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Treasure on Lilac Lane

(Jewell Cove #2)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  234 ratings  ·  39 reviews
Sometimes the journey home is its own reward.

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve fro
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Paperback, 325 pages
Published October 28th 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Carly Ellen Kramer
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Beautiful story. This reminded me of a few stories by Lisa Kleypas, which is a high compliment!
Sharon Redfern
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. The second book in the Jewell Cove series, it tells the story of Rick Sullivan and Jess Collins. They were once friends and almost more but then Rick joined the service and came back wounded and emotionally damaged. After his mother's death, Rick stops drinking and starts to turn his life around.

Jess has no kindness in her heart for Rick. She isn't able to see past the drinking to the reasons behind it and she's pretty nasty to him. Jess has her own issues that make h
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Bette Hansen
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a fantastic story. From the start I didn't think there was any way this could be a love story but the author masterfully brought the characters around making the whole thing feel so real. He's a wounded veteran who loses himself by drinking. She has no patience for his drinking and is down right nasty about it. We discover she has secrets of her own. A beautiful story of acknowledging your own flaws and working like hell to overcome them for love. Very emotional read and one I ...more
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This book was a little heavier to swallow than “your average romance” but it was worth the trouble. Well written plot with great characters – worth the read.
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Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
If there is one thing that I admire most about Alward it's her ability to tell a story. Her writing flow is remarkable of course but I think it is the depth in which she pens her characters that I favor the most. Alward writes with sheer honesty and she doesn't pen light-heart romances. The plots are more inward and are far more relateable to the modern reader.

As much as I am a fan of Alward I didn't enjoy Treasure on Lilac Lane as much as I thought I would. The Jewell Cove series is one of m
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Katie(babs)
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed this first book in this series, but Treasure on Lilac Lane was flat from the start. Rick is a borderline alcoholic because of PSTD and has just lost his mother. He is trying to stay on the straight and narrow, and away from the booze. Jess runs her own store and used to have a big crush on Rick when she was a teenager. she can barely stand him now because his alcoholism reminds her of her ex-boyfriend, who used to get very abusive when he drank. Rick has many friends and support ...more
Kay (aka) Miss Bates
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read the first book in the Jewell Cove series, The House On Blackberry Hill, and enjoyed it, though I was unsure about the paranormal aspect. I was also afraid that the series would turn a bit disastrous for Alward, as this isn't a forte, a bit like the Friday-Harbor-Kleypas magical realism débacle. But how wrong and glad I was to be in this the second book in the series. The hero, Rick, and heroine, Jess, are real and true, tormented and loveable and loving. The journey to their HEA is terrif ...more
Toby
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
So cozy!! Donna Alward’s Jewell Cove books are a combination of Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon except wit a very small-town Maine feel. I love the sense of family and connection in this series. I’ll definitely be picking up the next in the series soon. This is such a feel-good series which is something I need right now!

I’m really surprised that this book has less than 220 ratings. It’s good enough that I’d expect it to have way more!
Janet Friesner
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Enjoyed the second book in this series as much as the first one. It continued on with the story and am looking forward to starting the third. A very readable series and if you like authors like Jodi Thomas and Robyn Carr etc. you will like Donna Alward.
Darlene Torday
Feb 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I like the way the author drew on the past and present to show us her characters and how they were the same or had changed in the years they'd not seen each other. They were well-rounded with their pluses and their flaws. I will look for more of her work. ...more
Christy Olesen
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 I enjoyed the characters in this story. I liked how the wounded warrior hero was a sensitive artist. Something different. I'd like to read the rest in the series. ...more
Christa
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was a good addition to the Jewell Cove Series. I really liked the characters of Rick and Jess, although I thought she was too judgmental of him at times. The storyline kept my interest and I really enjoyed the Jewell Cove setting.
Stevie Carroll
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Previously reviewed on The Good, the Bad and the Unread:

I loved the town of Jewell Cove and its inhabitants we met in the first book, so I was greatly looking forward to the arrival of the next book in the series, along with the chance to learn more about the place and the people. This time, the focus moves away from Abby and Tom of the House on Blackberry Hill and on to Abby’s new friend Jess – as well as Jess and Tom’s long-time friend Rick. So how does their romance compare to that of Abby an
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Kathy
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have not read the first book in this series, but that was okay. This is a good, stand-alone book. Jess lives in Jewell Cove, along with Rick. Once a teenage star in the town, Rick is now a returning veteran, trying to come with grips with his wartime service. He has lost a hand and has a prosthesis. He is falling quickly in alcoholism. He is bothered by memories of one comrade who died when he was injured. Jess is the opposite. She comes from a big, well-loved family and owns a small gift shop ...more
Gerd
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
After finishing "House on Blackberry Hill" I originally didn't intend to return to Jewell Cove, but then a discount coupon for a book came in the mail - and, more importantly, I really did like Jess as a side character, so I was naturally curious to see how she would do as main.

And I'm glad I didn't hold myself up to my promise not to return, because I enjoyed this second instalment a lot. Jess, as already stated was a favourite character, and while I couldn't quite place Rick, I knew that Donna
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Sindhu S
Nov 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Summary: Rick Sullivan is back after an honourable discharge from the Marines. He was one of Jewell Cove's star athletes and heartthrobs before he joined the Marines. Now he is far from the hometown hero everyone wants him to be; he is a raging alcoholic, who has lost an arm and has nightmares from his time in active service.

