With each new book Elizabeth Camden continues to show her talent, her creativity and her love of history. It makes one book nerd rather happy! Her latest release is another intriguing topic, time period and inspired me in so many ways.
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?
First off, this book was funny! I also loved Luke’s appreciation and love of literature, as well as the way he described said love. He expressed it in much better ways than I could and was completely unashamed about it. I also thought the book would focus on figuring out what happened to a ship’s disappearance (which would have been intriguing enough), but it was so much more than that.
Have you ever had a book that you needed to read at that very time in your life? I feel like there were so many things from this novel that reached me right where I’m at. Like this quote:
“Making mistakes means you’re learning, growing, pushing…that you yearn for something and aren’t afraid to chase after it. You’re being creative and contributing to this world, even if it doesn’t work out as you hoped. Go ahead and make mistakes. For once in your life, quit playing it safe and make some spectacular mistakes…make glorious mistakes that will echo through the age…reach out and strive for something beyond all dreams.”
Also, Camden used the phrase Coup de foudre, which happens to be one of my favorite French phrases. These last two of Camden’s have by far been my favorite of her’s, so of course I recommend this one to fans of historical fiction!
Totally random question – is there a phrase in another language you absolutely love? Also, if you’re a Camden fan, what’s one of your favorite of her novels?
(Thank you to Litfuse for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden’s newest release, Beyond All Dreams. 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?
Elizabeth is celebrating the release of Beyond All Dreams with a Kindle giveaway and Facebook party on February 17.
One grand prize winner will receive:
- A Kindle Fire
- One copy of Beyond All Dreams
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/17. Winner will be announced at Elizabeth’s 2/17 Beyond All Dreams Facebook author chat party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Elizabeth and historical fiction fans, as well as for the opportunity to win some great prizes!