Sunday, August 25, 2019

Review: "A Glitter of Gold" by Liz Johnson

Over the past few years, Liz Johnson has quietly become one of my favorite romance writers. I say "quietly" because her name is not one that quickly jumps to mind when thinking of my favorite writers, but every time I pick up one of her books, I. Love. It.

When pirate wreck tour guide Anne Norris finds evidence of an undiscovered shipwreck, she seeks the help of museum director Carter Hale to uncover the truth and treasure that could save her business. But can she trust him with her secrets and her heart?

Liz Johnson has done it again—written a romance that gave me all the feels and was impossible to put down!

Anne and Carter's story—ostensibly a search for a sunken ship, but really a search for belonging—is so engaging. And the chemistry between the two of them is 🔥. I also loved Carter's Aunt Tessie, who gently nudged both Anne and Carter out of the shadows of their pasts and toward each other. (I would love a book about Tessie's younger years. She's such a fascinating woman!)

There's also a secondary story, told entirely through 250-year-old documents, about sailors on the Catherine, the ship Anne and Carter are searching for. This story reminded me a bit of Lori Wick's Wings of the Morning (which really is just about the highest praise I can give—Smokey & Dallas forever!), not in the actual plot (though there are some basic similarities), but in the tone and in how the story made me feel.

Put those two stories together, and you have a captivating novel full of so much heart. Highly recommended for fans of romance! 5 stars.

Note: This is the second book in Johnson's Georgia Coast Romance series, but, other than the setting of Georgia and the common theme of a treasure hunt, I didn't catch any connections between the books. Both certainly work as stand-alone novels.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Johsnon's A Sparkle of Silver (4 stars) and her Red Door Inn series The Red Door Inn (4 stars), Where Two Hearts Meet (5 stars), On Love's Gentle Shore (5 stars) and Christmas at the Red Door Inn (4-1/2 stars).

Liz Johnson is the author of more than a dozen novels, including A Sparkle of Silver, The Red Door Inn, Where Two Hearts Meet, and On Love's Gentle Shore. She makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She hasn't discovered a pirate treasure—yet.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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