A SPARKLE OF SILVER by Liz Johnson, Reviewed by Susan Snodgrass
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 journal and treasure. She is working two jobs and barely making ends meet trying to keep her Grandma Joy in an assisted living facility because of her dementia.
Security guard Ben Thornton catches Millie in an off limits area of the mansion and is about to turn her over to the authorities when Millie makes a deal with him: help her and half the treasure is his. Ben has his own financial woes and takes her up on it. Together they set out on an adventure that will cause pain, bring grace and hopefully, forgiveness.
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.
Liz Johnson has written a wonderfully 'sparkly' tale here, with believable characters, a great plot with some pretty good mystery thrown in, as we, the reader, get a glimpse into the great grandmother's adventures in 1929. And the romance is precious. Engaging and entertaining, well written and hard to put down. Recommended.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and author. All opinions stated here are entirely my own.
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