Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough

Posted January 8, 2018 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, romance, Virginia McCullough / 64 Comments

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Hello, and welcome to the tour for my new Harlequin Heartwarming release, Something to Treasure, Book 2 of my Two Moon Bay series. I think of “Treasure” the story of Dawn Larsen, a PR consultant, and Jerrod Walters, a shipwreck diver, as a look at valuing the past and learning from it, despite losses and even tragedies. These two single parents meet when each is at a crossroads. It would be so easy for Dawn and Jerrod to stay stuck in the pain of yesterday, but when the first hints of a second chance appear, will these single parents find the courage to take a leap into the future? 


Dawn and Jerrod’s story is about overcoming the pain of the past, the endurance of family bonds, pursuing work we love, treasuring friendships and community, and believing in possibilities. Most of all, Something to Treasure is a story of hope, healing, and second chances.


I hope you enjoy Dawn and Jerrod’s story!

about the book

If anyone can save him, she’s the one

Jerrod Walters hopes relocating to the coastal town of Two Moon Bay can be the fresh start he and his young daughter need.

But the single dad is caught off guard when a beautiful PR professional offers to promote his diving excursions to legendary shipwreck sites.

There’s so much he admires about Dawn Larson, starting with the woman’s upbeat, can-do personality.

Dawn’s boundless capacity for joy might be the only thing capable of bringing him back to life after his tragic loss…

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SERIES: Two Moon Bay #2
GENRE: Clean Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: January 1, 2018
PAGES: 384

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“I think we learn more from each other’s stories than we do from flowcharts and ten-point strategies.”

Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough is sweet, sincere and romantic with an engaging cast of characters and a quaint small town.

The love story between Jerrod and Dawn is swoonworthy, true, but it’s much more dimensional than that. For one thing, they are slightly older than a ‘typical’ romance novel; both at or near 40. They also both have children from previous marriages – Dawn’s teenage son Gordon and Jerrod’s adorable five-year-old Carrie. And while their stories are different (Dawn’s husband left her for another woman, while Jerrod’s wife died) they both carry the burden of loss and single-parenthood. This means that a romance between them has many more considerations than that of a pair of twenty-somethings. These added layers really give the book depth and authenticity.

Bottom Line: Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough is a compelling story of loss and discovery. And I’m not just talking about the discoveries Jerrod makes in his diving excursions. Rather, I mean the discovery of friendship, belonging, and home … as well as renewal. Layered characters and an emotional plot make this a book you can sink your heart into, just like its predecessor Girl in the Spotlight, and I’m already eager for more books set in Two Moon Bay!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / Love it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / May forget to breathe on occasion

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about the author

A writer all her adult life, Virginia McCullough has had the opportunity to write the stories of her heart in her novels, including Girl in the Spotlight, the first book in her Two Moon Bay series for Harlequin Heartwarming. (Book 2 is scheduled for release in January 2018). Her award-winning romance and women’s fiction titles include The Jacks of Her Heart, Amber Light, Greta’s Grace, The Chapels on the Hill, and Island Healing.


Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.


Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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1st Prize (open internationally*):

– One $25.00 Amazon gift card

– A deep cranberry red scarf-shawl—so soft your skin will sigh and thank you!

– Inspirational art—a book of 20 pull-out 10” x 12” posters—each is a unique design and ready to frame, put on your fridge, or send to a friend who needs an uplifting message

– Two delicious Equal Exchange organic, fair-trade dark chocolate bars, one almond, one caramel crunch

*If an international winner is pulled, a second gift card will be received instead of the shawl, inspirational art, and chocolate bars.


2nd Prize (open internationally):

– One $25.00 Amazon gift card


Ends January 17th

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What about you? Have you ever been scuba diving? If not, would you want to?

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64 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough

  1. Kay Garrett

    I have never been scuba diving. I think it would be cool to do so like in crystal clear water looking at all the fish and colorful critters BUT hubby doesn’t swim so the likelihood of it happening are very slim.

    Something to Treasure by Virginia McCullough sounds like an awesome book – one I’ve put on my TBR list. I absolutely love the cover and the way the sunlight makes their silhouettes show up through the shared blanket.

