A Sparkle Of Silver
Liz Johnson: Revell/ Baker Publishing
Publication Date 10/16/2018
Uncovering the past can lead to an unexpected future . . .
Millie Sullivan plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage--and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won't be easy.
When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate's private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.
What I liked:
I loved that the book was set in a gorgeous old plantation near the Atlantic shore of St Simons Island. The author clearly loves this area, and wishes the reader to be transported to its picturesque surroundings complete with a journal to remember back in time when life was simple and life was to enjoy . The main characters each have their own struggles and meeting to "find the treasure" was to solve both their problems. I loved the look back in the journal entries learning about life in the turn of the century when society still met around a dinner table with conversation instead of checking social media.
I loved the relationship that the journal entries portrayed with George, and how he was a simple man who just wanted to care for Ruthie, to give her a future of honest security and devotion.
What would have made this a five star:
I really wanted more depth of character for Ben to hear more of his side of the story, I would have liked more interaction of activities outside of work and to see more of a natural relationship forming beyond the quest for the treasure and common struggles. While the story was light and entertaining, I longed for forshadowing to future books as this is part of interconnected stories about the Georgia Coast. Readers who like cozy mysteries this is right for your next read! Thanks to #Bookish First and #Revell publishing for my arc!