Jess Collins come from a large and loving family and owns a gift shop. Although she seems to be doing great, she was once in an abusive relationship with another man from th
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Char (1RadReader59)
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
She was 17 and he was 20 when she finally got her first kiss from Rick Sullivan behind the sand dunes. He was part of the family really, he was her brother and two cousin’s best friend. Jess Collin now 28, is still pissed that her brother Josh and her two cousin’s Bryce and Tom are still friends with the guy that kisses her once then runs away and joins the Marines. Then, he comes back missing a hand and has PTSD. Like that’s not enough he finds out soon after returning that his mom is dying of ...more
Connie N.
Very nice romance set in a small town in Maine. This is book #2 of the Jewell Cove series, and I enjoyed the warm friendships and pleasant characters, with enough stress and strife to keep me interested. Since I didn't read #1 in the series, I was a little confused about some of the conversations referring to what happened previously, but it only served to make me interested in seeking out that book, and only detracted a little from the current story. Both main characters, Jess and Rick, and fac ...more
The Book Worm
Apr 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Treasure on Lilac Lane is book two in the Jewel Cove series by Donna Alward. After reading book one (The House on Blackberry Hill) and loving it so much, I couldn't resist downloading book two. And I'm happy to say that it's every bit as good as book one. I had never read anything by Donna Alward before, but now I'm definitely adding her to my list of favorite authors.

There's more romance and a bit less suspense in Treasure in Lilac Lane than there is in The House on Blackberry Hill, but the st
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Lis Carey
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance
Rick Sullivan was Jewell Cove's golden boy when he left home to join the Marines, a star athlete and the reigning heartthrob. He came home from Afghanistan wounded in both body and soul. He's struggled with alcohol, anger--and the painful months of watching his mother die. There's no question Rick is damaged.

Jess Collins has struggled with her own issues, including an abusive relationship that only her brother Josh knows the truth about. Now she's happy running her her art shop, Treasures, and o
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Psusan
Oct 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Treasure on Lilac Lane is not a light romantic read. Christmas at Seashell Cottage was that kind of story but Treasure on Lilac Lane is a deeper read. Donna Alward writes with honest sensitivity in this story of a veteran who is dealing with lasting injuries both physical and emotional. The character, Rick is definitely the walking wounded. At the beginning I felt like Jess concerning him, with sympathy but not very hopeful. He grew on me as Jess continued her interactions with him. I find Jess ...more
Ionia
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
In the beginning, I didn't enjoy this book as much as the previous in the series, but that changed soon enough. Within a few chapters I was happily settled back into Jewell Cove and loving this story.

Once again, Donna Alward reminded me why she has become one of my very favourite authors. Her characters are heartfelt and her story is captivating, bringing together everything you want in a romance as well as a small town atmosphere that allows you to feel close to the characters. She handles tou
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patrick Lorelli
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A fascinating story about a war vet coming back to his home town to bury his mother and to work out his own PTSD since leaving the Marines. He is also having to deal with a certain women that he thought he was over when he left after high school. She was a few years younger than him but her family grew up next to his mothers and she was always around. They now are both dealing with feelings and emotions that neither one has experienced in their lives for a long time. They fight being together be ...more
Jessi
Rick Sullivan and Jess Collins are both damaged, mentally and physically. So it makes sense that two such wounded warriors, who have always been attracted to each other, would eventually fall in love (is that a spoiler if this is a romance?)
Rick was a soldier. He lost his best friend and his hand in one horrible gun fight. He started drowning his sorrows in alcohol but quit when his dying Mother asked him to.
Jess is highly scornful of Rick's drinking which makes sense when we learn (fairly Dale
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Paula
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Treasure on Lilac Lane begins with an ending of life and ends with the beginning of life. In between is plenty of small town drama. Not the least of which concerns Rick a returning wounded veteran who is still struggling and failing in many ways. Donna Alward does not gloss over his problems but develops his character warts and all. The contrast between Jess’ ex, Mike, and him shows him to still be hero material. Jess is strong minded but is dealing with her own set of issues. I could have under ...more
Clare O'Beara
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: america-romance
I enjoyed this modern romance set in a town called Jewell Cove. If you have not read any others in the series you will find a lot of unfamiliar names but it is easy enough to follow the main characters and let the others be peripherals. Summer sees an influx of tourists and the book covers a few months to Christmas.

A girl who runs a handcraft shop and is going to be bridesmaid for a pal, finds that a man who went off the rails since coming home from the army will be best man. He's now minus a ha
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Eileen
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this story and how it evolved. Rick had a lot to deal with since he returned from Iraq. Now his mother has passed away and he's on his own. What doesn't help is that Jess Collins wouldn't cut him any slack for his drinking. Since he made his promise he's been trying hard to stay sober and straighten out. Jess had her own demons to deal with and they to came back to haunt her.
Together they made one another whole. I liked how each of them had an outlet for their own therapy. The ending wa
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Lyn
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the Jewell Cove series. It does read as a standalone book. This is not a light read, there are twists and turns. It is a book that talks about alcohol, bickering, abuse, distrust and finally friendship and second chances. The characters are well developed with strong personalities. If you like challenges and can stay through until the end; this is the book for you! Enjoy! NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press/Paperbacks provided an advanced review copy of this book in exchange for ...more
Ann
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
2nd in the series, this one is as yummy as the 1st. Rick and Jess are the stars of this book but we are reunited with many from book 1. We are also lucky to figure out that book three will hopefully be Dr. Josh's book. I like books with hero's who aren't perfect but try to make the best of things. This is a great holiday read. ...more
Barbara
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read Rick's story ever since the House on Blackberry Hill. Alward didn't disappoint. He's a wonderfully tragic hero. I was thrilled when he got his happy ending. Looking forward to book 3! ...more
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