  2. Connie Scruggs

    I’ve never been scuba diving. I have mixed feelings about it. The ocean is beautiful, but I don’t like the thought of fish and other things touching me.
    My uncle was a scuba diver and he has some beautiful pictures

    • Carrie

      I think I would flip out if a fish (or many fish) touched me underwater. Or above water for that matter LOL

  3. Paula S.

    Never been scuba diving. I don’t know how to swim and it’s too late now, I’m 68 years old!
    This looks like an interesting read!

  4. Lori Smanski

    I love the book cover. it tells a story of fun, companionship and happy times. I have been scuba diving and loved it. Would go again if it presented itself.

  5. Winnie Thomas

    I don’t think I’d like scuba diving very much. I’m not a water person, and I get claustrophobic easily, so I’m not enticed by the idea. I’d be interested in seeing the fish, etc. but I guess I’ll have to be content with visiting aquariums.

  6. Gloria

    I don’t dive but one of my sons and my husband have been certified to dive. I have done a little snorkeling though. This book sounds good. I put it on my wish list.

  7. Carol Luciano

    If I could go back I would definitely try it. I definitely want to read The Two Moon series. Both sound great.

  8. My husband is a certified diver and would love for me to get certified, but I just can’t wrap my head around being under water and breathing! 🙂 I do love to snorkel though (on top of the water). I love this story line–a PR person and a dive shop owner. Maybe it’s because I love the beach and can’t wait for June vacation, or that we’ve been in a 14-day stretch with temps well below freezing, but this story is calling my name. 🙂

  9. Thanks so much for hosting me on your site–it’s lovely! I enjoyed reading through these comments about scuba–my son and grandson are the scuba enthusiasts in my life. We were live-aboard sailors for many years and I got used to snorkeling, but my son really wanted to explore more. I’m like Karen, happy on the beach! Thanks for all the comments. I’m glad the cover appealed, too. I love it, but I’m biased.

  10. Melissa

    Impressive book bio. I personally would do scuba diving, but not cave diving because of the vertigo and you can get lost.

  11. Perrianne Askew

    I have been snorkeling, but not scuba diving. I hinestly don’t think I can scuba duve, I’m too claustraphobic. Thank your for the reciew and giveaway opportunity.

  12. Jocelyn

    Wow has she really written 100 books? That is impressive. I love that she writes about second chances.

  13. Natalya Lakhno

    Have you ever been scuba diving? NO
    If not, would you want to? I would love to 🙂
    BTW, the book cover is amazing!!!

  14. Elly

    I’ve never been scuba diving, but would LOVE to! My dad wants to try it sometime, too. Maybe we’ll get the chance to someday! (Oh, and that cover…ahh. Makes me wish I could be there too. I LOVE the water!)
    Elly -Indiana-

  15. Terrill R.

    My college boyfriend scuba-dived and thought I would like it. Back then, I probably would have, but not as I’ve gotten older. I’m more affected by heights and tight spaces now. I’m not sure why that changed, but being in a tight wetsuit in dark water doesn’t sound appealing anymore.

  16. Tracy DeLoach

    I love the book cover, but I’ve always been drawn to the water. I’ve spent summers my whole life at the beach and love swimming but I’ve never taken the time to learn to scuba dive. I would love to and I guess it’s never to late. 🙂

  17. Once again, thanks for hosting me, Carrie–you have such a good group of readers. I hope you’ll all go to my website and sign up for my mailing list. I don’t cram your in-boxes, I promise. I do like to feature other authors’ books, too. Good luck on the giveaway!

  18. Rachelle

    “Something To Treasure” is succinctly summarized in the synopsis. This looks like a great read for the beach or cozy next to the warm fireplace. I love reading stories of chance where two people meet on unpredictable circumstances. The cover art looks very fitting for the book’s description.

  19. Penny Mooney

    I love the cover and the blurb has me hooked. I am definitely reading Something to Treasure! Thank you for all the information we received.

  20. Sarah Phillips

    This book sounds so great! I’m really intrigued with your description…that it’s not the typical lighthearted romance, but more complex and multilayered. This definitely makes me want to read it more. The gorgeous cover screams romance and has drawn me in as well!

  21. I like that the characters are around 40 years old. I am 42, and sometimes it makes me feel a little strange, reading books where all the characters are in their early 20s.

  22. emilee

    I have never been scuba diving but I wouldn’t mind trying it. I love the book cover and would love to read the book!

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