Sometimes what we think we’re looking for isn’t exactly what we need to find.
Have you ever been stuck ruminating, picking at your flaws, withdrawing because you’re overly self-conscious? Kenzi in The Treasures We Seek is at expert level with her self-judgment. Months after a rough breakup, she’s still struggling to trust herself and others, and it’s showing up in her work. She needs constant affirmation that she’s doing a great job, even though she’s really talented.
On top of all that, her mother has asked—no, told—her to host the upcoming holiday meal for her family AND her boss just assigned her a big project to lead: designing the new headquarters for a high-end designer. No pressure.
Enter the best friend everyone needs to call you on your sh!t.
Lauren suggests that she and Kenzi escape to Italy for three weeks for an archaeological adventure—yep, the kind where you dig in the dirt for literal treasures. She knows that Kenzi is freaking out about her entire life right now, so a three-week vacation is definitely in order. She drags her to Europe with the hope that Kenzi will disconnect and recalibrate.
The thing is, Kenzi doesn’t feel comfortable trying new things because she’s so in her head about possibly screwing up, but she truly needs this trip so she can learn
some of those oh-so-important lessons from the Universe about how we can be brave a just little bit every day, try and fail and be ok, and generally start living again … feeling the earth shiver beneath our feet and connecting to it.
Worlds away from the bustle of Pittsburgh, PA, in the town of Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Kenzi and Lauren breath in the sweet sting of fresh lemons and gentle oleander, sink their hands into the dirt where emperors and their courts lived and loved, and open their hearts to new friends from all over the world seeking a chance for an adventure.
The Treasures We Seek is a beautiful story of coming back to yourself and being ok with your flaws, of learning to trust again, and of taking baby steps to build your confidence. If you love a good book about women coming into their own, then this is for you. Written with a style across between the calm brilliance of Barbara O’Neal and the snappy quirkiness of Christina Lauren, The Treasures We Seek is smart and funny, a delightful read that will have you not only journaling about your feelings but also grabbing all your girlfriends for a road trip.