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: 9781493417773
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/06/2019
Series: Georgia Coast Romance Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 148,365
File size: 8 MB

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. 57 reviews.
E_Espinoza 8 days ago
A Glitter of Gold, by Liz Johnson, is the second, stand-alone novel in the Georgia Coast Romance series. With hints of gentle romance, moments of compelling mystery, and engaging glimpses into the past, this novel is thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying. A charming setting, likable characters, and unique plot points make this book truly memorable and entertaining from beginning to end. An integral component of this novel is the beauty, history, and charm of the city of Savannah. This seaside setting certainly adds depth and context to the story. The characters are also relatable and authentic. They have genuine insecurities and fears that affect their decisions in myriad ways. Throughout the story, they must learn to embrace unexpected possibilities and new perspectives. Their journey away from shame and toward grace is as powerful and moving as their earnest search for a ship lost at sea. With a plot that seamlessly blends events of the present with clues from the past, this novel tells two captivating stories of love, loss, and second chances. I sincerely enjoyed reading A Glitter of Gold. It is well-written, intriguing, and thought-provoking. It is also very uplifting and endearing. I recommend it wholeheartedly. *I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written contains opinions that are entirely my own.
PaulaShreckhise 12 days ago
A Glitter of Gold is the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series by Liz Johnson but it can be read as a standalone. What if the treasure you found wasn’t the treasure you were searching for? What if God gave you both? Anne Norris Is trying to make a new start miles away from the past she can’t forget. She renames herself Anne Bonny and leads pirate tours in old Savannah. Anne finds an artifact after a huge storm and takes it to be authenticated to museum director Carter Hale. Could this be a dream come true for both of them? They agree to help each other track down the sunken ship that the artifact could be from. They come up against many obstacles. A friend who helps them search explains a plaque hanging in his boat: “Treasure is Trouble”. “Treasure isn’t trouble cause it’s so hard to find. Treasure is trouble because it reveals a man’s heart.”... Anything a man sets his mind on is his treasure... it’ll reveal true character.” As Anne struggles with her past actions, Carter’s aunt Tessie tells her: “Shame is not your covering, Grace is.” The beautiful entries in a diary handed down to Carter and some very old letters uncover clues to their search. The romance depicted there spark them to not abandon hope. Ms. Johnson describes a wonderful romance between Captain Samuel Thackery and Rebecca Jones who is searching for her brother in the mid-1700s. Engaging from the start, the story was fascinating. The author got to the heart of what the characters were really looking for. It was full of themes of forgiveness, redemption and grace. This is the first book I have read by Liz Johnson and it will not be my last; it is an exceptional tale. *A copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own*
Anonymous 13 days ago
This book definitely deserves 5 stars and more!! I thoroughly enjoyed it and it made my afternoon pass swiftly. I loved the setting of this book. A Georgia coastal town with mystery, a budding romance, history and a museum involved! What more could a reader want? Oh and can't forget the possible pirates in there too. Liz pulls her readers in with an exciting opening too! I won't forget that tidbit. Ann and Caleb are easy to make friends with and you soon find yourself in love with them as they learn about themselves and their past. What I find is the theme of the story is Grace, Mercy and Forgiveness. For we are saved by Grace from the Lord. This truly is a book worth the read! Especially if you want to go on a grand adventure!! My thanks to Revell for an outstanding read!! NO compensations were received and all opinions are my own.
