Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Celebrate Lit Blog Tour: Treasure Atop the Mountain by Tanya L. Matthews

Book: Treasure Atop the Mountain

Author: Tonya L. Matthews

Genre: Faith-based Christian Fiction

Release date: August, 2019

Broken by the unfathomable. Frightened of the future. And unaware of God’s hand at work. Gracie grew up working in her grandfather’s ice cream shop in the small Kentucky town of Ridgewood. Ridgewood is a quiet town known for little but a 20-year-old rumor that treasures are hidden somewhere in its hills. But when misfortune strikes, Gracie is faced with challenges no 11-year-old should have to bear. She has to learn to continue to live now that nearly everything about her life has changed. The losses are so devastating that still years later she fights the nightmares. Yet folks in the town in their own unique way watch out for their little girl as she matures into a young woman. This is a story about Gracie Howard and how she finally found healing in a message that her grandfather shared with her as a little girl and from a town with hidden treasure.


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I really enjoy stories about Small Town Living. Treasure Atop the Mountain by Tonya L. Matthews is a Christian Fiction book that focuses an 11yr old girl from a Fictional Small Town, Ridgewood, Kentucky. 

I must say the book seemed a little slow at the beginning, I felt the story picked up in the Second chapter. Once the storyline picked up, there was no putting the book down. The author has a way of writing that really keeps the readers interest engaged. I really LOVED reading about the relationship Grace Howard has with her Grandfather, the man who has raised her since her parents died in a fire. The Small Town Ice Cream shop that she helps her grandfather run, is such a sweet part of the story. Grace really has a Strength like no other girl her age. She has endured so much in her life, but it truly made her a stronger person. Benjamin Kate is a new guy to Ridgewood and he comes with his own "baggage" from his past. Grace and Benjamin become fast friends. I really enjoyed the interactions between the pair and watching them grow together and help each other. This book is one of Strength, Forgiveness, and LOVE! I highly recommend it for those who love Christian Fiction and Heartwarming stories! GREAT BOOK! 

Tonya grew up on a family farm in Riverside, Kentucky. Her father recognized early on that hoeing tobacco and running hogs weren’t in her skill set. He opted to send her to college. Graduating from Western Kentucky University with honors, Tonya went on to support the business community for two decades as an executive for the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce where she served a primary role in the organization’s multiple national honors.

Tonya has found writing to be a healthy escape and effective therapy in tough seasons throughout her life. Tonya began writing Treasure atop the Mountain 15 years ago when she and her husband were trying to start their family and encountered multiple disappointments. Ultimately, they signed up to be foster parents and adopted.

Tonya’s been married to Todd Matthews for 25 years. They have two grown daughters. In August 2019, she published Treasure atop the Mountain—a fiction novel based on real-life emotions that can be related to by many. Tonya’s second novel in the TREASURE series, Roxie Applesauce, released in August 2021. She’s currently writing the series’ third book, Get Will. Additionally, in 2022, she will debut the first two books in her children’s book series.


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Treasure atop the Mountain provided for me a glimpse of hope that I needed at the time I wrote it. In the book, Gracie experiences misfortune no young girl should have to bear. Yet, in the end, she witnesses all the broken pieces come together and is overwhelmed by God’s hand in it.

When Todd and I got married in 1996, we didn’t try starting our family right away, and when we decided that we were ready, it didn’t come easy. We struggled for several years through disappointment after disappointment. I’d get home from work at the end of a long day and lean against the kitchen door facing, drop to the floor and breathe for what felt like the first time that. I was hurting and doing my best to hide it.

My sister and my two sisters-in-law were pregnant, and I was covering three positions at work for people on maternity leaves. I really needed an escape because there was not a conversation I could have with family, friends at church, or at work that didn’t involve their lives moving forward when mine wasn’t in that area. I literally just sat down in the back room of our house with our computer on a card table and just started writing. I ran the emotions I was dealing with through the characters and wrote the book that I needed to read. Eventually, we adopted two girls from foster care and with our careers, life was busy, but I never let go of the book. Over the years friends and family read rough drafts and provided feedback.

Since publishing Treasure atop the Mountain in August 2019, I’ve met so many precious people. I love to hear when people are encouraged and relate to the message in the book. We all know fear, anger, and disappointment. And we all need reminded that we will feel joy again. Since I’ve written the second in the Treasure Series. Roxie Applesauce is on tour in March. The third in the series, Get Will, will launch in 2022. A series of children’s books will release in 2022.

To celebrate her tour, Tonya is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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Rita Wray said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the book.

Stormy Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

I enjoyed following the tour, Tonya, and Treasure Atop the Mountain sounds like a great read for me! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Happily Managing a Household of Boys, for sharing your thoughts! Have a fantastic day!

marisela zuniga said... Best Blogger Tips

The book sounds very good!

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest. 

Bea LaRocca said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for sharing your review of this book, it sounds like a wonderful story, a must read for me

megana said... Best Blogger Tips

I must read this asap! Thanks for sharing!

Jodi Hunter said... Best Blogger Tips

I am checking this out for sure.

slehan said... Best Blogger Tips

My brother would like this book.

Debbie P said... Best Blogger Tips

This sounds like a book that I m going to enjoy.

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