A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance Series #2)

A Glitter of Gold (Georgia Coast Romance Series #2)

by Liz Johnson

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Overview

Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.

Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do again: trust a man.

Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that's turning up nothing will take all their dedication--and every secret they've tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world--love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800729417
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Georgia Coast Romance Series , #2
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 160,779
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of Silver, A Glitter of Gold, The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, and On Love's Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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A Glitter of Gold 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
ARS8 12 hours ago
This is my favorite book by author Johnson. You cannot go wrong with a modern day story with characters who jump right off the pages and into your heart. Not to mention a shipwreck over 200 years ago and the tangible proof that washes up on shore along with a family diary that records a young woman's desperate attempt to save her brother while signing on to the ship of a well known captain. So much good stuff to savor. Anne Norris (Bonny) has already experienced more than most young people. Her past story is a somber lesson on being careful of choosing friends and groups to belong to. Her parents were great and their love just poured through to her. Carter Hale could have had everything handed to him if he just followed his father's life plan for him. However, Carter decided to choose his own way and by doing this reaches a turning point where both he and Anne meet. And that meeting begins a heartwarming story of love and acceptance while taking lessons from the past. I am looking forward to more in this series as each story has been very unique. I was provided a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.
john316AS 2 days ago
Just when I thought Liz Johnson couldn’t top her last book, she gives us Glitter of Gold, which depicts two characters who are searching for a break from their bad luck. The story takes us into a mystery of a sunken ship and unravels a series of nail-biting facts that leads Carter and Anne into a new journey. This author offers intriguing settings, with such descriptive writing, that it’s easy to transform ourselves into the story. It was difficult to put this book down and will give you a thirst for other books by this author.
HappyBookHugger 2 days ago
Quite frankly, I had absolutely no idea what to think of this book when I first started it. Not in a bad way at all! I’ve read almost all of Liz Johnson’s books and have always really enjoyed them. From suspense to romance to everything in between, if she’s writing it, I’d like to read it. But having not yet read the first book in the series, I was entirely unprepared for what I might find between the covers. What I found was a dual-storyline romance that tugged on my heart and almost brought me to tears more than once. I found a story about shame, regret, fear, hope, justice, grace, and treasure. And a beautiful definition of what treasure really is. My favorite thing about any fiction novel, regardless of genre, is always the characters and Ms. Johnson’s are some of the best! I connected with Anne very quickly and her story broke my heart. For the fear and shame she lived with and the quest for freedom that was coming up empty again and again. I wanted her to find everything she was searching for and so much more! I didn’t connect quite as quickly with Carter, though I did come to really like him, too. He was struggling to prove that everything he had worked for, all he had done, was worth everything he had left behind. And the dual-storyline had me turning pages, for the mystery it held kept me as intrigued as Anne and Carter! Though I loved the main characters, my favorite secondary character was unquestionably Aunt Tessie. Her kind spirit and honesty made me wish she was my aunt, too! And I loved how her character was given space to share truth and give the others a good kick in the pants when needed. My only mildly negative comment is that it did take me a couple chapters to really get into the story and find it to be a page turner. I actually put it aside and read something else, before coming back to finish it. Though I’m very confident that had more to do with where my mind was, than the story itself. I also very much enjoyed how the author wove in the topics of grace, truth, shame, and letting go of the past. The story didn’t come across as “preachy” or anything like that, but rather, I thought it was handled very well and with a grace such subjects don’t always find in fiction. It wasn’t glossed over with pretty words, nor did it slow down the story for a sermon. An excellent balance. Overall, I very much enjoyed this book and am looking forward to tracking down a copy of the first book! *My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book! I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise, and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
lolly-pops 2 days ago
A GLITTER OF GOLD is book two in Ms. Johnson's A Georgia Coast Romance series, but it easily stands alone. As with the first book--A Sparkle of Silver--she writes in dual time periods. Both historical and contemporary. The hero's storyline mirrors parts of the movie National Treasure, with him raised with a story of a massive treasure and his father discouraging his seeking it. The treasure will take over his life and consume him. The heroine has a tainted path and just wants to hide, but her accidental discovery sucks her into the limelight even though she didn't want to go. What will happen Carter discovers her secrets? I love Ms. Johnson's romance books and while this might not be my favorite story of hers, it is engaging and drew me in. I wanted to go along for the ride and forget life for awhile, but I had other responsibilities that forced me away. Ms. Johnson is one of my top five favorite romance authors. In fact, maybe two three. There is a mystery included in this tale, too. Grab your copy of A GLITTER OF GOLD while it's still hot. You'll be glad you did. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
