LSBBT BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson (Christian Romance/Mystery)

Georgia Coast Romance #2

  Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance / Mystery
Publisher: Revell
Date of Publication: August 6, 2019
Number of Pages: 368

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Discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world.

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 things do not go as planned. Carter is fascinated with the wreck, 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.

“Both an exciting treasure hunt and penetrating exploration of overcoming mistakes Johnson’s excellent novel will captivate readers.” — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW

I received a copy of this book for free. This is my honest and thoughtful review.

After my rave review of last year’s A SPARKLE OF SILVER, I could not wait to start reading this next installment! Once again, Liz Johnson has completely blown me away and cemented herself as an author on my insta-buy list! 

Even though this is the second book in the series, it can very well be read as a stand-alone. The story follows two new characters, Anne and Carter, in their quest for information about a sunken ship off the coast of Savannah that occurred over 250 years ago.

Anne is attempting to reset her life following poor decision making and consequential mistakes, while Carter is struggling to keep the small museum he curates afloat. When Anne finds the hilt of a sword on the beach after a hurricane, she enlists Carter’s help to determine its value. She quickly discovers that he has a vested interest in the item as well, having read about its description in the diary of a crew member who worked on board the ship for some time before it went down. Carter has spent much of his life trying to prove to his family, colleagues, and academia that the diary is in fact a piece of history and not a fantastic work of creative writing. Once Anne arrives, both of their lives are fundamentally changed.

“No matter how hard she tried to smile at Carter’s silly joke, it didn’t change who they were. She was a woman with a past she’d rather forget and name she could do without. He was a man with a name he didn’t seem to want yet couldn’t help but own.”

The author’s beautiful yet casual writing style is completely engaging and becomes incredibly immersive with the inclusion of the diary entries and letters sprinkled across the narrative. Readers will become just as excited as Anne to discover the truth behind the crew member’s involvement on the Catherine. It’s really a meta moment! Just as Anne is excited to return to the diary to find out more, readers will look forward to reading what Anne is reading and the pages will fly! The author is able to effortlessly weave the plot and historical subplots together so that everything becomes integral to the story and builds these interwoven relationships into a rich and multilayered story that kept me turning the pages long into the night! 

“It sounds to me like you’re carrying some heavy shame. And here’s what I know. Grace is better than shame. Every time.”

As with the previous book, so many genres come together to weave a layered story that any reader can enjoy. Filled with elements of mystery, suspense, romance, and history, the author’s deft storytelling also crafts a captivating spiritual message about forgiveness and redemption.

This is an intensely heartwarming story that gracefully captures the power of second chances and the magic of uncovering true love. The picturesque descriptions of this coastal community will have you believing the sand is really in between your toes and the oppressive heat is beating down. So stay cool inside with this atmospheric read or take with you on your vacation to close out the summer and find some treasure of your own!

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of Silver, A Glitter of Gold, The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, and On Love’s Gentle Shore, as well as a New York Times bestselling novella and a handful of short stories. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona.

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GRAND PRIZE: Copies of both Georgia Coast Romance Series Books + $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card
SECOND PRIZE: Copy of Glitter of Gold + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
THIRD PRIZE: Copy of Glitter of Gold + Tote BagAUGUST 6-16, 2019
(U.S. Only)

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Liz Johnson! It was a pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!


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