Pearls by Lisa Mills is everything a good book should be. Romance, intrigue, mystery, buried treasure – this is one book I’d like to see made into a movie. It has all the right trappings for it. Isabel Palmer has moved to Venezuela to discover herself. Her mother, a native Venezuelan, moved to the US for love. Now Isabel wants to discover her roots and is living as an exchange student. Her maternal Grandmother gives her a precious gift – a five hundred year old diary that has been in the family for centuries. Isabel becomes intrigued with the mystery surrounding her ancestor, Rodrigo Valesquez and begins the task of translating the ancient document into modern language. She manages to acquire the help of local professor of archeology, Manuel Santiago. What they discover set them on a quest for buried treasure and a discovery about love and faith. To complicate matters, Isabel’s boyfriend Raul, a wealthy business man, sponsors the expedition. But danger lurks and soon Isabel isn’t sure which man she can trust. This book was excellent on so many levels. Not only was it well written, but I loved the way the actual story from the journal was woven into the modern day story. I highly recommend this book and I’ll be the first to recommend it as the next romantic suspense blockbuster.