Teadrinker 4 days ago
Anne Norris has been through some tough times. To escape the memories of her past, she moves to Savannah, Georgia for a fresh start. She not only starts over in a new place but she starts a new business leading pirate tours. However, the tourist business can be fickle and paying rent requires a steady income. At the same time, her family misses her back in her home town in California so she feels pressure to return home even though she can't face the past. Anne isn't sure what to do so she takes a walk on the beach after a hurricane--and finds evidence of a shipwreck off the coast. She wonders if this could help her business--if it is real. She takes her new found item to a local museum and meets Carter--who has struggles of his own to deal with. Could this be the answer to both of their problems--or will it cause more trouble for Anne? After reading A Sparkle of Silver last year, I was anxiously awaiting the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series. A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson did not disappoint. I enjoyed the mystery in this book and the romance. Also, there is a dual timeline story through an old diary that makes this book extra enticing to read. The diary story line invites the reader to an adventure from 250 years ago. The modern story shares how two people can face challenges and overcome hurts from their past and make a better future. Both stories in A Glitter of Gold invite the reader to hope for both the characters and their own lives. I especially liked the discussion of shame and grace near the end of the book. A Glitter of Gold does not include a set of discussion questions but it would make a good book for a book club to read. The author does include a sneak peak into the final book in the series at the back of the book--which leaves me anxiously awaiting that release! I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
LisetteRue 4 days ago
Hurricane Lorenzo certainly didn’t help Anne Norris’ tour business, which has already been struggling. Finding work is not easy when you’re a convicted felon. She had no knowledge of what would happen, yet she spent five years and seven months in jail. She fled California to Savannah, Georgia, and Tybee Island to be free. Anne finds a sword hilt made of gold, and she takes her find to Dr. Carter Hale. He’s astounded by it, thinking it proves a shipwreck described in an 18th-century family diary. To date, he’s never been able to pinpoint where the ‘Catherine’ may have sunk. Carter is attracted to Anne the first time he sees her, and locating the shipwreck is his life’s passion. Somehow, he convinces Anne to work with him. Her only demand is that he never give out her name, though she doesn’t disclose why. She knows she should tell him, as Carter’s Aunt Tessie has figured out her past. After hurricane damage, Carter doesn’t have the money for the repairs after insurance, and Anne doesn’t know if she’ll have two dollars next week. Will the search to find the shipwreck be a boon to their respective lives or a titanic sinking of their budding relationship? While this is the second in the ‘Georgia Coast Romance’ series, this read as a standalone novel, which I appreciated, having not read the first one. This novel shows two main characters working to find acceptance of themselves through God’s grace. Anne has been bogged down these years past with the weight of perceived guilt and the burden of shame, while Carter has avoided the Hale name and his father for many years. My favorite part of the story was reading excerpts from the diary; I found the high-seas adventures to be captivating. Johnson’s story has a strong constitution to hold up her swiftly-moving, inspirational, contemporary romance. It is part treasure hunt and part exploration-of-self. I didn’t love it, but I did like it. It has verve. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
Belovedbrat 5 days ago
Title: A Glitter of Gold Author: Liz Johnson Series: Georgia Coast Romance book 2 Chapters: 21 plus epilogue Pages: 368 Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance Rating: 4 stars A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson is the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series but can be read as a standalone. This book follows different characters than the first book. Anne Norris has moved to Georgia and started a walking history tour of the city but she's running from her past. Carter Hale a museum director and the black sheep of his family but still wants to make the name Hale proud. When the hilt of a sword brings them together and leads to a possible shipwreck. Anne agrees to help Carter find the ship but he must leave her name out of the media he makes the promise to do but later will find himself not sure that he can help that promise. Mistakes that Anne made in her past has her questioning rather or not she deserves to have a future. Carter doesn't think he should plan for wife or kids until he meets his goals in life. Neither was looking for love or a relationship but can the quest for a shipwreck and a journal from past show this two what they really want and who writes their story. This book was a little show starting out that it took me a bit to get into at first, but after a few chapters it picked up and before I knew it I wanted to know what was going to with not only the shipwreck but what if anything was going to happen between Anne and Carter. The main theme of this book is grace, but more importantly God's Grace. Which is something that both Anne and Carter need to learn. I loved the historical mystery of the shipwreck and the amateur genealogist in me loved the fact that someone in the story had genealogical ties to the shipwreck. It gave the final touch to make the story come full circle. I would recommend this one to fans of Christian fiction, those who love sweet stories, and a bit of mystery in their comptnary fiction. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone. I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. All Opinions expressed are mine alone.
