A Sparkle of Silver

A Sparkle of Silver

by Liz Johnson


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ISBN-13: 9780800729622
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Georgia Coast Romance Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 221,590
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(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 Sparkle of Silver 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 76 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
This book's cover and synopsis grabbed my attention. The cover is beautiful, very not-ostentatious and overdone, just sweet and pretty. I love a great mystery, along with a good dose of suspense and romance. It's right up my alley. Millie seems like a strong personality, which I love. And I love what I see from the relationship she has with Grandma Joy. They seem so close and adoring. I also can't wait to see more of Ben; he seems solid. The writing seems genuine to the time period, but it's fortunately not too wordy or fancy or logorrheic, which is always good. The style of writing is also very sophisticated and true to the characters. All in all, this book seems very intriguing and exciting. Can't wait to read more! This book's cover and synopsis grabbed my attention. The cover is beautiful, very not-ostentatious and overdone, just sweet and pretty. I love a great mystery, along with a good dose of suspense and romance. It's right up my alley. Millie seems like a strong personality, which I love. And I love what I see from the relationship she has with Grandma Joy. They seem so close and adoring. I also can't wait to see more of Ben; he seems solid. The writing seems genuine to the time period, but it's fortunately not too wordy or fancy or logorrheic, which is always good. The style of writing is also very sophisticated and true to the characters. All in all, this book seems very intriguing and exciting. Can't wait to read more!
Anonymous 24 days ago
Millie Sullivan is running out of options. She's working two jobs, living on pennies, and needs to find a new senior living facility for her Grandma Joy, who has dementia, in just a few weeks. When Joy tells Millie about her great grandmother's diary from her stay at a prominent Georgia estate during the summer of 1929 that contains a treasure map, she goes to find the diary in the estate library. When Ben Thornton finds her there and threatens to turn her in, Millie asks him to help her find the treasure in exchange for half of their findings. What follows will teach both Millie and Ben about family, faith in God, life, and their growing love for each other. I enjoyed this book very much. There was just the right amount of mystery, suspense, romance, and history sprinkled throughout the book that all of those elements seemed like the perfect combination and kept me on the edge of my seat until I finished reading. The writing was descriptive, the characters were engaging, and the split time storylines were well done and intriguing. This book was easily one of the best Christian fiction books I've read so far this year, and I will definitely be reading more from this author. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an encouraging, exciting story with valuable lessons and clean content. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley's Bookish First program. A positive review was not required, and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Anonymous 27 days ago
Very good looking forward to the next one one
gabizago 27 days ago
I can say I enjoyed reading this book. It's a treasure hunt story, but also a sort of love story, in which the characters learn more about themselves while they are in search of a possible hidden treasure at the property where they work together. It's that type of book that makes you realize that maybe material things like money and stuff should not be what you really look for in life - there are other and more important things, like being with people you like, or having a job that's both nice and that pays you well. In a way, the book made me rethink about my own life as well and realize all the little "treasures" that we find in our daily lives. But in the book the treasure is not only metaphorical, it's an actual treasure, and it will be fun to see how they find it - and the letters from 1929 that they read in between the search. I received a copy of this book for free.
BookReviewerNicole 3 months ago
__________________________________ *My Thoughts* Wow, wow, wow, this was such a sweet story! After Liz set her very first series in PEI, I honestly didn't think she could top that. (Huge Anne of Green Gables fan in the house y'all.) She just may have with this amazing dual time period story of love, trust, and intrigue! Millie Sullivan is a desperate, generous granddaughter that would do anything to help her grandmother. When she finds out that there may be treasure hidden on a historical estate that pertains to her family history, she has to find it. She just never counted on Ben... Ben is such an intriguing character! He is a reluctant hero...he knows what he should do, but he also really wants to keep his job. Sometimes the reluctant ones also make the best characters. Definitely true in this handsome closed off characters case! I honestly have never read a historical/contemporary/suspense/romance novel as incredibly well written as this one. Such a wide mix is very hard to execute, but Liz took it over the top with this one. Also...spoiler alert! (This book might have the most swoon-worthy kiss I have read this year hidden deep within it's pages.) _______________________________________________________ *My Rating* I give A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson... 5 stars! *I received this book free of charge from the author.
