on October 16th 2018
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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.
~~Reviewed by AnnMarie~~
A Sparkle of Silver is the first book in the Georgia Coast Romance series by Liz Johnson. It’s the first book that I have read by this author and I am happy to say that it certainly won’t be the last.
Millie Sullivan is in desperate need of money in order to be able to have her grandmother looked after properly. Ben Thornton is also in desperate need of money. He needs to right wrongs that his mother committed against many people.
Millie works as a role player at a palatial estate, showing tourists what it was like to live in the 1920s. It turns out that it’s the best job she could have taken because her grandmother tells her that there is a journal there belonging to Ruth (her great-grandmother) which includes a map to a treasure buried somewhere at the estate. The journal is supposed to be somewhere in the library, an off-limits area of the estate, even to staff. Millie has to find the journal so she sneaks into the library at the first opportunity.
Ben also works at the estate, he is a security guard and it isn’t long before he catches Millie where she shouldn’t be. He has to report her but if he does she will lose her job and the only chance to find the journal and hopefully the treasure. She tells Ben what she is doing and offers him half of whatever they find. His job, as well as hers, will be at risk, but with both of them desperately needing money, Ben agrees to help her and of course to keep quiet.
What follows is the wonderfully exciting solving of various mysteries, not least finding out if Millie’s great-grandfather was somebody other than she was brought up knowing. The intrigue is captivating and add to that the fact that Ben and Millie could possibly be falling in love with each other and you have the perfect story. Theft, murder, affairs, jealousy and subterfuge all take place back in the 20s at the estate and it all unravels as Millie and Ben dig deeper into their search. Will they find any treasure, will Millie find out her heritage, and together will they have a happy ever after? I loved every minute of this story and its conclusion was perfect. Passion wise this was a sweet read with some wonderful moments of kissing and canoodling, but anything else is strictly behind closed doors. A little bit of religion was thrown in the mix too, nicely done and not too pushy. All in all, I was very happy to read this book and am more than happy to leave a glowing review.