Penelope Hunter loves her job as the events manager at one of Savannah’s premier historic venues–until her ex-fiancé walks into her office with his new bride-to-be. To make matters worse, a scheming social matriarch is intent on seeing Penelope fired, especially if she insists on being seen with Tucker Westbrook.
Since returning from serving two tours in the Middle East, Tucker has built a thriving security company. His work is nearly as stabilizing as his friendship with Penelope, who has been by his side since childhood. But when the lone candidate for county sheriff goads him, Tucker loses his cool and ends up on the ballot–and on the receiving end of a smear campaign claiming the Westbrooks were traitors to the South.
To clear his name, Tucker and Penelope must join forces to find the truth behind a 150-year-old lost treasure. But the more time they spend together, the closer she comes to losing her job–and falling helplessly in love.
"This was why people didn't fall in love with their best friends. Because when it didn't work out, the only person she wanted to go to for comfort was the one person she wasn't speaking to."Penelope Hunter and Tucker Westbrook have been best friends all of their lives and they've always trusted that the other would be there. And then...their efforts to disprove rumors about Tucker's family leads them into unknown waters and dangerous territory and suddenly, their friendship turns into something much deeper. Their affectionate quick hugs become pulse-altering, heart-racing embraces and their pecks on the cheek seem no longer enough! Has their relationship changed to 'always being there, as in marriage", or will their search for answers drive them apart?
A Dazzle of Diamonds is wonderfully romantic and there is also an intriguing mystery woven throughout the story. I especially enjoyed the entries from a diary and letters written during the Civil War that shed light on the activities of Tucker's family during that time. These records of a secret romance certainly add interest to PJ and Tucker's current emotions and the details about the treasure are totally surprising!
Author Liz Johnson has created some wonderful characters for A Dazzle of Diamonds, the third book of her Georgia Coast Romance series. PJ and Tucker experience both spiritual growth and emotional maturity and Tucker's Aunt Shirley is truly a "gem" as she offers her wisdom and guidance. "Ask God to show you his plan. It'll be better than any plan you could make."
If you are looking for a book that causes you to think, makes you feel good, and leaves you smiling, then this contemporary Christian romance is the book for you!
I received a copy of this book from Revell. A favorable review was never required and the opinions expressed are solely my own.
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