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

January 22, 2024


About the Book

The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton

Title: The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton
The Treasures of Halstead Manor
Susan L. Tuttle
Release Date: January 16, 2024
Women's Fiction / Romance

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.

My Thoughts

Susan Tuttle has started such a great series! I was intrigued the entire time and wanted to know how it would end. Definitely a page turner.

This had Charlie's Angels/ National Treasure vibes and I loved it! There is plenty of adventure as the cast of characters are set into a hunt for a missing diamond. I absolutely enjoyed all the characters in the story but this story focuses on Everleigh. I really enjoyed the journey that we went with her. I really could relate to her introvert side and anxiety of letting others get too close to you. She truly goes through a change and her walls come crumbling thanks to the help of Gertrude and Niles.

I absolutely loved Gertrude! She was definitely my favorite character. She has this no nonsense wisdom and bits of truth bombs that were perfect additions to the story. It was great to see that even despite her disability she didn't let that stop her from being active and a big role in the treasure hunt. Her grandson Niles was overprotective but he also helps Everleigh break down those walls of letting people in. Of course it doesn't hurt that you can feel their attraction for each other jump off the page!!

The author did such a great job with the different settings and the historical aspect of the storyline. At first I thought it would turn into a dual timeline but it is not. She provides you with enough historical background to try solve the mystery of the missing diamond. I mean if you are like me, when I read these types of stories I want to solve the mystery myself. I must say I failed and I was surprised at the end.

I will not divulge too much of this story but know that this is a page turner. I cannot wait to read book 2 and learn more about these ladies that all have very different qualities and gifts they bring to the team. I also can't wait to find out more about the mystery man... Caspar! (you'll have to read the book to know what I am talking about!!)

Overall I really enjoyed this book. It had adventure, mystery, romance and a spiritual thread that focused on God's acceptance and friendships. God didn't intend for us to do life alone despite our intorverted selves. Definitely a must for your reading list!

I received a copy of this book for review. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

Susan L Tuttle

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.

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