Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton by Susan L. Tuttle, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
About the Book
Title: The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton
Series: The Treasures of Halstead Manor
Author: Susan L. Tuttle
Release Date: January 16, 2024
Genre: 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.
In My Opinion
I’ve enjoyed all of Susan L. Tuttle’s books, and when I read about her upcoming release, I had to read it. In The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton, Tuttle expands on her contemporary romance roots and adds a bit of mystery in the way of treasure hunt of sorts.
Because of situations in her past, Everleigh is guarded. Maybe a little too much at times, but Tuttle does an excellent job of making her title character both lovable and frustrating. The woman is almost too smart for her own good sometimes.
The characters work well together. The two other women who are brought in on the mysterious search for a lost diamond also have their secrets (which we should get answers two as this series progresses), the woman who Everleigh cares for is insightful and becomes a mentor, and Niles is both aggravating and protective.
While the treasure hunt was interesting and entertaining, the real heart of this story is in the relationships of the characters and Everleigh’s growth as the story progressed. If you’re looking for a novel with realistic relationship dynamics, some travel to beautiful places, and some clues to pick up along the way, The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton checks everything on the list.
Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
About the Author
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(1) winner will win a signed, print copy of The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton + book-themed goodies!
Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight January 15, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on January 22, 2024. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
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