First Line Friday — A Sparkle of Silver

2 Nov

Happy Friday everyone! This week I am featuring a novel by a new-to-me author, A Sparkle of Silver by Liz Johnson. This book has so much to recommend it: a lot of positive buzz across the interwebs, a setting in my home state, and recommendations from people in the know. Have you read it yet? Let me know why I need to move it up to the top of my TBR pile. And of course, be sure to share your first line too.

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Ninety years ago, Millie Sullivan’s great-grandmother was a guest at oil tycoon Howard Dawkins’ palatial estate on the shore of St. Simons Island, Georgia. Now, Millie plays a 1920s-era guest during tours of the same manor. But when her grandmother suggests that there is a lost diary containing the location of a hidden treasure on the estate, along with the true identity of Millie’s great-grandfather, Millie sets out to find the truth of her heritage–and the fortune that might be hers. When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. But her story seems almost too ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up . . .

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and sighing with delight as two charming characters get caught up in the adventure of uncovering the past and finding their way to an unexpected future.


By day Liz Johnson is the marketing director for a radio network. She finds time to write late at night and is a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Tucson, AZ, where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at

11 Responses to “First Line Friday — A Sparkle of Silver”

  1. susandyer1962 November 2, 2018 at 11:38 am #

    Happy Friday!🍁🍁

    My first lines come from a book I’m very excited to be reading soon, Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverni……..

    The heavy iron doors open and for a moment Mildred stands motionless and blinking in the sunlight, breathless from the sudden rush of cool, fresh air caressing her face and lifting her hair. The guard propels her forward into the prison yard, his grip painful and unyielding around her upper arm.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!💕📚📖🍁

    • rbclibrary November 2, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      Sounds so good!

  2. thebeccafiles November 2, 2018 at 2:43 pm #

    Happy Friday! This week on my blog I’m featuring Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from my current chapter (13) here: “Doing what I haven’t ever done before has become a kind of purpose for me.” Hope you have a great weekend with plenty of quality reading time!

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2018 at 6:32 am #

      That is a great line! Have a great weekend!

      • thebeccafiles November 3, 2018 at 11:14 am #

        Thanks you too!

  3. lelandandbecky November 2, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from “Oceans Apart” by Clare Revell, included in the set “Somewhere Beyond the Blue”:

    “Oliver Voight checked his passport for the third time.”

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2018 at 6:32 am #

      Sounds like me. I am a nervous traveler. 😉

  4. bellesmoma16 November 2, 2018 at 7:55 pm #

    Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from An Hour Unspent by Roseanna White. Currently, I’m reading The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear. This book is SO good, I’m absolutely loving it. I’m on chapter 28, so I’ll share a line from there:

    “The women came for her very shortly after, and while leading her off, they shooed Crying Bird away.”

    Hope you have an amazing weekend filled with great reading time! 😀🧡📚

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2018 at 6:31 am #

      I liked Cumberland Bride as well. Have a great weekend!

  5. Yvette - Bookworlder November 2, 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Happy Friday! I’m sharing from my current read, Temptation Rag by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard. Here is a line from the top of page 9:

    “She thought she would never tire of watching him at the piano, his fingers caressing the keys, a look of such tenderness on his face as if he would gladly die for each and every note.”

    • rbclibrary November 3, 2018 at 6:31 am #

      What a line!

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