E_Espinoza 3 months ago
A Sparkle of Silver, by Liz Johnson, is the first book in the Georgia Coast Romance series. This lovely novel contains a delightful treasure hunt that is utterly intriguing with each clever detail and revealing clue. Rich with romance, suspense, mystery, and even a bit of history, this story is truly entertaining from beginning to end. As compelling as the mystery itself, the development of the characters throughout the novel is the true treasure of this book. The characters are relatable, they are likable, and they make the story shine. The inviting plot of the novel is well-paced and thoroughly engaging fully immersing the reader in the thoughts, feelings, motivations, and desires of the characters themselves. Like rays of light shimmering on polished metal, the themes of adversity, faith, perseverance, redemption, and romance meld together to illuminate a relatable story that is full of heart and authenticity. With its endearing characters, and captivating plot, A Sparkle of Silver easily captured my attention from the very first sentence straight through to the last. Liz Johnson is truly a talented author with a real gift for story-telling. A Sparkle of Silver is a book I wholeheartedly recommend to all readers who take delight in clean, contemporary romantic fiction. *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.
parmilespages 3 months ago
Millie Sullivan is working three jobs to provide for her Grandma Joy and still it is difficult to financially meet as her needs. When Grandma Joy makes a comment about a hidden treasure at the Dawkins Estate on the shores of St. Simons Island, Millie believes there might be a chance to improve her grandmother’s situation. Grandma Joy has also hints about her lineage making Millie suspect she is connected to a wealthy Georgian family. If Millie can prove what she thinks is true, will the family step up and provide for Joy? Either possibility is motivation for Millie to find the answers she seeks as soon as possible. While Millie is snooping around the estate, security guard, Ben Thorton, discovers her in the estates private library. Ben, however, has his own reasons for needing a hidden treasure. So when Millie offers to make him a partner in exchange for not turning her into the authorities, he accepts. I thought this book had a well-executed plot with unexpected twists and turns. I liked how Millie’s great grandma, Ruth’s, journal entries are interwoven into the narrative, giving the reader a glimpse of the Ruth’s life during the summer of 1929. Which contrasted well with Millie’s story in the present. There is a budding romance between Ben and Millie, which is tentative and uncertain as they discover each other’s secrets and build trust. I thought the author was especially talented at describing the feelings between Ban and Millie and their reactions to one another. Millie, as a romance novel enthusiast, frequently compares Ben to the hero in her latest book. Some of the major themes of the story include forgiveness, making restitution for past wrongs and dealing with dementia. Both Millie and Ben have a confidante giving them godly advice. The ending was expected in a general sense and turned out perfectly for all concerned, so it wasn’t realistic but made the reader feel content. The mystery aspect was well written and kept the reader engaged. I would recommend reading this book if you like mystery and romance.
Heidi_Reads 3 months ago
A combination of a lovely and new setting, enjoyable characters with a sweet romance, and a mystery to be solved through letters and journal entries made this story one to savor! Millie and Ben both have elements of desperation and vulnerability with the issues they are dealing with, and I loved seeing their relationship progress as they worked together on a journey of discovery. 64 Millie's devotion to her aging grandmother hit close to home for me, and I thought the themes of forgiveness and faith in God's grace were powerful and inspiring. Can't wait for the next book in the series! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
SeasonsofGrace 3 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love historical homes, mystery, and bit of romance. This book had it all. The characters of Millie and Ben really drew me in. I could relate to Millie's grandmother's condition, as my own grandmother had dementia, and Ben was such a trooper. He was a true hero in my book, trying to pay back his mother's crimes. I thought highly of him and his willingness to work extra hard to do that. Millie was trying to care for he grandmother. I also greatly admired her for that, and could feel the pressure she was under to provide a good home for her. I loved the hint of mystery surrounding the estate and Millie's great grandmother. There were just a few parts that may have been a bit far-fetched, but it added intrigue to the story, and it didn't really bother me too much. I loved the sense of adventure of searching through an old house. I also appreciated the aspect of faith woven through the story with both characters. I would definitely recommend this book. It was an exciting read. I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of Revell Reads program. I was not asked to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.
CandiceSuePatterson 3 months ago
Mystery, intrigue, treasure hunting, genealogy, romance--this novel has it all. With realistic characters who are likable from the first page, the plot consistently challenges the reader to question what they would do in the same situations. The story is centered around an old diary, shared with the reader throughout the book. I enjoyed how the past and present were connected and the pace in which the story progressed. Ms. Johnson's books are always a delight to read. This is a great start to her new Georgia Coast Romance series. I look forward to the next book. I gave this book 4 of 5 stars.
vics49548 3 months ago
Well-developed, believable characters help to make this story enjoyable. You’ll find charming, quirky, determined, and lovable “people”, who will cause you to keep reading, Mystery, romance, and even a treasure hunt will keep you turning the pages. The story reads a bit slow but any book that contains an estate that feels like a castle is worth reading. And while it reads slow, it really is a good story with the great setting of St. Simons Island. If you enjoy Christian historical fiction you’ll enjoy A Sparkle of Silver. I received a complimentary copy of this book but as not required to leave a review.
