Thursday, February 22, 2024

THE RARE JEWEL OF EVERLEIGH WHEATON (Treasures of Halstead Manor #1) by Susan Tuttle, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"That woman's a thief."

"It took approximately four words to kill a reputation." Unfortunately, those four little words packed a wicked punch, costing Everleigh Wheaton her job; to his credit her employer didn't really believe the blowhard who spoke them, but he was afraid that his customers would, plus . . . that little sin of omission on her job application? Not exactly a testimony of honesty. Watch carefully, and you might be able to see the fortress around Everleigh's heart inch up higher and higher than ever before . . .
 . . . out of nowhere comes an invitation. "Your presence is requested at Halstead Manor tomorrow morning at nine o'clock. Sincerely, Casper" Should she? She should. And she would. And she did. The people Everleigh proceeds to meet and the ensuing assignment she decides to accept manage to challenge her in ways that she could have never imagined. A massive gem. A treasure hunt. A tragic figure. An opportunity to form friendships and a chance to tear down walls. "Was she coal or could she choose to be a diamond?"
Love a good sleuth story? This is most definitely the book for you! With its delightfully diverse characters stretching from the past to the present, following nebulous clues and learning valuable life lessons, it's possible that you will want to join the team!

"What is both unsolvable while also being the only solution?" It's a puzzle worth solving. "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars 

BackCover Blurb:
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. 

Kregel Publishing, January 16, 2024
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