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Josiah's Treasure

Josiah's Treasure

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by Nancy Herriman

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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


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.

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Worthy Publishing
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5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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Nancy Herriman’s The Irish Healer was runner-up in the historical fiction category of the 2009 ACFW Genesis contest. She is also a past winner of the RWA Daphne du Maurier Award for Best Unpublished Mystery/Romantic Suspense and has been a finalist in other contests. Nancy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and two teenage children, and is very active in the music ministry of her church.

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Josiah's Treasure: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
What a great story! As I was reading, I felt like I was right there in 1882 San Francisco. I smelled, heard, and saw the city right along with the characters. I could feel Anne's fears, Daniel's annoyance and Lottie's optimism. Josiah's Treasure is a joy to read. I like Sarah, the main female character, because she is a champion for women who find themselves in hopeless circumstances. She is determined to follow her plan despite huge obstacles-- the main one being that she is a woman. I didn't want to like Daniel, but eventually was coaxed into doing so, despite his objective. The secondary characters add much depth and interest to the story. I hope some of them show up in future books. This is quite a complex story with subplots, twists and turns. I think anyone who enjoys historical romance along with societal issues of the times would enjoy this novel.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Nancy Herriman in her new book, "Josiah's Treasure" published by Worthy Publishing brings us into the lives of Sarah Whittier and Daniel Cady. From the back cover: in 1880′s San Francisco, Gold builds fortunes. And sometimes shatters dreams. Daniel Cady has been searching for the father who struck it rich out West and never returned to his family. Daniel isn't looking for the man's love, and he's not offering forgiveness. All he wants is cold retribution. In the form of cash. Years ago, a scandalous love affair ostracized artist Sarah Whittier from her family. In San Francisco, she has built a new life out of audacity, talent and an old man's generosity. The house Josiah Cade left her is about all she owns. A house that is collateral for her dearest aspiration- a custom art studio run by immigrant women. They're her family now, and she'll do whatever it takes for them to succeed. But when Daniel Cady arrives in town claiming he's the legal heir, Sarah faces eviction...and the resurrection of dangerous rumors that the house contains hidden gold. Her future uncertain and her safety threatened, Sarah has nowhere to turn. Unless she can soften a vengeful man's heart, and they both learn that love is a greater treasure than gold. All Sarah wants to do is put her past behind her and succeed for her success guarantees the success of the immigrant women that have become her family since her own family wants no part of her. Daniel Cady is looking for his father who abandoned him and the rest of the family to go West to look for gold. All Daniel wants is a part of that gold as recompense for what his father took from him. Now Sarah and Daniel are clashing over the one thing that belonged to Josiah and that both of them want, his house. "Josiah's Treasure" is all about family, the one we are born into and the one we make for ourselves in the world. This is about pain from our past that is causing us to make our present decisions and how healing of that pain can cause us to make new decisions. It is also a wonderful romance. Ms. Herriman has done an outstanding job of bringing Sarah and Daniel to life on these pages. We root for them to overcome their traumas and for their relationship to succeed. If you are looking for history you will find it here. If you are looking for a really good romance you will find it here. I liked this book and am really looking forward to more stories from Nancy Herriman. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Josiah’s Treasure by Nancy Herriman was a most enjoyable historical novel that was also filled with a great deal of inspiration. In San Francisco in 1882, Sarah Whittier has a desire to open an art studio that will be run by immigrant women who have a talent for art or a talent for running the business. She has been the caretaker and companion of Josiah Cady who amassed a fortune in the gold fields and at his death he left everything to Sarah. Josiah rescued Sarah from her past and loved her like a daughter and he left everything to her for he thought that all his family was dead and he died never knowing the truth. Daniel Cady, Josiah’s son, finally arrived in San Francisco from Chicago after a lengthy search to find his father. He thinks that his father deserted the family and is determined to take the inheritance from Sarah. Daniel is very bitter toward his father but when the truth is finally revealed as to why Josiah left his fortune to Sarah instead of his family, he decides that he must help Sarah and try to keep her safe after rumors circulate in the town that gold nuggets are hidden in the house. Daniel knows that overturning his father’s will is going to be difficult, but after meeting Sarah his heart is torn between caring for his twin sisters and the attraction he is starting to feel for Sarah. The author did an excellent job writing the story with a well plotted mystery and lots of exciting action. The characters were so well done that they seemed to leap off the page and become real. I thoroughly enjoyed the romance in the story as the author took us on a journey of faith for both Sarah and Daniel. Both had fought to find faith and then worked to keep it and not lose it when troubles came. In their search for the hidden gold, they both found that the greatest treasure to be found in life was love. The story was very inspiration and gave me something to think about after the story was finished. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes an historical novel set in the West in the nineteenth century, has a really good romance story line, a great deal of mystery, and that is also a Christian story. I received this book free from Worthy Publishing and Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
SweetPea_3 More than 1 year ago
Nancy Herriman has crafted an endearing story with a thread of intrigue and mystery wound through it. It's set in San Francisco in the 1800s, and I enjoyed her descriptions of the city's sights and sounds. I didn't quite know what to expect as I had never read a book by Nancy, but I found it to be a well written, compelling story. Throughout the book the characters learn the importance of forgiveness and how to let go of the bitterness they've been holding onto. It's not a quick or easy process which I appreciated because in real life it's not either. As they come to rediscover their relationship with God they are able to gradually let go of the bitterness and hurt and forgive even when it's not reciprocated or asked for. I received this book from Netgalley and Worthy Publishing for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Worthy Publishing.
GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
Josiah's Treasure by Nancy Herriman is packed full of good writing, like-able characters, and an easy to follow plot, but for some reason I couldn't get involved in the story. If there were a point system with the stars, I'd give it 3.9, simply because I didn't fall in love with Sarah and Daniel's tale. ***I received this book from the publisher/author for the purposes of review. The above is my honest opinion.***
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
Author: Nancy Herriman Published by: Worthy Publisher Age Recommended: Adult Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Book Blog For: GMTA Rating: 5 Review: "Josiah's Treasure" by Nancy Herriman was a historical, romance, inspirational with a little mystery all rolled up into one good read taking place in San Francisco, 1882. You will find "Josiah's Treasure" filled will a journey of "secrets, faith, deception, betrayal, hope and love." In this read we find that Sarah Whittier(who had been a nurse companion to Josiah Cady) has been left a inheritance, but before she could claim it, Daniel Cady shows up claiming to be Josiah's son. Josiah Cady thought that his family had died. What will become of all of this? We will find that Daniel even with 'his vengeful heart' he will try to save Sarah...there was a rumor that Sarah has a treasure chest full of gold nuggets. Was there gold nuggets in Nob Hill? Sarah had "dreams of having a art studio run by immigrant women and she had planed to use the house left to her family friend Joshia Cady as collateral for her studio." Now, what was going to happen now that Josiah's son as returned as the legal heir along with his ten year old twin sisters. Will Daniel be able to get this treasure for his sisters? There will be many questions that will need to be answered in this read...like... "Was Josiah a father who left a wife and children behind to search for gold? Was Sarah’s past filled murder and deceit? Does Daniel stand to inherit a bulk of money after a long journey to find his long lost father? This author did a wonderful job with bringing out this issue of forgiveness definitely "letting go of the past that heals and nourishes the heart." All of the characters were well developed and really push the story line along only making it even more interesting as you move along in the read...for you have the heroine, hero, heroine's friend, group of daughters, meddlesome reporter to name...with Sarah, Daniel, Cora, Minnie, Mrs. McGinnis and Charlotte among a few named. "Josiah's Treasure" was truly a wonderful and well written novel that gave a real description along with the knowledge of San Francisco during this time in the 1800's. Would I recommend this novel? Yes, as a excellent read.
The_IE_Mommy More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading stories about strong women like Sarah Whittier in Josiah’s Treasure. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a feminist but I do appreciate when women step outside their typecast roles and do what they need to do to survive and take care of themselves and the ones that they love. Sarah Whittier finds herself abandoned more than once in her life by people that were supposed to love and cherish her. When Josiah takes her under his wing, she experiences love and acceptance for the first time in her life. Unfortunately, it doesn’t last when he passes away. Because of their relationship he leaves her his home and money but when a man claiming to be his son shows up, she stands to lose it all. Sarah is an admirable character, not only because of her strength but because of her character. She helps women who have found hardship as she once did and gives them a job so that they don’t end up on the streets doing the only “profession” many women are left to in similar predicaments. When Daniel Cady shows up claiming to be Josiah’s son, Sarah struggles to fight for what is hers. Not only does her welfare depend upon it but also the women who have come to rely on her. I loved Herriman’s style of writing and her knowledge of San Francisco in the 180o’s. I could almost hear the street cars and smell the salty air with her descriptive words. Her faith is evident in her writing and it helps to develop her characters. Josiah’s Treasure is a reminder of what a true treasure is. Money can not buy happiness and is not where our hope should lie.