Deana0326 3 months ago
This is a wonderful romantic story that takes us between present day and slips back to 1929. I'm not sure sure which story make me swoon more, the present or the past. Millie is a delightful character who is barely making ends meet. She has a dear grandmother she is trying keep in a facility but the bills are piling up. It is not easy to watch a loved one slowly slip away in their mind. I wanted to go take Millie's hand and tell her everything would get better. The details about the chateau that Millie works at is fascinating. I would love to explore every room there and perhaps stay in the library forever. Grandma Joy tells a story one day that surprises Millie. It is hard to tell if Grandma Joy is remembering something or just talking silly. If the story is true, there could be a big treasure waiting for Millie to find. Ben enters the picture when he finds Millie sneaking around the chateau. What can she do to convince him to let her continue her search? I loved how the story bounces back and forth between time periods with seamless energy. The author has captured the true depiction of romance with a magical story. It flows with grace and I loved the added mystery of the diary. The words spoken in there are poetic, lovely and definitely a person deeply in love. The slow simmer of Millie and Ben's attraction to each other is movie worthy. They pretend they don't care, yet their eyes tell a different story. And what of the diary which holds secrets that could change lives? The race is on to discover what or if there is a treasure when others get wind of the rumor. The story is one that slowly grabs at your emotions and takes you on a journey of discovering the inner workings of a lost love, the hope of a better future, secrets long thought to be buried and a love story that only a very gifted author can write. The kiss that I have been waiting to read about just about knocked me off my feet. It was soft, sweet, electrical between two people, and "suddenly our hearts were beating at the same tempo, racing faster than mine ever had before. " I won't say who the kiss was from, but for me I waited patiently for that moment in the story that would be worthy of "the kiss felt round the world." The book is everything you want in a story with romance, mystery and an ending that will satisfy all romantics. The author has surpassed my expectations and now has a huge fan. The ending is spectacular with intense drama and sadness that overwhelms me. The lesson in forgiveness and trust told by the characters will be one I will always remember. " You have made me see a love I could not have imagined possible." I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
WilmaZ 3 months ago
Who doesn't love finding mysteries in a diary and chasing them to the treasure?? I mean it's been my dream since I was a little kid. This was such a fun book to see that come alive. As a time-slip, I think it wove the story together very well! A Sparkle of Silver is a fun-loving treasure-seeking mystery that has delightful personalities intertwined in the treasure hunt. I especially enjoyed that grandma found her memory in time to be a part of the conclusion. Everyone enjoys dreaming about a mansion and a treasure. And who doesn't love falling in love along the way? You always suspect a guy who is in it for the money, but it's the best when they turn out to be a really solid hero. Also, the kissing... SWOON!!! All right, time-slip lovers. Go read it! And enjoy!
MalkaShayna 4 months ago
I won a copy of this book from Bookish First. This is my unbiased and voluntary review. Millie Sullivan was abandoned by her parents, and left with her paternal grandparents, who loved and cherished her, until her grandfather dies and her beloved grandmother develops dementia. Once she can no longer keep her grandmother at their Georgia farm, they sell the house and move her to a facility. But to pay for it, Millie must work 3 jobs, with no chance of going to college. Her grandmother's savings had been taken by a swindler. On the same day that the administrator tells Millie that her grandmother needs more care that they can provide and she has 3 months to find another facility, her grandmother, in a lucid moment, tells her that her father wasn't her biological father and about her mother leaving a journal at the Chateau on St. Simons Island, with a treasure map inside. To find the journal, Millie gets a job as an actress at the Chateau, whihc is now managed by a historical society, with tours. While searching for the journal, she is found by a security guard, who insists that he most turn her in, until she explains that she is looking for her great grand mother's journal, which has a treasure map inside and offers to split it with him. Ben Thornton, is also working several jobs, to compensate the people that his mother swindled. While neither trusts the other to reveal why they need the money, they agree to work together. As they become friends, they then both feel guilt about not telling the whole truth, but are afraid of the other's reaction. A romance, mystery and treasure hunt. The writer skillfully develops the plot writing the narrative in a very appealing manner.
judgie39 4 months ago
Hard-working Millie needs money to pay for her grandmother's care. When her grandmother reveals there is a lost diary that may contain a treasure map, Millie sets off to find it in the estate where she is employed as an actress playing a guest to the estate. Ben, history teacher/enthusiast, works at the estate as a security guard to earn money to pay for a crime his mother committed. When these two come in contact decided to hunt for the treasure together. As they become closer, feelings grow and secrets become exposed. This book starts off with a mystery and ends with a sweet romance. The love story is very PG, with no overly blush-worthy scenes. I enjoyed this for a change. I found myself cheering for the characters in both their treasure hunt and their blooming relationship.
