A Sparkle of Silver (Georgia Coast Romance Book #1)

A Sparkle of Silver (Georgia Coast Romance Book #1)

by Liz Johnson

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Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan's great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins' palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie's great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage--and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493415168
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/16/2018
Series: Georgia Coast Romance Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 33,762
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, On Love's Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. Director of marketing for a Christian radio network, she makes her home in Tucson, Arizona.

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A Sparkle of Silver 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
debforb56 5 months ago
This is an emotional present that is tied to a mysterious past. Millie's Grandmother in a moment of lucid thought drops a hint about her Mother and her ties to a wealth family. Ben feels responsible for his Mother's mistakes and wants to make amends, both set off on a journey to make things right. I think this book is set in a perfect place where Southern charm and old money play a big part to this story. Millie is a devoted Granddaughter determined to find out who her Grandmother's father is and if there really is a diary with a treasure map. Ben is a responsible honest man who is paying for his Mother's faults. Both of them are strong characters with good qualities. This is a good story of family, faith, mystery and intrique.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I really enjoyed this romance it was very charming and kept my attention. The mystery was a background thread, but the resolution was satisfying. This was a relatively quick read and the chaste romance was fun to read, and the couple felt like a good pairing. The mystery wasn't overly surprising in the way that it concluded, but it was still felt complete. I would recommend this to fans of romance who are fans of chaste romance with no explicit content. If you are looking for a romance with more explicit content this is not the book for you. Overall, it was a fun and light read that I enjoyed my time reading. While not bringing a lot of new things to the romance genre it was an easy read that kept me engaged.
vickeyu More than 1 year ago
This was a hard story to stick with. Most of the dialogue seemed contrived and not very believable. I am not really a romance novel reader so I may be missing the point and how everything unfolded. It was a sweet story line and would probably make a great Hallmark movie. Of course, we all know how Hallmark movies work and that everyone ends up happily ever after in the end. I just got a little tired of reading how graceful Millie's neck line was and how well built George was. I was hoping for a little more history, something that could at least be called historical fiction rather than more attention being paid to the drawn out love story. After reading this book, I seriously doubt that I will search out other books by Liz Johnson.
bfaajs More than 1 year ago
Well, I finally finished "A Sparkle of Silver". I cannot tell you how many times I picked it up, read a few pages, put it down and read other books in between. It finally held my interest after 200 pages. Thank you, Bookish First, for the opportunity to get to read this novel. It turned out to be a very pleasant experience. The main character, Millie, is a lover of romance novels just as I am. Due to circumstances, she finds herself in need of a second job for the purpose of finding a 90 year old treasure that her grandmother told he about. There she meets a man who eventually agrees to help her find the treasure and share it. They go through many trials and tribulations while looking and in the end it turns out to be a happy ending love story.
sweetbabyjane More than 1 year ago
A sweet love story between the two main characters Millie and Ben who were both working at a Chateau giving tours in GA. Come to find out that they were both there for family reasons. Millie, because of her great grandmother's stay there in the 1920's and her love story with 2 men and Ben's story because he needed to make money to repay his mother's victims in a money scam years ago. Millie was trying to make money also to find a better place for her grandmother Joy who had dementia but did remember a lot of her mother's Summer at the Chateau. A few treasures, in journals, were found relating to her grandmother's love affair and life and in the end a treasure chest also.
twhitehead More than 1 year ago
When Millie's grandmother is forced to be moved due to her dementia, Millie is trying to figure out what to do. Where will Joy go that Millie can afford? When Grandma Joy spills the beans about a diary hidden that had information about a treasure, Millie feels that this could be the answer to her prayers. When she is found milling through the museum where she works looking for the diary, she enlists the help of the security guard, Ben, who found her. As they work together to unravel the clues left in the diary, they find there are more things that just treasure, there is the heart. A wonderful historical fiction romance that just makes you go awww!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Very good looking forward to the next one one
gabizago More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.