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A Sparkle of Silver

(Georgia Coast Romance #1)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  639 ratings  ·  264 reviews
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 o ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 16th 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published October 2018)
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Liz You can read this series in any order. The books will stand alone. But there are some overlapping characters in books 2 and 3, so you might want to re…moreYou can read this series in any order. The books will stand alone. But there are some overlapping characters in books 2 and 3, so you might want to read A Glitter of Gold before you read A Dazzle of Diamonds. (less)

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Katie B
3.5 stars

I think this book could best be described as a romantic mystery. Wanting to find out who was the father of Ruth's baby and if there was any treasure to be found were the parts of the story I was most interested in. Others might find the romantic elements of the story to be the strength of the book.

Millie is already struggling to make ends meet and now is forced to find her grandmother a new nursing home to live in. Grandma Joy is suffering from dementia and needs full time care but Mill
Deanne Patterson
Nov 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book set in two time periods, modern times and ninety years in the opulent past. The Georgia coast 90 years ago was a vibrant,bustling area. The historic palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island is a playground for the ultra rich to come to and get away from it all. The time period was not without a scandal or two that may still be affecting modern day characters. Millie is a tour guide at the very estate that her great-grandmother stayed at all these years ago. Her grandmot ...more
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fabulous read to sink into at the end of a long day. Liz Johnson crafts an engaging story centered around a missing diary which could reveal old family secrets that lead to possible treasure. Millie and Ben team up to find the missing family heirloom at a historical estate on St. Simon's Island. The 1929 diary written by her great-grandmother may provide Millie with information to the identity of her great-grandfather as well as the location of a possible treasure. Hidden rooms and p ...more
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
A combination of an intriguing setting, enjoyable characters with a sweet romance, and a mystery to be solved through letters and journal entries made this story a memorable start to a new series. Millie and Ben both have elements of desperation and vulnerability with the issues they are dealing with, and it was fun seeing their relationship progress as they worked together on a journey of discovery. Millie's devotion to her aging grandmother hit close to home for me, and I thought the themes of ...more
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This split time novel is set in the opulent 1920's, on St. Simon's Island Georgia, shortly before the stock market crash. The contemporary setting finds both main characters, Millie Sullivan and Ben Thornton, working multiple jobs to earn money for personal reasons. Millie is a character during the tours of a palatial estate on the island, and Ben is a security officer. A family mystery leads Millie and Ben on a search through the estate and its grounds to find a possible treasure.

This was an in
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A mystery, a multitude of love stories & a Chateau. This may be the main setup for this fabulous new story from Liz Johnson, but there is so much more. How tender is the relationship between Millie & her Grandma Joy! Dementia hits too close to home for me, and I can tend to get a little anxious when reading books that go there with this terrible disease. Liz writes so carefully, and sensitively. I could relate easily to Millie’s character. She is in desperate need of funds in order to find care ...more
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a delightful read this was! From the treasure hunting to finding lost journals that reveal secrets, I enjoyed every minute of this book.

Millie Sullivan is running out of money and needs to find a place for her grandmother to stay. When her grandmother reveals that her great-grandfather wasn’t who Millie thought it was, she seeks to find out who her grandmothers real father is, hoping she’ll find an inheritance with it. This was such a fun story to read with the hidden treasure and secrets
Susan Snodgrass
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'How could she explain? How could she tell him about the war inside her when it stole her breath?'

Millie Sullivan's great grandmother was a guest at an oil tycoon's estate in 1929 on St. Simon's Island, Georgia. Now Millie is working as a guest at the estate's tourist attraction. Millie's Grandma Joy hints that there is possibly a treasure there to be found in her great grandmother's old journal which is hidden in the chateau. Millie thinks this will be an end to her troubles if she can find the
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Sparkle of Silver was a great read. I enjoyed the letters in the story and how it blended contemporary and historical fiction beautifully.

The book had some mystery and a very nice romance story. I liked the characters immediately and was hoping for a happy ending, even when it looked like things might go a different way.

All in all, A Sparkle of Silver was really good and I recommend it to fans of this genre. It is a slower read, but I was never bored and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Book one in the Georgia Coast Romance series was out of this world.

Johnson is becoming one of my go to authors. She never disappoints.

Millie and her search was so much fun. I ended up liking Ben as the story progressed.

Maybe because I am going through what Millie as dealing with, with her grandma with my own dad this made the story so much more real.

This is a 5 star book that I highly recommend. I can't wait for the next book in this series.

The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher
Lindsay Harrel
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has one of the BEST kisses I've ever read. Whew. I melted in a puddle of goo. ;) But it also has strong spiritual truths, an adorable heroine, and a professorial hero--who could ask for more? Johnson never fails to disappoint, and that's definitely true of A Sparkle of Silver. ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eeeeepppp!!!! Contemporary romance with a historical mystery! Not quite a dual timeline since the past is revealed through the passages in Millie's great-grandmother's journal, but I was as invested in discovering Ruth's secrets as I was in Millie and Ben working their way to a happily ever after. These two are facing some impossible personal challenges which makes the idea of romance all the more fleeting. And there came a point where my tummy did a nose-dive while my heart lurched and I though ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Millie Sullivan's great grandmother was a guest ninety years ago at an opulent mansion on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Millie recently learned from her grandmother, who is starting to get dementia, that there is a journal with secrets guarding a hidden treasure that her great grandmother left inside the walls of the mansion. These years the estate is owned by the historical society and is a tourist destination. As A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson unfolds, Millie gets a job as a 1920s era guest ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A SPARKLE OF SILVER is seriously a romance that lives up to it's (high) expectations. I went into this with hopes that might've been a little dashed when someone told me their opinion of the book. Multiple time periods--I'm not even sure what that's called. But it turned that reader off. Okay, yes, there are sort of multiple time periods. The journal entries are in Millie's great grandmother's point of view, but they are journal entries. Not really point of view characters.

