Guilty Treasures

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The discovery of a secret passage and room in her home, Paisley mansion, in Apple Grove, Oregon, has taken Shannon McClain and the Purls of Hope on a treasure hunt. The passage contains hints about the life of her seafaring grandfather, Captain James Paisley, and a dark secret of stolen Spanish gold and a wealth of gems from around the world.
Shannon never knew her maternal grandparents -- nor her mother for that matter. Her mother, Beth Jacobs, had abandoned Shannon and Shannon's father in Scotland, a decision made to protect them from the Scottish mafia who had marked Beth and her family for death. Now she and her mother are thrown into the mystery of what Capt. Paisley was hiding all of those decades ago.
A thief makes away with the treasure map and the race is on to decipher a dizzying array of clues and get to the buried treasure before it can fall into the wrong hands.
Meanwhile, Shannon's relationship is deepening with Hunter Banks, the dashing marine biologist who is in Apple Grove while studying aquatic life off the rugged Oregon coastline. And that is eating at Michael Stone, the security expert and ex-cop who was initially hired by Shannon's late grandmother to protect Shannon.
Does Michael have a legitimate reason to distrust Hunter, or is Michael flatly jealous?
With her mother in tow and two men at odds over her attention, will Shannon have the time -- or energy -- to track down and dig up a fortune in buried treasure? Or will the hunt lead her into the middle of the most dangerous mystery she has ever unraveled?

The Characters

Shannon is an avid beader -- running her own custom jewelry business. She thrives on expressing her talents through her one-of-a-kind creations. She is headstrong and can be stubborn at times. But she's best known for her sensitivity to the feelings and needs of others, and for her beautiful smile. Widowed at only 37, she draws strength and inspiration from her two teenage children, but worries about their future. She knows she needs to move on with her life ... but she never expected anything like this mysterious inheritance!

A striking and personable 42-year-old, Michael is 6 feet 2 inches, with straight black hair and striking blue eyes. He owns an elite security consulting firm with many long-reaching connections to nearly all levels of industry and politics. He is strongly attracted to Shannon from the moment he meets her, but unwilling to reveal his secrets, which raises a barrier between them. Death has followed people he's loved, having lost his wife as a result of his dangerous career -- and he is unwilling to trust his heart again. This will change with Shannon, though he tries to hold her at a distance for a long time.

Morgan is the manager of the craft market and quite the expert at card making and stamping. She is most unhappy to have Shannon on the scene as her new boss but she hides it well. What dark secret lurks behind her friendly façade?

Alec has his father's calm, thoughtful nature. He is a good son and very supportive of his mother's quest to learn the truth about her past. When he's not out with his friends, or studying for his classes, he enjoys fishing, something his father taught him to do years earlier.

Lara has inherited her mother's flashpoint temper. But she also inherited her mother's creative talents and is an expert crocheter. Lara possesses a rare talent for noticing things others miss -- seen as well as unseen. This makes her a great asset to her mother throughout the series as Shannon is drawn into the mysteries of Apple Grove.

Deborah was Shannon's grandmother's cook and confidant for more than 30 years. She becomes a comforting presence in Shannon's life, helping her adjust to life in America. Deborah is thrilled that Shannon has inherited the crafts mall. An avid quilter herself, she and Shannon find much to talk about.