MelissaF 6 days ago
I haven’t read a book by Liz in awhile so I was eager to pick this one up. What a lovely setting for a book to take place. I loved Anne’s backstory, something that would definitely cause a woman not to trust a man again. Carter is a great guy, trying to find his own way, a part from a family that doesn’t agree with the path he has chosen. We also get a bit of a time-hop in this book as we read the dairy that Carter found. This book wasn’t my favorite but it was good, well-written, just not as exciting (I guess for lack of a better word) as I wanted it to be, but still a good read. A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.
PrincessGlor 7 days ago
This is my FAVORITE Liz Johnson book to date. I have read most all(I haven't read her Christmas story yet) and this is with out a doubt the best one yet! I loved the premise of the diary and learning about Rebecca's story after the diary. I adored the character of Anne, and I really liked Carter too. The banter between Anne and Carter was fantastic and I was cheering for both of them to find their HEA. Aunt Tessie was a great addition to the story and I loved her wisdom that she shared with both Carter and Anne. All in all, a pretty perfect story. Ir you like romance and mystery in one story, this is the book for you! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
TheCompulsiveReader7 7 days ago
(4 stars) - a slow beginning but worth the investment [This is book 2 of Liz Johnson's Georgia Coast Romance series, but each title is a standalone] I loved the premise of this book. The characters are well drawn & engaging. The writing succeeds in drawing the reader in smoothly. The journal entries read more like a novel than a diary, but they do a great job of enhancing the story. Unfortunately, the first half of the book after the introductory set up began to feel repetitive and overly angsty. Happily, the second half made up for it, and the conclusion is quite satisfying. *Clean romance level: passionate kisses *Religion: generic Christian, takes up very little space (ie a part of the characters' arc rather than the plot) not preachy
twhitehead 8 days ago
I love this Georgia Coast Romance series. This is the second one that I have read so far and cannot wait to read the next one. Reading about areas that I am familiar with makes it so much more interesting. This contemporary romance by Liz Johnson is filled with trust issues, treasure hunting, pirate stories, a diary that leads the way, and unexpected love. Anne finds the hilt of a sword in the aftermath of a hurricane and finds herself in the local museum in Savannah. When she takes that hilt to the museum director, Carter, she finds that he is a wealth of information. The diary he has holds key information that could help them find the rest of the sword. The treasure found may not be just from the ship. A great story!
NDowning 8 days ago
This is the first book I’ve read by Liz Johnson. I thought the story sounded intriguing, so I thought it would be fun to review. Overall, I wasn’t disappointed. The author writes well and captured my attention pretty quickly. The story developed quickly and the characters were fairly believable. A couple of things that seemed a little distracting to me were that I felt a couple of times that something had been left out, or taken out of the story. It seemed that a conversation was referred to that I didn’t remember reading about, but maybe that was just me… One other thing that bothered me was that the main character had this issue that she had been struggling with since the beginning of the story was suddenly solved after one conversation with another person. It just didn’t seem very realistic. But like I said it was overall a good book. I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.
