Review & Giveaway: A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

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


A Glitter of Gold is the first Liz Johnson book I have read so far and let me tell you, I want to read everything she has ever written. The story flows effortlessly. Sometimes you can sense when an author is trying to do too much with their characterization or the plot, and it often works to their disadvantage. Johnson is telling a story both in the present time and the past (some 250 years ago or so), and she weaves them together with such grace. I have read other books that have used a similar technique and found myself wishing that the author spent more time in one time period than the other. I think that the author gives us a good mix of both worlds. To me, the mark of a truly good book is one that you don’t want to see end. While I appreciate the epilogue that tied up some loose ends, I really wanted to know what happens to our heroin after this adventure.

The cover art is beautiful and matches up stylistically with the other Georgia Coast Romance novel (A Sparkle of Silver). I paused a little when I looked at it because the cover model is Jessica Alba’s doppelganger. That little bit aside, once I really dove into the story, I didn’t think that the cover matched the novel. Anne didn’t seem like the type of woman to wear fancy looking drop earrings and a snazzy nautical scarf around her neck. But to be fair, having her appear sweaty and disheveled in her pirate getup probably wouldn’t be the way to go either.

When you have a story within a story, sometimes the page or chapter breaks get crazy with odd formatting. You can breathe easy knowing that A Glitter of Gold is not one of those books. The formatting is clean and the copy editing is impeccable. I could truly enjoy just reading this story without feeling tempted to reach for a red pencil and start marking away. The characters and dialogue are realistic, so you can just immerse yourself in the story. I also liked Johnson’s style of writing during the diary entries. You could tell that it was meant to be written long ago without the use of old timey words like “ye” and certainly no pirate talk.

This book would have been the perfect beach read if I had the good fortune to be on vacation. Alas, I was confined to a sweltering day at home with no air conditioning. It was a nice, cozy read as I sipped my iced tea on the couch. I resisted the siren song of Netflix over the weekend so that I could devour it all in one go. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

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 Bag
AUGUST 6-16, 2019
(U.S. Only)

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2 responses to “Review & Giveaway: A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

  1. Love that this book comes out on top when measured against the norm! Sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for the review!

  2. Pingback: A GLITTER OF GOLD by Liz Johnson – Book Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway | Carpe Diem Chronicles by Maida Malby

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