TheReadingMom More than 1 year ago
Josiah’s Treasure by Nancy Herriman is a historical romance set in San Francisco, CA in 1882. Rumors of hidden gold and wealth beyond measure swirl around town about the estate of Josiah Cady but Sarah knows better. Sarah Whittier has been dreaming of a new life for her and other girls in her situation. She has plans to build a more independent life thanks to the generosity of her deceased employer which includes a home of her own. She is determined to do what it takes to help these immigrant women succeed no matter what obstacles they may face. I love her undaunted spirit! But Sarah’s dreams are about to shatter because of one man’s arrival which threatens her future and the future of her friends. All his life, Daniel Cady has had to do everything he can to support his mother and sisters while his father disappears off to seek his fortune in gold. He dreams of giving his little sisters the life they deserve. After years of trying to track down his father, he finally locates an address and his thirst for revenge and anger multiply. Both Sarah and Daniel are determined to live their dreams. Will the treasure Josiah supposedly had ever surface? And whose dreams will come true? This is a great story about family, friendship and treasure. Thanks to Worthy Publishing for the free book. In exchange, here is my honest opinion of this book I reviewed.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"Miss Whittier was intelligent and determined, strong willed and pretty enough...commendable attributes, but one he couldn't afford to admire. He had to remember that she was not be trusted until his lawyer had finished reviewing the particulars of Josiah's estate. Not if he wanted to keep a cool head around her. Not if he wanted to keep himself from caring. "I came her to fetch what Josiah owed me and my sisters," he said plainly, truthfully, "not to ruin a young woman's future." "You might succeed in doing both." He slapped his hat against his thigh, fanning an eddy of dust across the floor. "Listen, I'm not out to hurt you. But I can't go back on the promises I've made, any more than you can go back on yours. You believe your girls need you. My sisters need me." "Do you honestly think we can fulfill both our promises, Mr. Cady?" "You have your backers," he pointed out. "Anxious men whose charitable impulses read well in the newspaper but don't always hold up under pressure." She wasn't naive in the least. Daniel stilled the nervous motion of his hands. Pretty young women like Sarah shouldn't be so cynical or worldly-wise. They should be sheltered and supported, what he'd spent half a lifetime doing for his sisters, trying to keep them from suffering the worst of the damage Josiah had caused. He didn't have to learn much about Sarah Whittier to realize that, even though she'd worked for Josiah in that comfortable house, she'd had to scrape and claw to be where she was today. Just like he had, making them two of a kind. An uncomfortable recognition. "What do you want from me?" he asked. "I didn't bring you here to impress you with my empty shop and its filthy floors." She pulled in a long breath. "I brought you here because, if you succeed in gaining Josiah's estate, I want you to invest in the studio. I would pay you back, with interest." "I can't do that." Even if he wanted to help Sarah Whittier, for the sake of Lily's and Marguerite's futures, he couldn't. Sarah gave him a withering look and retrieved her reticule from the countertop where she left it. Apparently she had let herself hope for more from him. "You were right." Her eyes were deep brown, the color of cocoa or polished walnut. Lovely even when dull with disillusionment. "I did waste my time." In the novel Josiah's Treasure by author Nancy Herriman, the reader is transported back to San Francisco in 1882. Here we find ourselves at a crossroads with Sarah Whittier and Daniel Cady. Two strong and yet opposing forces that each have a dream that they are trying to build and fulfill. With Sarah, she had been Josiah's nurse and caretaker until his death, leaving her all his wealthy and estate. She now plans on using some of that money to help build an art business to employ several immigrant women and help them get ahead in life by teaching them valuable life skills instead of selling themselves down on the Barbary alley. Daniel arrives literally at Sarah's doorstep, claiming to be Josiah's long long son and perceived heir to his estate. He refuses to let himself care for Sarah or her desire to help other women less fortunate than herself find better lives. Until he can provide proof of his identity, both of them remain at odds. Daniel will do whatever it takes to provide for his sisters what he feels his father had promised them long ago when he left them behind. He can't believe that Josiah never revealed to Sarah that he had children, and now believes that there may in fact be a treasure buried in the house that his father hid when he stuck gold in coming to California. Now if he can only convince his heart to follow his head. I received Josiah's Treasure by author Nancy Herriman compliments of Worthy Publishing