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RuthieJonesTX 11 days ago
"It don't have to be gold or silver or nothin' that glitters. Anything a man sets his mind on is his treasure." A little bit of treasure sure can go a long way, and for Anne and Carter, who are both battling their own financial demons, finding a glittering artifact seems like the answer to their prayers. But sometimes you have to discover the past, let go of mistakes and grudges, and open up to forgiveness and acceptance before you can reap any benefits that a bit of gold is willing to give. A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson is the second in the Georgia Coast Romance series, but the setting and characters are different, so these books can stand alone. There is a similarity between both books in that they have a story within a story. In A Glitter of Gold, the modern story is linked to a marvelous tale that unfolds across the pages of a 250-year-old diary. Both Anne and Carter are each running from a past that refuses to unhook its harmful tentacles. Holding on to resentment or regret will always bring nothing but heartache and fear of commitment. After paying a heavy price for unwittingly becoming embroiled in a deadly scheme, Anne flees California and starts a new life in Savannah, Georgia, as the owner and only employee of Rum Runners History Tours, but she is stuck in a holding pattern as she hides from her past. Carter is struggling to save the Savannah Maritime Museum and keep himself employed, but he is stuck in a holding pattern as well because he staunchly refuses to even acknowledge his family name and wealth as a possible solution. Both Anne and Carter are stubbornly determined to stand on their own two feet, even as their world crumbles around them. "All is not lost, even when it may seem so." Hurricane Lorenzo hits the coast of Georgia, and both Anne's and Carter's lives will never be the same. A chance discovery following this storm sets these two on a long overdue decisive course that will force them to open their eyes and hearts to self-forgiveness, acceptance, and love. Everything about this story is enjoyable, including the old diary entries that bring to life a tale of sweet romance, pirates, and a sunken ship that could mean the answer to both Anne's and Carter's financial woes. If they could only find it. And therein lies the problem. Who in their right mind would financially back a wild goose chase that is based on nothing more than a bit of gold, a young girl's diary, and two people dripping with desperation? A Glitter of Gold is entertaining all the way through, and Liz Johnson has uniquely weaved together old and new adventures to produce an entrancing tale full of interesting characters and a madcap dash to keep the financial wolves at bay, which also fans the flames of a sweet romance that is full of healing, laughter, reconciliation, and second chances. While A Glitter of Gold is enjoyable, it is also a reminder of the well-worn cliché that 'all that glitters (or glisters if you're a Shakespeare fan) is not gold.' Friendship, trust, family, and hope are so much more valuable when seeking true happiness and freedom from a dark past and a resentful youth. In their search for a lost ship, Anne and Carter just might find a cache of personal riches that is far more precious than gold.
Digging4Pearls 11 days ago
Liz Johnson has a way of developing characters that weave their way into the heart of the reader. I love how she used characters who were broken and fallible. It was exciting to see both the hero and heroine grow and take risks. The story is full of ups and downs as the characters navigate through their joined quest to find a forgotten treasure. Not only do they grow and learn to be more open, they also deepen spiritually, which I love to see in a story. It's a book you'll love. ~ This book was provided free but I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review. The pleasure is mine. (2019
Melmanro 12 days ago
A Glitter of Gold is the latest of Liz Johnson’s Georgia Coast Romances. This stand-alone novel is a treasure trove of romance and suspense. Anne Norris has recently moved to Savannah from California to get a new start in life, but her pirate tour business isn’t doing so well. Carter Hale is a local museum director interested in all kinds of local history, but the museum isn’t doing so well either. When Anne stumbles upon what appears to be a find from an old shipwreck, the two of them join together in a search that could change the businesses they run and their very lives. Neither of them is looking for romance, but maybe it found them! Liz Johnson holds the reader’s attention with the addition of a diary and letters written in the 1700’s containing tales of shipwrecks and pirates. I was just as invested in the story of the diary writer as I was in the story of Carter and Anne. I felt like I was reading alongside Anne as she and Carter dare to solve this mystery of the old shipwreck. The spiritual messages in A Glitter of Gold are an integral part of the story. The characters discover a God who loves them and covers them in grace. I have loved every book I’ve read by Liz Johnson and this one joins the others as a delightful, intriguing read. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are completely my own.
