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

Posted February 28, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Susan L. Tuttle / 6 Comments


The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton book review

The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton by Susan L Tuttle

THE RARE JEWEL OF EVERLEIGH WHEATON by Susan L Tuttle
SERIES: The Treasures of Halstead Manor #1
GENRE: Romance/Mystery/Dual Timeline (Christian)
PUBLISHER Kregel
RELEASE DATE: January 16, 2024
PAGES: 304

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’s writing voice is one that immediately engages me in a story and its characters and holds me captive until the last page, and she’s done so again in The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton!

“You want to be trusted, but you don’t want to be known.”

The idea of a Charlie’s Angels type scenario with a mysterious employer who only communicates by phone – his voice altered – hiring three strangers to hunt for a long-elusive diamond that once belonged to the Austrian royal family just sent my historical-mystery-Kate-Jackson-loving brain straight to cloud nine. I was intrigued by all three women brought together by the enigmatic Caspar and I look forward to learning more about Brooke and Natalie in their respective books, but my favorite so far is Everleigh. Maybe my favorite will change depending on who is the focus of each specific book (lol) but I really liked Everleigh in spite of her prickliness. Because when she does open up, it’s such a beautiful thing that even my heart smiled. Oh, but getting to the point where she does so more naturally is not an easy journey for Everleigh, yet the author designed this refining process for her protagonist with both insight and compassion… and a well-crafted riddle from Everleigh’s beloved uncle. Even the very diamond she is seeking has a profound truth to teach Everleigh, and this particular object lesson is one I won’t forget either.

“Wishing about the past is wasted emotion if it doesn’t lead to transformation in your present.”

My review of this delightful story would be decidedly lacking if I didn’t mention Gertrude and Niles – two of my other fave characters in this novel. Retired FBI agent Gertrude’s sass, humor, and straightforward wisdom kept me chuckling and gave her a firm place in my heart at the same time. I loved her relationship with her nephew Niles and the friendship between her and Everleigh. Which brings me to the romance in this book! At first glance Niles and Everleigh are like oil and water, but the eventual sparks between these two are proof positive that sometimes the two CAN successfully mix. They’re both very good at flirting, which is lots of fun to read, and I had to grab an additional fan once Niles becomes really intentional about pursuing her. I’ve still not quite recovered from a couple of swoony scenes, including their first kiss. Whew…

Bottom Line: I thoroughly enjoyed The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton by Susan L. Tuttle from beginning to end! This was such an entertaining read that quickly had me invested in the beautifully-layered characters and loving the Anastasia & Charlie’s Angels vibes, too. Romance, mystery, history, and an international treasure hunt kept me turning the pages, my own puzzle-loving mind whirring with possible outcomes. Tuttle masterfully uses each of those separate elements to propel the story forward at an even pace, revealing the broader picture a little at a time until everything comes together just perfectly. I am already eager for book two, more time with these characters, and the next treasure hunt!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. In the interest of full disclosure, the company for which I freelance as a blog/review tour coordinator was hired to promote this book with a blog/review tour & a social media tour, both at earlier dates. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fantastic!

KissingBook Level: 3+ / will forget to breathe on occasion

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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. Connect with Susan by visiting susanltuttle.com

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6 responses to “Book Review: The Rare Jewel of Everleigh Wheaton by Susan L. Tuttle

  1. Joy

    Love your review, Carrie! I loved this one as well! It was so much fun and yet held valuable lessons as well. I can’t wait for the next book!

  2. Okay, I have to admit I like swoony first kiss scenes. Plus, who doesn’t identify with characters (sounds like Everleigh in this book) who struggle with their own walls of self-preservation. Sounds like a fun book with a bit of soul searching. Thanks for the review!

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