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.
I am so happy that I had the chance to read this great story….it’s like getting a little historical and contemporary at the same time! I love stories that have a history to them, and this also takes place in one of my favorite places to visit, St. Simons Island, GA. The character of Millie Sullivan hits home in so many ways for me, she has a wonderful sense of humor, loves to read romance stories, talks to herself all the time, and loves her grandma with a passion.
I adore old houses that have a past, and when you can walk along the halls and enter rooms and know that your very own ancestors walked the same paths! I had as much fun following Millie as I did her great grandmother, Ruth, through journals and a search for hidden treasure! Ben Thornton makes the perfect partner in the treasure hunt, and these two are so much fun!
They all have their bumps in the road along their journey, and I am so glad I was able to have a part in it! One particular line from the novel jumped out at me, and it has found a very special place in my heart: “you are more than the worst thing you have ever done”. I needed to hear that very much so these last few weeks, and it will resonate with me in the weeks to come.
I am looking forward to reading more of Ms. Johnsons books in the near future!