A1Reads 4 months ago
I have to be honest, it took me a while to get into this story. But once I did, I was fully invested and finished without stopping. Millie and Ben are on such an adventure, trying to solve the mystery of Great Grandma Ruth's journal and find the hidden treasure. Each has their own reason why they need money though they are very reluctant to talk about it. I loved how Millie talked to herself, to the point of the voice in her head taking over and arguing with her. (I can relate) I liked how Grandma Joy gave such great advice on her more lucid days. Dementia is different for everyone, I think the author portrays this very well. The romance between Millie and Ben came as a surprise to them. It was very sweet. No spoilers, but I must say that I loved the conclusion.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This is one of Liz Johnson's Georgia Coast Romance novels. I had never read a book by her and was excited for a beach read while traveling to sunny Newport Beach California. I enjoyed the two main characters Millie (Camilla) and Ben. Their personalities were complimentary and played off each other well throughout the story. Millie- struggling granddaughter trying to take care of her Grandma Joy, finds work at local Chateau- historical house- working as what I think best could be described as an actress on the "grounds" and actress of tours in the historical home. Ben is working three jobs: history professor, librarian, and security at the Chateau. His need for three jobs is to make amends for past "wrongs". These two meet and find that their is a treasure on the grounds of the Chateau that could help them both solve their financial problems. Not a shocker they don't just team up as "friends". The beginning of this book I struggled with - I felt like the writing and story line were disjointed. Halfway through I enjoyed this story much more and found it a good read. Thank you to Revell Books, division of Baker Publishing Group, for sending me this book to review.
Erin Gellos 4 months ago
Historical mansions, a treasure hunt, a long forgotten journal, and family secrets all combine in A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson. In parts of it, I felt like I was reading a Nancy Drew book (which, yes, I still read). In other parts I felt like I was reading scenes from National Treasure. And, yet, it was nothing like anything I’ve read before. It takes place in contemporary times, but also travels back in time to the 1920s to tell about a mystery that took place then. I found myself cheering for the main characters both contemporary and historical. Oh, and the romances, both old and new really add to the already amazing book! I probably sound overly enthusiastic about this book but that’s okay because it really was that good! How could it not be good with characters searching around a historical mansion, looking for clues to solve the mystery that took place in the past while also falling in love? I would recommend this book for anyone who loves historical mysteries, treasure hunts, and romance. So, please, go find a copy and read it for yourself. It really is a treasure! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
TheFictionalHousewifeBlog 4 months ago
I am up in the air whether to rate this three or four stars. First I think for me, it was a three. I had a difficult time getting into this book and the beginning was a bit slow. HOWEVER, I read a great many thrillers that, by their nature, move very quickly. This is a romance with a little mystery and treasure hunt thrown in. It has to move more slowly for the attraction to build between the two main characters and the mystery to unfold. So, I question my finding that it was slow. In addition, so many romance novels (and this is more than a romance novel) surround a rich man or someone in the fashion world, this does neither. So for me, that is another reason for a higher rating. In fact, the setting is a wonderful old estate, which is very clearly a large part of the book and very interesting. The writing is good, the plot clearly described. Yes, given my hesitation I think for what kind of book this is, it is definitely a four. By the way, this is Christian Fiction, no sex and it takes almost to the end to get a kiss. If you're looking for something racy, you won't find it here. You will find a delightful story.
