Friday, January 12, 2024

The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton by Susan L. Tuttle: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

In her search for a rare gem, will Everleigh end up uncovering the true treasure of her heart?
Personal care nurse Everleigh Wheaton knows it only takes a few well-placed lies to ruin a reputation. She's experienced it time and time again. But there's a silver lining to repeatedly proving herself: she's confident and self-reliant.
When she loses yet another job and an enigmatic stranger offers her a potential way out, she's game. After all, she loves a good mystery, and an invitation to visit the legendary Halstead Manor is irresistible. But she's not about to let her guard down--especially with the other women who received the same invitation.
A strange voice on the phone tells them he's gathered the three of them to work together as treasure hunters. The first assignment requires Everleigh to be a traveling nurse for retired FBI agent Gertrude Levine, who has one cold case she just can't let go of: the Florentine diamond that went missing when the Austrian Empire fell.
With Everleigh's keen ability to solve puzzles, Natalie Daughtry's vast knowledge of history, and Brooke Sumner's connections to the antiques world, they're bound to track down the diamond. Except that Gertie's nephew, Niles Butler, doesn't trust Everleigh's innocent act . . . even if he finds himself falling for her. Worse, Everleigh's walls of self-preservation may doom the entire team.
Hints of real-life historical events combined with contemporary characters make this first book in the Treasures of Halstead Manor series a masterful blend of romance, mystery, and strong female friendships. Readers of authors like Denise Hunter and Nicole Deese who enjoy unfolding relationships and the organic discovery of God's love will relish this new series.

Susan L. Tuttle is a pastor's wife, mom, and the director of women's ministry at her church near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her previous work includes the Count on Love series, and the Carol Award finalist Love You, Truly. Learn more about Susan at

This book was such a wonderful blend of mystery, romance, history and faith. If you enjoy a good treasure hunt, this is absolutely a book that you won't want to miss. A group of strangers with unique skills are brought together to search for a missing jewel. With so many unique characters, it did take me a little bit to settle who was who, but after I'd got that settled in my mind, I found myself really enjoying this cast of characters. The characters were well written and had me drawn into their stories. I loved the adventure of it all, yes... but the relationships really made the story stand out. I really enjoyed that aspect of the story more than anything. 

This is the first book in a new series. The story ends in a way that really has me very much look forward to what is going to happen. I definitely am excited to read more from this group of characters! If you're looking for a great adventure with beautiful faith messages, this is definitely one to check out. 

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