Title: A Sparkle of Silver
Author: Liz Johnson
“She kept saying that there was more than treasure buried at the Chateau. She said the truth would be there too,” Millie explains in Liz Johnson’s novel, A Sparkle of Silver.
~ What ~
The first in the Georgia Coast Romance series, this three-hundred-and-seventy-page book targets those who enjoy contemporary Christian romance, missing treasure, and relationship dynamics. With no profanity, adult topics of old-fashioned improprieties may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes an excerpt of the next book, acknowledgments, and author’s biography.
Set on St. Simons Island in Georgia, this tale involves Millie Sullivan, a young woman who must work three jobs to make sure her aging and forgetful grandmother’s finances are covered at an assisted living facility. When her dear grandmom mentions a diary of her mother’s that was hidden ninety years ago at the once-famous local estate, she adds another job title of actress to the mansion’s tours to search for the book.
During her snooping and sleuthing, Ben Thornton, a history professor who is a security guard there and trying to pay off debts he never caused, finds he has no choice but to partner with her to help her locate the old diary that is supposed to include a treasure map.
As the two rush to find the answers, the clock of the past ticks on, explaining more than where the treasure is but also who Millie is and how Ben can be rid of his guilt.
With the theme of forgiveness, this is a romantic story of finding what is most important in life. Although money acquired by finding the treasure would pay the bills to take care of her grandmother, Millie initially wishes she was related to a rich man her great-grandmother met at the estate so long ago. Through sins of action and inaction of the past and present, the two protagonists learn God is the ultimate provider, not money. I like the descriptions of decades-old societal rules and ways.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like Christian romances will pass on this story that promotes God’s mercy and forgiveness while learning to forgive others. Although no eternal plan of salvation is discussed, it does have references to the Bible and sporadic prayers to God. With a twist at the end, the romances are predictable and some of the characters continually waver on their decisions. While I have read a prior book by this author, I found this one less engaging due to its stereotypical characters.
~ Wish ~
I found some of the instances of sneaking around to find the treasure, lying to others, and conversing to oneself for assurance handled flippantly by the characters, especially those who trusted God. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you like a mystery of a woman’s desire to not only take care of her grandmother but also learn about her lineage, this may be a good read, but I found myself often skimming pages that were bogged down, wanting to know the outcome of the story.
Thanks to Revell for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on my honest opinion.
This book can be purchased at https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-sparkle-of-silver-liz-johnson/1127953156