I have been looking forward to reading A Woman to Treasure by Ali Vali, especially after I heard her mention how much she loved writing the novel. When you hear an author of Ms. Vali’s caliber loving a story and excited about making it into a series, you know it has to be good.
After reading this book, I can tell you emphatically, that it is better than good. It is a fantastic mystery and adventure story with a beautiful romance to soften the tale. The mystery/adventure part of the novel reminds me a bit of a combination of The Da Vinci Code and ‘Indiana Jones’ series, but with two intelligent women instead of Tom Hanks and Harrison Ford.
Yasmine Hassani, a professor of female studies in Morocco and an expert on the history of the Knights Templar works alongside antiquities dealer, and history lover Levi Montbard to solve a puzzle that intrigues them both; the history of what happened to the Knights Templar and the possible existence of a female knight. Unfortunately, certain members of the Catholic Church do not want this mystery solved and will do anything to stop Levi and Yasmine.
The setting of this story takes you on a wild ride from Paris to New Orleans, London, and Morocco, and even into the Sahara Desert. The characters are perfect for the parts they play, both main and secondary. The romance between Levi and Yasmine is actually very gentle and a joy to read.
A Woman to Treasure is an exceptional novel filled with excitement, danger, intrigue, and love. I enjoyed every word of the story and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.