Liz Johnson is the author of the Georgia Coast Romance series. “A Sparkle of Silver” is the first book in the series. The story is about a young woman whose grandmother has some dementia but remembers that her own mother had written a journal in which there was supposed to be a map to a treasure. Joy, the grandmother, doesn’t know who her real father was and has just now relayed that to her granddaughter Millie. Millie is desperate to find funds to make sure her grandmother is able to live in an assisted living home. She is working two jobs, but still can’t make enough to keep her grandmother comfortable there.
One of her jobs is to play the part of a 1920’s era guest of Chateau Dawkins, which during the golden age of the ’20 was the scene of splendid house parties. The invited guests were high society. All that changed with the stock-market crash of 1929 and the house was made into a tourist attraction. Coincidently, Joy’s mother was the guest of a guest at this home in the ’20. It was there that she was sure her mother, Ruth’s journal would be found. Millie broke the rules and went into the library to search for the book, but was caught by a security guard. She related her story to him and they decided to become partners in the search.
I could go on about the secrecy, the searches, and the contents of the diary, but that is for the reader to find out. Truthfully, I was not really into this book at all. It was well written and the characters were interesting, but I found it to be a highly unlikely scenario for a contemporary romance novel. I’m sure that the next books in the series will be interesting in their own right though.