by Jacquelin Thomas

December 2003
ISBN: 1-58314-348-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

When Kemba Rufaro was only eight her father told her the history of their family and the legacy of the Dumisani Diamond, which had been passed down through many generations after being smuggled out of a South African diamond mine. The very night Kemba hears this story, the diamond is stolen and her father is killed.

Twenty years later, Kemba is about to reclaim the diamond when she witnesses a murder. Now her life is in danger as well as that of the murdered man's daughter, Crystal. They are both helped in their quest to learn the truth about the diamond by Crystal's uncle, the minister Eric Avery. Kemba finds with Eric that Treasures of the Heart are sometimes the most valuable.

Ms. Thomas has created an excellent novel that combines faith, love and family. The history of the past is fascinating and blends seamlessly with the present day plot line. All the characters are well developed, but Kemba is a standout as the heroine. She is confident and intelligent, but still vulnerable in many ways. Her romance with Eric is handled in a subtle, yet sensual way.

Although the characters in this novel are African-American, love and family are universal. Readers of all backgrounds will find a treasure in reading Treasures of the Heart.

Reviewed in April 2004 by Roberta.

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