I fell in love with M
Maureen Timerman
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
I enjoyed this book and the author giving us a glimpse into the mind of a person affected with Alzheimer’s and the main character loving and trying to take care of her grandmother. She also is given a deadline to come up with money she doesn’t have to move her grandmother.
I loved that the other main character is carrying guilt for something his mother did while he was a child, and then we see how these overlaps.
Now while both are working at a wealthy 1920’s estate, only at the present time, we s
"You know that every single one of us is more than the worst thing we've done. All of us. We bear the image of our Maker."

And that quote sums up the message of this fabulous book. If you're a fan of the author's Prince Edward Island Dreams series and her Love Inspired Suspense books, you're definitely in for a treat. This book is contemporary romance with a throwback to the 1920s via a journal and a good dose of intrigue and mystery. Such a wonderful combination for this lover of contemporary, h
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
A Sparkle of Silver was all I wanted and more. The storyline was engaging, the characters were magnificent, and I was sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to find this hidden treasure with Millie! I loved the dynamic between Millie and Ben. I have to be honest, I wasn't so sure about Ben in the beginning. But he kind of grew on me as the pages went on, and his character become involved with Millie instead of just on a treasure hunt.

I think the character that impacted me the most was Millie's
Victoria Bylin
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
What a joy to read this story for endorsement. I loved it! Will post a full review soon.
Courtney Clark
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
A Sparkle of Silver is a delightful and glittering tale of HOPE, worth, and romance! I was intrigued by the historical story threads and enchanted with the present-day story of Millie and Ben. While the mystery unfolded, the identities and hearts of the two were revealed. The attraction and romance between them was delightful (and properly swoony, at times)! A charming setting was an added bonus to this story that felt very realistic.

LizJohnson has the ability to write the most relatable charact
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A Sparkle of Silver", Liz Johnson's first book in her Georgia Coast Romance series, is one of the best romance novels of 2018.  Johnson provides mystery and intrigue with a dash of romance to make the read entertaining and enjoyable.  Ben and Millie, as you will see, make the perfect team.

Millie Sullivan's grandmother has a secret tucked away in a mind filled with the cobwebs of dementia.  Millie is doing her best to take care of the expenses of the nursing home where her grandmother resides, b
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A Sparkle of Silver", Liz Johnson's first book in her Georgia Coast Romance series, is one of the best fiction, romance novels I've read this year. Mystery, romance and even family, make this book a very note-able and entertaining read.
Millie Sullivan is trying to take care of her grandmother who is close to be evicted at the nursing home because Millie is unable to afford the costs. However, with the mention that a hidden treasure is at The Chateau, a wealthy estate in Georgia, Millie thinks
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

"She just wanted to be able to say that all was well with her soul."

Except, at the moment, nothing seemed to be going well. Having just been advised that her beloved grandmother needed a higher level of skilled care than the Golden Isles Center could provide; Millie Sullivan has a mere ninety days to relocate her; requiring her to work a virtual miracle. The only ray of hope arrives when Grandma Joy unloads a bombshell of family history. Millie's great grandmother's journal spoke of a t
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to and Revell publishers for this book.

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 be
V. Palmer
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to confess something...

I decided to read A Sparkle of Silver because of the first line of the summary... "Millie Sullivan plays a 1920s-era guest - " And that's all it took for me to want to read the book! I'm a sucker for anything relating to the 1920's!

But what I found when I started reading A Sparkle of Silver surprised and delighted me! This story is actually more of a big, beautiful diamond than a simple sparkle of silver!

Multiple facets make up Millie and Ben's story. Humor. Roma
Fiction Aficionado
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Calling all treasure hunters—especially those who enjoy a sweet and slightly whimsical romance thrown into the mix! This story was a good mix of light-hearted and heartfelt as Ben and Millie sought to find a treasure that would not only relieve them of some heavy financial burdens, but also unravel the mystery of who Millie’s great-grandfather was.

Millie, in particular, was a likeable heroine, with her penchant for reading romance novels and carrying on conversations with herself. Her grandmothe
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Camilla “Millie” Sullivan is heartbroken. She’s being forced to move her beloved grandma Joy from the assisted living facility where she’s being cared for because her memory loss has worsened, necessitating more specialized care. Millie is strapped financially and can hardly afford to take care of herself. She’s out of options and feeling hopeless and dejected until her grandma mutters details about a long-held family secret that might help Millie to get the funds she needs. It involve
Paula Shreckhise
I love stories about treasure hunts. This was terrific. Ms. Johnson pens a complex story of Mille and Ben searching for a treasure that is somehow connected to Millie’s great grandmother Ruth. Ruth Holiday spent the summer of 1929 at the Chateau of rich Howard Dawkins on St. Simons Island, Georgia just before the stock market crash.
This book has lots of historical details about the mansion and life of the rich in 1929. The backstory is told through letters from Ruth and diary entries and leads
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
3.5 stars

This first book in Johnson's Georgia Coast Romance series has a touch of everything: romance, mystery, history, and a beautiful spiritual message about forgiveness.
Both Millie and Ben have strong reasons for finding the treasure, and as they search, they grow closer to each other. The development of their romance feels natural and believable, and their attempts to resist each other makes the relationship more appealing to the reader.
I loved the use of the old diaries to tell the story o
Morgan Smith
A sweet and heartwarming romantic story centered upon family legacies that are so much more than expected, more than the mistakes and regret of the past and present, and about forgiveness and mercy for those who have wronged us—all told amid the charming Georgia coastline in the shadow of a historic chateau.
Liz F.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. This was too cute. 😉
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