A1Reads 18 days ago
Oh! This book! I loved this book! I finished reading late last night and woke up with the story still running through my mind. I had to pick up the book and re-read some favorite parts today. It's the kind of story that stays with you. Anne is trying to get away from her past. I felt like she was carrying shame like a shield. Keeping anyone from getting close, and keeping herself from getting close to anyone. Part of me admires her desire to move away and her need for independence. Another part of me wants to shake some truth into her then give her a hug. I liked Carter and his not wanting to use the family name to help his career. He is doing his best to "make two plus two equal ten" to keep the museum doors open. I really liked how these two people meet and how they needed each other. When Carter shared the journal with Anne, my heart was so happy. I was drawn into the story of the Catherine as much as Anne was. Rebecca was an amazing young woman. Of course, it's not easy sailing ahead for Carter and Anne as they begin working together. Will they become friends? Will Anne learn to trust? No spoilers from me. I thought Carter's Aunt Tessie was the hero of this story. She is the voice of reason and truth. Not only is she a top-notch investigator, but she also gives big hugs, freely without judgment. One of my favorite lines in the book is "...the good Lord's gifts were the sweetest indeed--hope, love, and freedom. And he gave them generously." That is a powerful thing to remember.
luvnjesus 20 days ago
Glitter of Gold is the second book in the Georgia Coast romance series. The book takes place in historic Savannah where Anne Norris is looking for a fresh start. Anne has a pirate tour business which is not attracting tourists and is struggling to pay the rent on her apartment. While taking a walk on the beach she discovers evidence of a shipwreck. Carter Hale, a local museum director is fascinated with the shipwreck and the discovery could open the door to his dream job. Anne will have to work with Carter, but can she trust him? They go on a journey of discovering where the artifact came from as well as learning about themselves. Glitter of Gold is full of mystery, suspense, romance and treasure hunting. The author weaves throughout the story how forgiveness and God’s grace abound and drew me in from the first page. I loved reading the journal entries and learning about family secrets. I can’t wait for the final book in the series. If you love reading about historical fiction you will enjoy the book. I received a copy of the book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion.
Llamalina_Reada 21 days ago
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21...this is a story of finding forgiveness and accepting grace. Of allowing others in when you’ve been hurt by so many. It was intriguing from beginning to end. I absolutely loved it! This was a masterfully woven tale of blended times between contemporary and historical fiction. When a piece of history shows up in a beachside town in Georgia, two lives are changed forever. Anne Norris was taking a stroll along the beach after Hurricane Lorenzo swept through. There, she hardly believed her eyes when she found evidence of a shipwreck. She soon meets museum director, Carter Hale who has an historical journal that may tie into the piece she found. Now they are thinking of treasures, a sunken ship, and lost love. I was mesmerized by this story from page one! So much heart for the main characters. The mystery, piracy, and romance was intriguing. I was rooting for their happy ending and found it hard to put down. One of my favorite quotes was “Carter had read way more scandalous stories in the Bible and had decided a long time ago that God could use whatever story he liked to do whatever he wanted.” What a wonderful take on God writing our stories. Johnson did an amazing job with this book. It’s my new favorite of hers! I loved this line, too. It was “a decision to put the past to rest and live with hope for tomorrow.” That’s living with hope and walking in grace. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Revell and NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion."
TheBeccaFiles 21 days ago
Once again Liz Johnson has penned a wonderful novel! This was an easy book to pick up and not easy to put down until I'd finished the very last page. There were so many elements that held me captive and wanting to know more. What's better than the intrigue of pirates and treasure to help one learn to live again? Fairly early in the book the reader discovers the real reasons behind Anne's brokenness. She'd spent the last several years crippled by feelings of guilt over something that really wasn't her fault to begin with, yet she'd internalized it so deeply that it was if it was her very identity. Seeing her start to heal and trust again was truly a journey in itself and I easily found myself cheering for her. I really love that the romance didn't feel forced in this book. Instead the relationship developed as a friendship until they realized that maybe there was something more there. It was a relationship I could appreciate and believe. Even though this is the second book in a series it's a standalone story. I've read and enjoyed both of them so I can recommend both of them, but it's not a requirement to read the first before this one. Highly recommend! *I received a copy of this book from the publisher. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.
