Monday, January 12, 2015

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (Book Review)

*Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

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 thoughts-

I can read from pretty much any book genre and find something I enjoy about the story or the characters, but there is just something about historical fiction that holds a deep place in my heart. I can read novel after novel and feel like I am transported to that time and place and it's always a lovely place to be!

Beyond All Dreams was a nice change of pace for a historical fiction novel to be set somewhere other than a manor house. I enjoyed the very original setting of the Library of Congress. It filled me with envy to read about someone working in such a place! If you are as in love with books as I am, you will enjoy the setting too. Of course, taking place in such a political setting, there is bound to be a story line involving a handsome congressman. In addition to the quintessential love story, there is mystery about a navel ship that will keep you flipping the pages as well! This is the second book I have read by Elizabeth Camden and I will absolutely continue to seek out her books as they are published.

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