(Treasures of Halstead Manor, 1)
Susan Tuttle is one of my absolute favorite authors. If her name is on it, I will read it. All of her books are on my keeper shelf with Love You, Truly being one of my favorite books of all time. If you haven’t read it, you must!
I was excited to hear about The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaten and its completely different and intriguing plot line! There are so many good nuggets of wisdom in this book that I could literally make this entire review all quotes! I won’t do that, but here are two of my favorites!
“I’m thankful God doesn’t balance the scales where we’re concerned, because His grace far outweighs our sins.”
“Only the good Lord is a mind reader, so speak clearly or don’t be upset when someone doesn’t hear what you’re thinking.”
Gertrude is the supplier of most of my favorite quotes. She actually ended up being my favorite character. I loved her relationship with Everleigh who is not only on a quest to find a long lost diamond, but on a quest to find herself too. Is she the introvert, loner she has always claimed to be or has her fear told her this is who she is? I enjoyed the burgeoning romance between Niles and Everleigh as he slowly broke down her walls. And walls she had. Her growth throughout the story was so well done and believable.
I’m looking forward to book two in this series! Ms. Tuttle has set us up for it perfectly at the end of this one! Here’s one final quote that has really stuck with me.
“Life is filled with all kinds of moments. Joy, laughter, grief, tears. They balance each other. I wouldn’t appreciate the sweet moments nearly as much if I never knew the painful ones. Our God is good. All the time.”
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. 4 stars. The faith thread is medium.
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 become confident and self-reliant. When she loses yet another job and an enigmatic stranger offers a solution to her financial troubles, she's game. After all, she loves a good mystery, and the invitation to visit the legendary Halstead Manor is irresistible.
But she's not about to let her guard down--especially not with the other women who received the same invitation. Life has taught her that trust is dangerous. A strange voice on the phone explains that he’s gathered the three of them to work together as treasure hunters.
Their 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 missing Florentine Diamond. 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 confident they'll track down the diamond. Except Gertie's nephew, Niles Butler, doesn't believe Everleigh is as innocent as she claims--even as he finds himself fascinated by her--and he's determined to block every move she makes.
If Everleigh can't learn to drop her walls of self-protection, the diamond treasure won't be the only thing she’ll lose.