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Friday, April 3, 2015

BEYOND ALL DREAMS By Elizabeth Camden

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
Release Date:  December 15, 2014
Pages:  368
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Rating:  3+ Stars⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Book: 
Sweeping and Romantic Historical Drama from an Award-Winning Author
Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but 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 until his promising career became 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 entanglement with a member 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 themselves?

Wanda's Thoughts: 
Washington, D. C. – 1897 – Anna O’Brien found working at the Library of Congress the greatest privilege of her life. Anna’s father had been a Navy scientist who’d been one of the men who’d disappeared fifteen years ago on the USS Culpeper. The ship sank during a late season hurricane. Anna had found a mistake in an old naval report of the Culpeper and was asking that the case be reopened and corrected.

Luke Callahan was one of the most charismatic men in Congress, but had just recently been removed from the committee that controlled the budget of the United States. He was feeling rather humiliated, having plummeted a long way to the committee on fisheries.

Anna and Luke were both carrying wounds of the past and they both knew what it was like to feel abandoned in an uncertain world. And the story unfolds as a relationship begins to blossom between Anna and Luke and together they work to unravel the mystery of the Culpeper.

Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorites writers, and I’ve read most of her novels. Although the writing is her signature style, and well written, this one just didn’t capture my attention. The book is certainly readable, somewhat interesting, and well researched, but just not one of my favorites. My rating is 3 + stars.

About the Author:
Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian.