her family legacy. She has inherited the family "gift".

Once people get over their first impression, they discover that she has a kind heart and a lot of love to give. Not everyone would devote their time to children and o
Oct 10, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable story that had me laughing from the get-go. Treasure's blind date experience was hilarious. It was also a bit sad, but it was a great introduction to our main character.

Treasure repels the bulk of society, but gets along really well with young children and senior citizens. She loves to wear sweater sets and polyester, watch old musicals, and loves her crazy, balding cat.

Even with all of her quirks, she is totally loveable-readers are immune to her "curse". I admired her
Shannen Camp
Dec 16, 2013 Shannen Camp rated it it was amazing
I feel like Lisa Harris writes art. I mean... I know all writing is art in its own way, but the way she uses words is like its own special art form. I see it in everything I've read of hers. I actually read an unpublished work of hers before ever reading her debut novel and her writing is just as artful as ever. There's something about this story that just feels important. It was so deep and meaningful without being that presumptuous guy at a party that tells everyone how deep and meaningful he ...more
Mar 15, 2013 Cindy rated it did not like it
Shelves: clean-read
The good points first: well written, characters were done well, sweet romance.

Points that drove me nuts: This is one of those books that is just so sticky cutesy sweet that it actually did not work for me. For example: Treasure and Patients are the names of the sisters.... really. Then there is a knock on Treasure's door, it takes her a while to see if she even wants to go open the door for her blind date. Well she opens the door and the idiot keeps knocking on her head instead of the
Dec 15, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Treasure Blume is like her name—a rare find, with a delightful ability to allow herself to be in spite of others’ opinions. Anyone who has ever felt unwanted, unliked, or socially awkward will find real comfort in reading about this strong woman who triumphs in spite of heartache. This book is about moving through trial and not allowing others to make you feel small. I highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys upbeat women’s fiction.
Nov 07, 2012 Lyuba rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley, arc
Have you ever read a book where you enjoyed it, and wanted to know what will happen, and couldn't put it down, yet there was something about it that kept bothering you? The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume was that book for me. While I liked it a lot, I also could not shake off that nagging feeling that something was off.

The gift/curse idea was interesting, but I felt like it could have been developed much more. Things like where this "gift" came from, why was Treasure's family chosen to get it,
Nov 03, 2012 Daphne rated it it was amazing
Originally posted @ Gone Pecan

Treasure Blume has a gift. At least, that’s how her grandmother explains it. It’s been passed down through generations and it works slightly differently for each family member so, ahem, blessed. Treasure’s particular brand of the gift makes people, those older than puberty and younger than retirement age, take an immediate dislike to her upon meeting her, or even being in her vicinity, and they have no idea why. It only fades away if they take the time and inclinati
Nov 05, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it
At First Sight: As the current carrier of a gift that most often than not feels like a curse, Treasure Blume has always assumed that love was not in her future. Not when she had more than enough trouble getting a job, buying a car and generally making it through a day without people being outrageously rude to her.

It's not her fault though, Treasure is a genuinely nice and caring person, but her "gift" makes it so that almost everyone takes a violent dislike to her as soon as they meet her - wit
Apr 24, 2013 Melanie rated it really liked it
Treasure Blume is a bit awkward and doesn't leave a good first impression on people (part of her gift/curse). The book starts with a horrible blind date. The blind date didn't end up happening and after he left, she promptly took off her embroidered Noah's Ark sweater and got comfy in her sweats while she called her best friend, Roxy, to rehash her evening and get a fresh perspective on life.

Treasure is a first-grade teacher who cares about her students and wants the best for them. She comes up
Apr 24, 2013 L_manning rated it really liked it

Treasure Blume is a unique young lady. She does things her own way and enjoys it that way. One thing she doesn't enjoy is her family curse. Family lore shows that curses are passed down in different ways to the women in their family. Treasure's curse is that everyone hates her almost immediately. She is so off-putting that most people don't bother to get to know her. However kids seem immune to the curse, so Treasure is happy with her job as a teacher. Things start to change though with Treasure
Nov 12, 2012 Cathy rated it really liked it
Treasure Blume has a "gift," but it's kind of a strange one. This gift is that she "triggers fear and dislike in all she meets." This doesn't sound like much of a gift, but Treasure is able to use it to weed people out of her life that don't tell her the truth. It also makes her life kind of hard, from the moment Grammy Blume told Treasure and her dad about the gift, her parents have been protecting her from others. Including her mother making sure that she had a student teaching job, and even o ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
3.5 stars

Treasure Blume has the coolest name. Treasure. Love that.

