A GLITTER OF GOLD by Liz Johnson, Reviewed by Rebecca, Winnie and Trixi
"He wanted fame and fortune in the spotlight . . . . She just wanted to survive. Unrecognized. Unseen. Anonymous."
He . . . . is museum director, Carter Hale. She . . . . is pirate-tour entrepreneur, Anne Norris. They both, are so much more.
When Anne Norris stumbles upon a piece of potential island treasure, she has no way of knowing that it might connect to an historic journal, which in turn might connect Carter Hale to a shipwreck just waiting to be discovered off the coast of Georgia. Both Anne and Carter need an infusion of cash for entirely different reasons; one owns a fledgling tourist business and the other is trying to manage a maritime museum that is on the brink of disaster. The trouble is, Carter is looking to better his future while Anne is desperate to escape her past. And then, they start looking at each other. Is gaining one treasure worth losing another?
At times a bit whimsical, maybe even borderline fantastical, but at its very core it is merciful; a story that is comfortable in its own skin, daring to shed shame in order to clothe itself in truth . . . plus, who could ever forget those sweet kisses??!
*I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Liz Johnson has penned another charming story in her Georgia Coast Romance series. A Glitter of Gold, set in contemporary Georgia, drew me in quickly and kept me turning pages. Rebecca Jones’ journal from 250 years prior was a unique and fascinating addition to the story, and added an extra dimension to it. Her adventures and the tie-in to the contemporary part of the story enthralled me. Johnson has created realistic, emotionally layered, and endearing characters that came to life and touched my heart. Anne Norris was a hurting and broken heroine, and Carter Hale was the perfect hero to help heal her hurts. Their growing relationship was fun to follow. The stellar cast of supporting characters, especially Aunt Tessie, helped to round out the story and make it even more delightful.
With adventure, history, suspense, and romance, this story has a bit of everything. I especially enjoyed the messages of grace, forgiveness, hope, and trust that added so much to it. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/Revell. All opinions are my own.
A 250 year old diary, an ancient sword hilt and a pirate legend all mash up to bring adventure, love and the promise of a treasure worth far more than gold!
I’m not sure how to put how I feel about this story other than I loved everything about it! And even that seems lame compared to what is contained within the pages of the book. Because I don’t want to underscore how it grabbed a hold of me from the very first page and then Liz Johnson sealed it by including pages of an ancient diary about pirates and the danger of the high seas! Wow, you’re in for quite an adventure with “A Glitter of Gold”!
I think I loved Anne from the very start. She’s smart, a little sassy, and wants to make a new name for herself after a tragic past. A past which she had no control over and cost her dearly. Living with guilt and shame, she runs to Savannah, Georgia to start a pirate tour company. Because if it’s one thing she loves, it’s a good story and the history behind it. Carter has his own family issues he’s not dealt with and a failing museum. When Anne brings him evidence of a shipwreck he’s been trying to prove really happened…he sees doors opening for his dream career. Trying to convince her to partner up with him proves difficult at best. But the pages of a diary sway her just enough to go along for the ride.
I really love how Johnson incorporated two stories in one, the distant past and in today’s world. So it’s like getting your cake and the best frosting in the world coating it! This has so many layers to uncover and each one is more delightful than the previous one. Being a romantic at heart, I found pleasure in watching these two fall in love. Anne has been burnt in the romance department, so seeing her open up to the possibility was charming. It just proves that love can come from unexpected places. There were also some very powerful spiritual messages included. Carter was reminded that God saw him as more than what he thought he was and His grace can set Anne free from guilt and shame. Oh, and I really loved Aunt Tessie! She was a wise woman who God used to speak truths into their lives and engulf them in her healing hugs. She had that southern charm and welcoming spirit.
This one is for contemporary inspirational fiction readers who also love a little touch of historical & a romance to warm the heart!
* This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, through Interviews & Reviews for my honest opinion.*
Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.
Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do again: trust a man.
Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that's turning up nothing will take all their dedication--and every secret they've tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world--love.
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