The Treasure Box by Penelope Stokes
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Vita Kirk is a travel writer who has never left her hometown. In fact, she rarely leaves her house. Due to deep wounds and bitter losses, Vita has chosen isolation over vulnerability. But when she stumbles across an antique chest in a hole-in-the-wall boutique, she discovers a puzzling link to her past and her physical surroundings mysteriously begin to change. Inscribed in the treasure chest are the words, "Love is the key that unlocks every portal."

The power of these words prove to unlock a part of Vita she thought had died years ago.

"Stories like this go by many different names-fantasy, time-shift, magical realism. Some are overtly Christian or religious in nature, others are not. But from a spiritual perspective, the common thread in all these works is the redeeming, transforming power of God's grace not only to alter the future but to change our understanding of the past."--Penelope Stokes


About Penelope Stokes

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Penelope J. Stokes is the critically acclaimed author of The Blue Bottle Club, The Amethyst Heart , The Amber Photograph , The Treasure Box, The Wishing Jar and The Memory Book . She holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature and was a college professor for 12 years before leaving the classroom to write full-time. Stokes resides in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at
Published January 7, 2004 by Thomas Nelson. 308 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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