This book started out pretty slow for me. I spent the first third of the thinking that this was labeled incorrectly as a romance. When I finally got to the part where Dennis enters the picture, things started to pick up. By the end of the book I was smiling and rooting for Dennis and Treasure.

Treasure has this family curse that makes everyone instantly dislike her. Well, except for young children and old people. When you take that
Brooke Berry
Sep 26, 2012 Brooke Berry rated it really liked it
The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume is a great story about the other side of the mean girls. Every teenage and tween girl needs to read this book.

Treasure Blume has a unique gift. People hate her. She says what comes to her mind, and people who meet her can't stand her. She believes it to be a curse, but is always told that its a gift. This inherited trait is said to be a blessing because the people who truly get to know her she can trust and rely on, and like her for who she is. Treasure grows
Mandi Ellsworth
I met Lisa Rumsey Harris at a book signing and picked up her book not long afterwards. The real tragedy is that I had never heard of her book. It's such a sweet and real story. I think we've all known people like Treasure Bloom who have the best of intentions but everything they do is taken the wrong way. I loved that the obstacles in the romance were real concerns (at least they would be under the circumstances) and that they were taken seriously. Each character was well-defined. It was witty a ...more
Oct 17, 2012 Shauna rated it it was amazing
This book had me laughing... and crying... and feeling...
Feeling the tenderness of a woman named Treasure as she just goes about trying to do what she thinks is right...and what she thinks will help at the time...
But somehow everyone she meets dislikes her...a curse...or a blessing?
Dennis is one who dislikes her...
He is working as a "lunch lady" to be close to his daughter...the daughter who is in Treasures' first grade classroom...
But as Dennis watches Treasure he comes to know the REAL her...t
May 01, 2014 Suzana rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It is all about seeing the positive things around you and being grateful in your circumstances. There is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. We just have to look harder on some days more than others. It is also about not judging too quickly and sacrifices we make for those we love. It is also about letting go of what others think of us and being okay with you, swallowing our pride and being able to work at getting along with others even if we don't necessary agree with them. ...more
Veray Carter
Oct 23, 2013 Veray Carter rated it really liked it
This was a funny and heart warming read about a young woman with a curse and a crazy family who love her. A father who is divorced and is working as a lunch daddy to be near his sweet daughter. There is dancing old ladies, teaching first grade, ugly cats and lots of craziness. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone wishing for a clean, fun read that makes you think about life and the way we treat each other.
Lisa Harris
May 27, 2014 Lisa Harris rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
For me, The Unlikely Gift of Treasure Blume is more than a novel—it’s a philosophy dedicated to finding treasure in unusual places.

In the novel, Grammy Blume (Treasure’s feisty grandma) says, “Anyone can find beauty in Hawaii, looking out over ocean sunsets and sandy beaches. But not everyone can find beauty here, in sagebrush and June grass and heat and desert. . . .”

I love this idea, I loved writing this book, and I love Treasure Blume. I hope you love it too.
Jan 20, 2013 Camille rated it really liked it
Great read for when you need something lighthearted and a little zany. Fun chic lit. Granny Blume and the stair steppers were my favorite! Landing my first teachings job
In Atlanta , I could relate to Treasure's first- year teaching woes in Las Vegas. Read slowly so you can savor the humor and unique vocaublary ;) of this local Idaho author ( I can hear the Cheryl in there!)
Romantic Reads and Such
Nov 09, 2012 Romantic Reads and Such rated it it was amazing
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. To access the full review, please visit http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress....
Jul 26, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Love love love this book. So fun, so quirky, and a great feel. I am Treasure Blume, you see. I have her "gift." And I liked this book so much because it wasn't a pity party for her. This is all about how she takes her situation and makes it good.
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Lisa Rumsey Harris grew up writing stories and riding horses in Southeastern Idaho. She received a bachelor's and master's degree in English from Brigham Young University. She lives in Orem, Utah, with her ancient Siamese cat, her multi-talented husband, and her three sassy daughters.
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