EElizabeth 13 days ago
Pirates. Diaries. Sunken Ships. Treasure Hunts. If your are looking for a book about any of these topics, you'll definitely want to read Liz Johnson's A Glitter of Gold. While the main story takes place in current times, you'll also be drawn into the story that takes place in the 1700s through the diary. I loved the two stories taking place at the same time and that I, as the reader, only found out what happened next in the diary story when Anne found out. It made me feel as if I were reading the diary over Anne's shoulder or something. I did not like the fact that this book ended because I was not ready to leave the characters, and the stories, and the fun I was having. But in spite of the fact that it ended, it is still a wonderful book that will sweep its readers away to the Georgia coast and give them an escape from their lives while entertaining them with stories of diaries, pirates and treasure hunts. I would recommend this book to all who enjoy contemporary romance, pirate stories, and shipwrecks. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Virginiaw 14 days ago
This book made me laugh and cry. This was one of my favorite books so far this year. I loved the characters and the story. I loved the diary parts that showed us what it was like on a merchant ship years ago. This had action and romance. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
TrixiO 14 days ago
A 250 year old diary, an ancient sword hilt & a pirate legend all mash up to bring adventure, love and the promise of a treasure worth far more than gold! I’m not sure how to put how I feel about this story other than I loved everything about it! And even that seems lame compared to what is contained within the pages of the book. Because I don’t want to underscore how it grabbed a hold of me from the very first page & then Liz Johnson sealed it by including pages of an ancient diary about pirates and the danger of the high seas! Wow, you’re in for quite an adventure with “A Glitter of Gold”! I think I loved Anne from the very start. She’s smart, a little sassy, and wants to make a new name for herself after a tragic past. A past which she had no control over and cost her dearly. Living with guilt and shame, she runs to Savannah, Georgia to start a pirate tour company. Because if it’s one thing she loves, it’s a good story and the history behind it. Carter has his own family issues he’s not dealt with and a failing museum. When Anne brings him evidence of a shipwreck he’s been trying to prove really happened…he sees doors opening for his dream career. Trying to convince her to partner up with him proves difficult at best. But the pages of a diary sway her just enough to go along for the ride. I really love how Johnson incorporated two stories in one, the distant past and in today’s world. So it’s like getting your cake and the best frosting in the world coating it! This has so many layers to uncover and each one is more delightful than the previous one. Being a romantic at heart, I found pleasure in watching these two fall in love. Anne has been burnt in the romance department, so seeing her open up to the possibility was charming. It just proves that love can come from unexpected places. There were also some very powerful spiritual messages included. Carter was reminded that God saw him as more than what he thought he was & His grace can set Anne free from guilt and shame. Oh, and I really loved Aunt Tessie! She was a wise woman who God used to speak truths into their lives and engulf them in her healing hugs. She had that southern charm and welcoming spirit. This one is for contemporary inspirational fiction readers who also love a little touch of historical & a romance to warm the heart! * This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.*
FHlady 14 days ago
Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia to escape her past. Because of the history of pirates in the area, Anne starts a pirate tour guide business; but it has not been very successful, and she is about to lose her apartment. She discovers a gold sword hilt on the beach after a heavy storm and takes it to the local maritime museum run by Carter Hale III. The museum is struggling as well. Will her sword hilt connect with a family diary and help them both get their dreams aloft? This was a delightfully easy read filled with pirate stories, history, romance and treasure. The story pulled me right in from the start with great characters, an intriguing journal/diary, and somewhat of a dual timeline. Johnson's writing flowed equally well in both the journal and the present day action. This is the second book in the series but reads well as a stand alone. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
parmilespages 14 days ago
Anne Norris has moved to Savannah, Georgia to escape the shame of a bad decision from her past. Barely able to meet her monthly rent payment and a hurricane on its way that will impinge on her pirate tour business, she is feeling discouraged and alone. But while walking on the beach after the hurricane she comes across an artifact that may help her bring in more business. She turns to Cater Hale, the local museum director, to confirm her discovery. This meeting launches them both into a partnership and journey neither expected. This story had the main plot of Anne and Carter trying to discover the whereabouts of an old shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, but also had a subplot of the love story between two other characters from the past that where on that shipwreck. I liked the way both stories complimented one another. I also liked that the subplot was told through one of character’s journal and letters from the 1700’s. The plot wasn’t particularly complex but had a few twists and turns that made it interesting and engaged the reader. Both Anne and Carter were likeable and flawed individuals and I, as the reader, was cheering for their success both in their search for treasure and in their ability to overcome past hurts. Shame, forgiveness and trust were all themes prevalent in this narrative. Although circumstances don’t always equal success for Anne and Carter, the novel had a gratifying ending. Lastly, I appreciated the author’s writing style; it flowed well and was easy to read. I would recommend reading this contemporary fiction story.
