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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Elizabeth Camden: Beyond All Dreams

By Kelly Bridgewater

Back Cover Copy:

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

My Review:

Elizabeth Camden’s writing demands attention. Her story centers on some important part of the history with a little twist and imagination. I love how Camden weaves the make believe with the facts and makes a seamless story flowing from scene to scene for the readers. It is a nice piece of writing where I felt and believed the struggles of Anna and Luke. The story flows in a linear format without any interruption from the narrator or author intruding on the story. Camden has done ton of research, which is evident in every chapter in the story.

Being a historical romance, Camden does a good job at creating realistic characters who long for love. Anna was a quiet character who just wanted to dig deeper into her passion of maps while working in the library out of view of the bigger population. On the other hand, Luke is a strong character who wants to flee from the heritage of drinking that causes anger in members of his family. Luke doesn’t want to lie, but he wants to make a new path for his family to aspire to. The struggle between Anna and Luke on the path to romance was realistic and filled with swoon-worthy moments. Luke had moments of weakness by showing his anger, but he always had the best intentions to change.

Camden does a great job at describing the city of Washington D.C. and the Library of Congress. As someone who has never travelled to D.C., I felt like I was standing in the hallow halls of the marvelous library, looking at the mountain of books and ancient maps. I enjoyed meeting President McKinley, even if it was on the pages of a novel. Camden includes the readers in the landscape and allows us to marvel in the surroundings like Luke and Anna did.

Camden returns to her love of the library and weaves it into a fabulous story right before the Spanish-American war with an unforgettable plot, passionate romance, and characters who stays with the reader long after the book is closed.

I received a paperback copy of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden from Bethany House Publishers and the above opinions are all my own.
Elizabeth Camden 
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