Jypsylynn 21 days ago
Thank you to Revell and the author for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own. *REVIEW* I could say I loved A Glitter Of Gold just because of the setting. Savannah is my favorite city, and I've spent a lot of time there as well as Tybee Island. Just about everything in Savannah is haunted in some way, and there is a lot of pirate lore. I'm glad the story matched the vibe of the city. Anne and Carter are both running/hiding in different ways, and both are failing in their business ventures. Fate draws them together with a piece of possible treasure. I love a good treasure hunt, especially with bits of the past thrown in the mix. Anne and Carter slowly unravel this historic mystery while forming a genuine relationship, and thank goodness for that because I'm tired of the instant love formulaic stories I've been reading. This story felt more compelling and realistic. These characters are flawed, complex, entertaining and relatable because of these qualities. Faith is present in the story but not in an overdone way. It's a well balanced tale of hardship, loss, love, trust and redemption. I found it thoughtfully written, researched and very appealing overall. Liz Johnson has written an insightful story that's not a typical romance or mystery. It's a mixture that flows smoothly across the pages. Now, when will we see a story about Bonaventure??
JLYoung 22 days ago
Liz Johnson writes such beautiful stories. They always have such interesting and unique storylines. This one follows suit. I mean who doesn't like a book about a sunken ship, treasure floating to shore, plus some mild romance? Mystery and history! It's a perfect combination. The story clips along nicely, it kept my interest well. I felt like the characters were likable and relatable. Themes of forgiveness, restoration, love, grace, and family ties were evident throughout the story. I love the way Ms. Johnson writes these themes into her stories. They are parts of real life and she handles them beautifully. I also liked that Anne wasn't a spoiled rich kid. She was struggling financially. This is something most people can relate to at some point in their life. I love that it was part of this story. This book is great for a day at the beach, an afternoon in your favorite chair, or a cold winter night wrapped in a blanket. You'll soak up every part of the story and learn a little bit about pirate history too! What's not to love? I recommend this book and gave it 4 stars. I received a copy from Revell. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
jebsweetpea 22 days ago
When Anne Norris moved to GA, it was to get as far away from her past as she possibly could. Determined to start fresh and try to erase a life-changing event, Anne finds herself living paycheck to paycheck running her own business taking people on pirate tours. When she lands a discovery which looks like it came from a pirate ship, she finds herself at the local museum talking to the director, Carter Hale. Carter is on his own mission of landing a job in a big museum someday and sees Anne's find as what can take him to the next career step. Walk along with Anne and Carter as they go ship hunting but also encounter who is it God made them to be. This is the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series by Liz Johnson. What a sweet story with a bit of mystery and adventure thrown in. Johnson did a great job weaving together two very different characters in to one story that shows how strong family ties are, what forgiveness looks like and how being brave happens in even the small choices. This was a great read for a lazy day in the hammock where you can feel the ocean breezes and sway to the ships rise and fall as the story with in the story takes the reader back to pirates battling merchant ships. A great read for sure! Revell Reads sent me this complimentary copy to review. Opinions expressed are my own.
academy252 22 days ago
The story begins with a young woman, Anne Norris. Anne is an historic tour guide in Savanna, Georgia with a checkered past. She is originally from California but she has left her life and family there to start fresh in a place where no one knows her name. She even takes on the work name of Anne Bonny, a famous pirate and privateer from the 1800’s just to give her an extra layer of anonymity. Like most pirate tales you will definitely find treasure, romance, sunken ships, wild goose chases, and a story that draws you in to see what happens next. This story is about Anne and a man named Carter Hale who find themselves in search of a long forgotten ship that went down in the area. Carter holds original journals passed down through his family of a woman who was aboard that ship. He is overjoyed when Anne walks in with a piece of history she found just after a hurricane in the area. This sets them on a journey to save a museum, find a piece of history believed lost to the community forever, and a treasure far greater than gold as they both seek forgiveness and peace with their past and their families. It is a well written fascinating story that will entice the treasure hunter in all of us!
ARS8 24 days 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 25 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 25 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 25 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 27 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 28 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 28 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 29 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 30 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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.