and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. This is such a charming book taking into account the rise to wealthy by those that struck it rich during California's famed gold rush. I love the strength that Nancy breathed into the character of Sarah, a perseverance to keep pushing through despite the odds against her by the men of that time period. I love how she is willing to try anything to give her dream wings and hopes in some way she can convince Daniel to help. I rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and loved the historical look back at the early growth of San Francisco during the setting of this novel with the cable cars and Nob Hill as the backdrop. I will be looking for more books from Nancy Herriman in the future to enjoy and add to my library of favorites. This one has found a permanent home.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Sarah is s strong, female character who has had made some mistakes in life and has true compassion for others. She is attempting to start her own business as a way of helping other women who are in bad situations. Daniel Cady comes into the picture when he arrives in town looking for his father, who deserted his family years ago. Daniel is full of a lot of anger towards his father, who is now deceased and left his remaining estate to Sarah. The story centers on overcoming past mistakes, getting over anger and being open to God in your life. The characters all grow throughout the course of the book. I found it well written and a good story. I was provided the opportunity to read this book for free from Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest opinion in a review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
JOSIAH'S TREASURE by Nancy Herriman is a inspirational historical Fiction set in 1882 San Francisco. A fast paced story filled with hope and promise. Sarah Whittier and Daniel Cady are on a journey of secrets,faith,deception,betrayal,hope and love. Daniel has a vengeful heart until the truth is revealed about his father,Josiah,who left his inheritance to Sarah. Sarah has a desire to help others,a past filled with secrets,and mistakes,and a desire to own an Art Galley. When rumor places Sarah in danger, because,someone thinks she is has a treasure chest full of gold nuggets, Daniel must let go of his vengeful heart to help save Sarah. Josiah,not only rescued Sarah,but loved her unconditionally,he thought his precious family was dead to him. He died not knowing the truth. Daniel learns far more than he wanted to about his father,his family and love. Josiah's treasure is far more than gold,love may be the greatest treasure of all. A must read for anyone who enjoys Christian reads,historical fiction,Americana reads,early 1800 Art world,and a wonderful story of hope and promise. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media,LLC. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING:SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
PShaw More than 1 year ago
When Josiah Cady, a gold prospector who struck it rich, dies, he leaves his estate to his caretaker and companion, Sarah Whittier. He’d taken her in when she had no place else to go, believed in her when she’d lost faith in herself, encouraged and supported her. Sarah dreams of rescuing immigrant women and training them to work in an art studio she hopes to open. She wants to give them a better life, as Josiah had done for her. As Ms. Herriman describes Sarah, “…it was her weakness, taking in stray cats and girls whose need flickered like a flame in the dark, or a man whose tailor-made suit had been worn past its respectable worth.” Josiah died believing his wife and children had all perished while he’d been living the life of a nomadic prospector. Sarah is stunned when Daniel Cady shows up on her doorstep, claiming to be Josiah’s long lost son and threatening her inheritance. Without it, her hopes will all be destroyed. But Daniel has dreams of his own. He longs to start his own import business and provide a secure home for himself and the sisters he believes Josiah abandoned. To complicate matters, dangerous rumors swirl among the streets of San Francisco: that Josiah hid a stash of gold nuggets somewhere, possibly in Sarah’s house. There are those who will stop at nothing to steal the treasure for themselves. Josiah’s treasure, and Daniel Cady, could put everything at risk for Sarah—her dreams, her life, and, as her confusing feels for Daniel grow, her heart. There are so many things to love about this book—the yearning, the romance, the elements of mystery and danger. But what pulled me into the story most is powerful way Ms. Herriman uses the senses to create an almost 3D environment for the reader and immerses the reader in the sights and sounds and scents of San Francisco in 1882. This is a sweet romance, and a story of faith—of finding it, of losing it, of keeping it in the face of all odds. This is also a treasure hunt, where one may learn that the most valuable treasures are not those that can be held in the hand, but those that are held in one’s heart. I received an advance reading copy of this book for review purposes.