THE TREASURE MAN
Ben Derrick, the object of her teenage crush, is the last person Chloe Timberlake expects to find lurking outside her family's deserted bed-and-breakfast. To give herself time to grow her jewelry design business, she suggests that the former diver serve as handyman in exchange for rent. Ben seems troubled, and Chloe can't resist the urge to coax The Treasure Man (4.5) out of his shell. Pamela Browning has a gift for creating memorable characters and richly detailed settings. This gem has earned a place on the keeper shelf.