Anonymous 14 days ago
A Glitter of Gold is two romance stories in one! This novel is a contemporary love story between Carter and Anne alongside a historic love story between Rebecca and Captain Samuel Thackery. Carter and Anne are searching for the ship that brought together Rebecca and Samuel 250 years ago. The romance between Carter and Anne is a great example of love finding you when you are not looking for it. Anne has trust issues after some previous missteps, and rightfully so. Carter is only looking for his ticket out of Savannah. “I’m serious. You can’t just decide that you’re not going to fall in love.” [Anne] “But you can’t find someone you’re not looking for.” [Carter] “Says who? Don’t you ever watch romantic comedies? Those people fall in love on accident all the time.” [Anne] “Those people are also fictional.” [Carter] The relationship between Carter and Anne builds slowly, through friendship and trust. I cherished the growth in these two characters over the course of the novel. And they bond over The Princess Bride, one of my personal favorites. Like Carter and Anne, I was fascinated by Rebecca and Samuel Thackery’s story. This part of the novel is told through Rebecca’s diary and letters. It’s a great technique of telling their story. The diary entries weave throughout the novel as Anne reads them. I was charmed by Rebecca immediately. The lengths she goes through to rescue her brother are very impressive. And then, there is Captain Thackery, the swash-buckling owner of the sword hilt that Anne recovered on the beach. Let’s just say he’s the romantic hero that Rebecca (and I!) needed. The historical portion of the novel, with Rebecca and Samuel, flows smoothly with the modern story of Carter and Anne. This portion of the book reminded me a bit of Susanna Kearsley, without the time travel. I relished how the love story between Rebecca and Samuel brings together, and inspires, the love story between Carter and Anne. Ms. Johnson’s writing style is casual and charming. I quickly empathized with the characters, wishing that I was there in Savannah to take Anne’s walking pirate tour and to visit the Savannah Maritime Museum. The primary and secondary characters are well-developed. I believed the excitement when Anne found the sword hilt and then again when Carter instantly recognized it as Captain Thackery’s sword. A Glitter of Gold is the second in a series but can be read as a standalone. I haven’t read the first novel in the series, but I’m intrigued by Ms. Johnson’s storytelling and will be checking it out. I thoroughly enjoyed A Glitter of Gold from the start. Check it out if you are interested in a sweet romance that builds as the characters grow.
HelenM0 16 days ago
A Glitter of Gold, by Liz Johnson, is book two in the Georgia Coast Romance series. I did not realize it was book 2 in the series when I requested it or when I read it. So even though it is part of a series, it stands alone nicely. Anne moved to Georgia to start a new life. She runs a pirate-tour business that is not doing well. Following a storm she walks the beach and finds part of a sword. She takes it to the museum that Carter is in charge of and finds out it was on a ship that sunk 250 years earlier. Most people do not believe there was really a ship that sank. So it is up to her and Carter to find proof of the sunken ship and get the funding to search for it. This is a good clean Christian romance story. There is a message of forgiveness and trust, but not in a preachy way. I enjoyed having two separate stories blending together to make this story, one a diary from the sunken ship and the other modern day. I also enjoyed the healing of distant family relationships as the story moved on. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.
kp68 16 days ago
Glitter of Gold is the latest from Liz Johnson. This tale will take you down south to Savannah, GA. You will meet Anne Norris and see how a poor choice has left a negative mark on her life, but you will also see how now she is trying to build a new life for herself! When Anne takes a walk on the beach after a severe hurricane hits the area, she comes upon a piece of gold protruding from the sand. Anne has been running a business, leading tours of the area telling tales of the pirates of old. So when Anne sees this bit of gold, she thinks it may be of value! Anne visits a local museum looking for information and she meets Carter Hale. Little does she know, Carter has been searching for this bit of gold for years. This find has come at just the right time, both Carter and Anne's businesses are in financial trouble! While you read, you will learn about how Carter and Anne deal with this important find. You will also learn about a tale from the 17th century, contained in a diary that has been in the Hale families' possession for years. It is interesting to see how God uses this situation to meet needs in both Anne's and Carter's lives!
swissgranny 17 days ago
Liz Johnson has penned another charming story in her Georgia Coast Romance series. A Glitter of Gold, set in contemporary Georgia, drew me in quickly and kept me turning pages. Rebecca Jones’ journal from 250 years prior was a unique and fascinating addition to the story, and added an extra dimension to it. Her adventures and the tie-in to the contemporary part of the story enthralled me. Johnson has created realistic, emotionally layered, and endearing characters that came to life and touched my heart. Anne Norris was a hurting and broken heroine, and Carter Hale was the perfect hero to help heal her hurts. Their growing relationship was fun to follow. The stellar cast of supporting characters, especially Aunt Tessie, helped to round out the story and make it even more delightful. With adventure, history, suspense, and romance, this story has a bit of everything. I especially enjoyed the messages of grace, forgiveness, hope, and trust that added so much to it. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/Revell. All opinions are my own.