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Montezuma's treasure, mysterious events, family secrets, and the importance of learning about your ancestors are themes in MontezumaIntrigue. When a leather parchment of Montezuma's map is found in great-grandfather Evans' old chest, April and the twins know this summer is going to be a memorable one. With Julia's help, she and the girls convince John to go on a treasure hunt. Is Montezuma's treasure a legend or reality? Whatever the case, John insists on keeping their little treasure hunt a secret. If certain ...
Montezuma's treasure, mysterious events, family secrets, and the importance of learning about your ancestors are themes in MontezumaIntrigue. When a leather parchment of Montezuma's map is found in great-grandfather Evans' old chest, April and the twins know this summer is going to be a memorable one. With Julia's help, she and the girls convince John to go on a treasure hunt. Is Montezuma's treasure a legend or reality? Whatever the case, John insists on keeping their little treasure hunt a secret. If certain people find out about it, the family could be in danger.
Posted June 3, 2012
Reviewed by Fiona I. for Readers Favorite
"Montezuma’s Treasure" is a well-known legend, and many people think it is just that: an interesting legend of how Montezuma’s followers hid the king’s treasure away, to prevent it falling into the hands of the Spanish conquistadors. The legend also says that ancient guardians protect the treasure and move the cache when danger arises. However, when the twins, 19-year-old Faith and Sharlene Evans, go scratching around in the family attic, they find some interesting stuff in great-grandfather Evans's old chest, including an old map on maguey parchment. Could it be the map to Montezuma’s treasure? The twins are keen to head off on an adventure as soon as possible, and their elder sister April agrees. What could be better than a summer vacation spent looking for treasure? For some reason, their father seems reluctant to embark on what could be the most exciting adventure of their lives. Julia, their mother, is an investigative journalist and so the idea intrigues her. Soon, the family has persuaded John and they set off for a remarkable experience. Tagging along for the ride are grandpa Evans, and Matthew, a family friend who is secretly crazy about April. Although the family tries to keep the map a secret, the news gets out and reaches the ears of Devollyn, an unscrupulous antiques dealer and relic hunter. He and Julia have crossed paths in the past. Devollyn’s henchman Nick Machiavelli is instructed to spy on the family. He strikes up a friendship with Faith, and finds himself falling for her. However, Nick is not quite what he seems to be… Can the Evans family find Montezuma’s treasure and overcome the dangers that arise? How do members of the family deal with past secrets suddenly revealed, and new emotions?
This is a light, engaging book with plenty to entertain readers interested in family sagas and adventure. Linda Weaver Clarke has created a likeable and believable cast, with each character bearing his or her own unique personality traits. The book highlights family relationships, and the importance of heritage and legacies. These can be either tangible, historical items, or simply memories and stories to be handed down and cherished. Love and romance also play their part as grandpa Evans relates the poignant tale of his courtship and marriage; John and Julia affirm their long-standing marriage; and Matthew and April make decisions about their feelings for each other. This book is an unusual mix of romance, suspense, adventure, and intrigue, and given the appeal of the characters, this wonderful blend produces a book well worth reading. I really enjoyed it.
Posted April 16, 2012
Adventure finds the Evans family once again in this 3rd book of the series, but this time the girls are the ones to discover the awaiting quest. While rummaging through the attic, in an old wooden chest (that father John didn’t want them to rummage in, mind you) they find old family treasures of their great grandparents. Letters, journal, clothing and a map. Looks like a pirate treasure map, but neighbor Matthew informs them it is a map of Montezuma’s treasure. How did they get the map and is it really going to lead them to a treasure?
John, the worrier in the family and rightfully so with 3 daughters and a reporter wife, isn’t too keen on the adventure but gives in as a family trip.. together. Julia’s father is going to come with them on the camping trip. He shares a much more valuable treasure than anything you can find in a cave, family legacy!
Devollyn, treasure seeker and nemesis of Julia’s finds out about the map and sends his young foreman to uncover the secrets and steel them map for him. Machiavelli works his way into the family via one of the twin daughters, not realizing he would fall for her. Is treasure worth the loss of relationship available to him?
Such strong family ties in this novel. Looking at family legacy, and unearthing memories and stories of the past. Family heritage and the love of Christ is so much more important than any treasure that can be stored up on earth, such as Montezuma’s treasure. The Evan's family is a dynamic, close knit family that models a grace filled structure through the atonement of Christ. I love how Matthew and April are beginning to see the deeper love for each other, and have John and Julia as role models on a marriage.
Linda Weaver Clarke creates growing characters in her novels as you read from book 1 through 3 (4 to come!!) and you get to know them like old friends. I love the family dynamics in her books and so enjoyed having Grandpa join in on this journey to add that extended family element to the story. Delving into family history and learning that legacy of the family is so valuable.
I LOVE reading Linda’s books. They are the type of book that you hate to set down, but you don’t want it to end either!
Posted October 26, 2011
Linda Weaver Clarke has done it again. I am charmed by her new book, Montezuma Intrigue. The mysteries continue as this author entrances us with life-like characters and electrifying adventures. The search for Montezuma's treasure is both exciting and memorable. This time, the story took me on a rugged, outdoor adventure with the Evans family in search of Montezuma's treasure, through canyons and ravines and caves, aided by an antique parchment map found in an old wooden chest in the attic. There are also a few romances, and some surprises as well, which kept my reading pleasurable and lively. I enjoyed the adventure and suspense in her latest novel, which kept me reading well into the night.
--Review Written by Susan Ortlieb, Suko's Notebook
Posted May 23, 2011
The whole Evans family is back for another wild and dangerous adventure. This time they have Grandpa along for the ride. When John and Julia's three daughters discover a hidden family treasure map, they convince their parents to conduct their own search for the fortune. They run into all sorts of danger along the way - including an enemy of Julia's who is intent to make her pay for their past troubles.
Julia's daughter, Faith, meets up with a handsome archaeologist who seems just a bit too interested in their hunt for the treasure. Faith is sure the guy's only interest is in her, but her friends and family fear he has ulterior motives.
As the search begins, Julia's father tells the family of how he met their grandmother. A story he never told anyone before, not even Julia. The family is enraptured by his tale and eager to learn more about their family's history, but the story comes to a crashing halt when their lives are threatened by treasure seekers.
This story mixes adventure, suspense and romance into one captivating story. The addition of Julia's parents' romance makes a nice backdrop to the mystery surrounding the hidden treasure. Readers will be enchanted by the entire family, as well as gripped by the terror inflicted on them by the bad guys.
I do hope we will visit with the Evans' family again. They are so enjoyable to get to know.