MaBiche 4 months ago
A Sparkle of Silver is a delightful mix of whodunit mystery, search for family heritage, treasure hunt, and both historical and contemporary romance. Told with humor, wit, and reflective of the author's obvious love of books, of romance novels in particular, A Sparkle is the type of book I enjoy reading. I'm thankful to Lone Star Lit for introducing me to authors I wouldn't have found on my own. This is the first book by Liz Johnson that I've read and as I always say, it wouldn't be the last. I took to Millie and Ben right away. Their separate introductions were highly affecting. Millie's desperate need to provide for her Grandma Joy and Ben's altruistic desire to make things right with her mother's victims made me root for them immediately. The slow burn build-up of their attraction to each other was laid out at a proper pace. Their eventual fall into love at the end was hard-earned and well-deserved. More than jewels or properties, love was the greatest treasure they found. I also enjoyed great-grandmother Ruth's adventures in the '20s told through journal entries. They're integral to the story and brought another dimension to what is already a fascinating novel. The historical tidbits truly enriched the story and gave the reader a proper sense of time and place. There are actually quite a number of named characters in this book, both from the past and the present, but each is distinct, all contributed to the plot, and nobody overshadowed the main characters. Grandma Joy is, of course, adorable and so was Carl, Ben's boss. One other thing I appreciate is that for all that A Sparkle of Silver is categorized as a Christian romance, the discussion of faith is subtle, not preachy at all. Here are some of my favorite quotes: "You're not the bad choices you may have made. You're who you are right now, and you're the next decision you make." "Maybe a person's story wasn't like a book that became useless after the pages were too worn to read. It wasn't about how much that person could remember. It was about how many lives they had touched. It was about making a difference in the little ways." "Real love isn't love because it's easy or always feels good. It's love because you choose not to be self-serving."
JLYoung 4 months ago
A Sparkle of Silver is a great story of present and past colliding in the most unexpected ways. It is the story of family, broken pasts, forgiveness, love, and new beginnings. The first 1/3 of the book was rather slow for me. I had a hard time staying engaged for some reason. I had some questions that I felt weren't being answered and that was frustrating. I felt unsure about why the great-grandmother was at the Chateau. I don't know if I just missed it somehow but I was left confused about it either way. I was still left unsure at the end but it didn't really matter anymore the farther I got into the story. Someone mentioned that this book has one of the best clean first kiss scenes... I was a bit curious what they meant by that. At first this is what kept me reading when I was feeling disengaged. When would it come? What was so great about it? But as I kept reading I got reengaged and fell in love with the story. Then the scene came and it was spectacular. The last 2/3 of the story flew by and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters after the story ended. I loved the ending. It was unexpected and well written. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.
AMHeath 4 months ago
My Thoughts: A Sparkle of Silver was absolutely delightful! It was romantic. Millie and Ben had great page-turning chemistry together. The mystery was engaging and had snagged me completely. I really enjoyed watching Millie’s great-grandmother Ruth’s story unfold and the romance and intrigue that went along with it. Johnson hooked me with the prospect of dark halls and dusty corners being the setting of a fascinating puzzle and she did not let down! I thoroughly enjoyed slipping away into a world, both past and present, that Johnson had created for us. And beyond all the romance and mystery was a sound message centered on trusting Christ with your needs and forgiving yourself. Johnson became a new favorite author with The Red Door Inn and she secured that spot with A Sparkle of Silver. Rating and Recommendation: I highly recommend this one to Christian fiction fans who enjoy dual-timeline novels, great escapes to vacations along the shore, and light mysteries. I’m giving it 5 stars. ~ I received a copy from Revell through NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
Belovedbrat 4 months ago
Title: A Sparkle of Silver Author: Liz Johnson Series: Georgia Coast Romance book 1 Chapters: 21 plus epilogue Pages: 358 Genre: Christian Contemporary with a hint a mystery and Romance Rating: 4 stars Millie Sullivan is determined to find away to provide nursing care for her grandma joy the grandma who raised her. Even snoop around the estate of oil tycoon Howard Dawkins after getting a job as a 20s era guest and tour guide. She's then caught by one of the security guards Ben Thornton a man dealing with his own family troubles. She makes a deal with him in order to split the treasure. If he helps her and doesn't turn her end, because even though she only took the job to snoop she really does need the second job. Against his better judgement he accepts and agrees to help her. Sending them both on a journey that they didn't see coming. This sweet novel set on St Simons Island Georgia is part contemporary novel, part mystery with just a hint of romance. Millie and Ben with next to nothing in common, even though he works three jobs he still has a college degree. Millie doesn't she works as a waitress trying to keep her grandmother in her assisted living d who loves reading. A 90 year old mystery both want to find the treasure neither was counting on finding something else instead. Millie and Ben were great characters and grandma Joy was such a sweetheart. Even with everything she had been through in her life Joy never lost her faith she was still trusting God. Even