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Five years ago, Emily Mannerson escaped small town living and moved to the big city where nobody knew “poor little Emily” and her miserable background. Now an attorney, Emily longs for what she left behind…her adopted mother and high-school sweetheart. Fire captain Matthew Westerly treasures his small town of Journey Creek and values faith, family, and friendships. When he rescues Emily from a horrific car accident, he’s determined to win her back and make up for the lost years. Can a big city girl and a small town boy discover their true treasure? Will they trust God to work a miracle?



Author Dora Hiers takes us back to her fictional town of Journey Creek in North Carolina to weave a short tale of romance that I like to call “clean steam.” It’s when your heart pounds and you’re whispering “Oohhh.” Yet it’s nothing your pastor’s spouse (or your pastor) couldn’t read.   

While there’s only been one woman for Matthew, she chose a different kind of life in a different kind of town. When Emily returns, he sets out to show her how much she missed.

Emily’s insecurities over her past caused her to leave Journey Creek and everyone she loves, including Matthew. Now that she’s back temporarily, she must decide if she can resume a life away from those who mean the most to her.

I found Small Town Treasure to be a gift of plentiful romance wrapped in a miniature package. Weighing in at not quite forty e-book pages, this story grabs you from the first paragraphs and keeps you interested to the last “perfect blessing.” I don’t read many short stories, but I did like the idea of sitting down for forty minutes and getting a romance “fix.”


A number of authors are writing short stories, particularly in e-book format, to go along with and promote their novels or to bridge the time gap between novel releases. As a reader does it appeal to you to read affordable shorts like this? Do you find, or do you think, it helps satisfy your longing for more creations by this author in the months between book releases?


Disclosure of Material Connection: This story came to me free from White Rose Publishing with the hope that I would mention it on this blog. There was no requirement for me to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed above are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.