when her granddaughter's faith was shaky. Millie I have to say was indeed my favorite character mainly because she was the one that was easiest one to relate too. I too know what it’s like to be the only one taking care of a grandparent not because you’re the only one, but because your younger sister in school and needs to finish college. So it was easy to feel every emotion that Millie was dealing with through the whole book. The fact that she's a bookworm didn't hurt nor the fact one of my favorite quotes from the book came from her "talking about if she had the money she'd choice books and bookshelves over steak." A girl after my own heart. Ben as far as male main characters go was a little on the nerdy side but that was a refreshing change as you don't see many slightly nerdy characters in fiction even Christian fiction. Ben's main goal through much of the novel is to try to make amends for something that he feels responsible for, though technically not his fault. Though Ben and Millie come from different backgrounds they both have the same thing to work on; forgiveness. A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson might be a contemporary novel mixed with mystery and a little romance, but at the heart it is a Christian fiction novel focusing on the theme of forgiveness this novel is so much more. The Christian message while subtle is still there, woven throughout the story. Of expecting God's forgiveness, forgiven yourself and finally forgiven others. The other theme in the novel besides faith is the love of family, and learning that sometimes blood might make you related it doesn't always make you family love makes you family. I enjoyed A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson which just happens to be my first book by her but it will not be my last. I look forward to the next book in this series as well as going back to read her other books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review. All
RuthieJonesTX 4 months ago
They say money can't buy happiness, but maybe searching for money can. And sometimes a fairy tale coming true is better than finding any treasure box. In A Sparkle of Silver, Millie and Ben are both in dire need of money for unselfish reasons, but when they set off on a treasure hunt in an old Chateau, they find a lot more than they bargained for. A Sparkle of Silver is a romance, but it's more than finding true love and kissing in the dark. When Millie learns from her Grandma Joy, who suffers from dementia, about a possible treasure map in her mother's diary (hidden in a chateau), she can't help but think that finding the treasure would be the answer to all her problems, including affording a healthcare facility for her sweet grandma. The story takes off quickly when Millie meets Ben and they both end up looking for Millie's great grandma Ruth's diary together. How they meet is too entertaining to give it all away in a review, but their partnership does not begin on a happy note, and they both keep their secrets on why they desperately need to find an answer to their monetary woes. The search for the diary and then a second diary and then a treasure gives Millie and Ben plenty of time to be together, and it's incredibly sweet to see their relationship progress as they get ever closer to their goal. Of course, as with any treasure hunt, the clues are confusing, frustrating, and often disappointing. The best part is reading about two love stories unfolding side by side, one modern and one 90 years ago. Ruth's diary entries from her summer at the Chateau all those years ago reveal to Millie and Ben that the entire summer was filled with clandestine kisses, murder, theft, and a sweet friendship that was always destined to become more. But diary entries only reveal so much, and it's exciting to see Millie and Ben work out the clues, escape detection as they search where they have no business searching, and struggle to deny their growing feelings for each other. But this fairy tale is a bit different in that the man isn't rescuing the woman. Instead, they are rescuing each other and realizing that happiness comes not from money but from embracing trust, family, honesty, love, and forgiveness, because as Grandma Joy reminds Millie, "All of us are more than the worst thing we've ever done." The author does an excellent job at showing the fears and hopes and dreams of the main characters, both in the primary story and in the diaries. It's easy to feel their physical and emotional pain, the uncertainty of new love, and the breathlessness of stolen kisses. But in the end, when all the clues fall into place, A Sparkle of Silver is an engaging story about searching the past for buried treasure and discovering that following your heart is the true prize, generation after generation.
Fala19 4 months ago
A Sparkle of Silver was such a delightful read. It combined a lot of things that I enjoy – great characters, sweet romance, an inspirational message, and a page-turning mystery. It's one of those books that once I reached the end, I was left with a big smile on my face. Now that doesn't mean things were all sunshine and roses. Real and serious issues were addressed. I had tears in my eyes many times. The characters' emotions were so authentic and it really felt like their struggles became my own. But the journey and the message were so hopeful. I often found it hard to tear myself away from this story. Grandma Joy's struggle with dementia was heartbreaking. As some who's watched a loved one deal with the disease, she really tugged at my heartstrings. It's such a painful thing to see someone you love go through. Millie's care and worry for her grandma was endearing and relatable. She was such a determined young lady and wanted to make sure Grandma Joy had nothing but the very best. A Sparkle of Silver was my first time reading anything by Liz Johnson and I enjoyed every second of it. I'm definitely gonna be checking out her previous books while I anxiously await book two! Highly recommended! I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.