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A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko



About the Book:

Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she’s finally put behind her—or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she’s now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town—but he needs Eloise’s help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them before it’s too late.


My Review:

Where can I begin?

I loved this conclusion to this series, but I would say that they could be read as stand alone books. You understand some more of the main character’s story when you have read the previous two books, but you don’t have to have read them.

First of all, the history. She knocks it out of the park with the history of an event that we don’t know that much about. Water is the theme in all three books, and it continues here. The characters are flawed. In fact, there is not much to like about either of them in the beginning, but as you read, they grow on you.

Pain. Rejection. Love. Anger. Mystery. This book has all the elements intertwined and giving us a picture of what it would have been like for a woman in a position of power, but also for a man in power, but having to work with someone he cared for that no longer cares for him.

Romance? Yes, there is romance. But the focus of the book is the story with the romantic threads. I found that I wanted to follow the story, regardless of the romance.

I would recommend this series for older teens and adults that love unique historical books and want to have their fancy tickled to search for more details.

I obtained this book from the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko



My Review:
So, if the cover and the beautiful hair adornments on the front of this book were not enough to get you to pick it up, you have to pick it up for the history. I never knew plumbing, and the chemistry of the purification of water could be so interesting. I mean, forget history books, put a few more of these on the shelves and  history is fascinating.
Was there a storyline besides that? Oh, of course. What is  a book without a storyline? Well, a textbook, but this was no textbook. I found myself wanting to pull out and study them though. I cannot wait for the next book in this series when I was done, but this story throughly wraps up the details in the end. It is not one that you are upset that you have a year to wait, but you are wanting more of the story and the characters.
I am not sure that I have seen a narcissistic character so well portrayed as in this book. She had nice moments, but in the end, she seeks to make her own way by hurting others to make herself better. Secondary character, one you will recognize from the first book, but a memorable one.
Life lessons learned from this book? 
  • -Thankfulness that so far, chlorine has not been proven deadly when used in small amounts to purify water.
  • Deceit never pays off. Not in books, nor in real life. If you think you are stuck in a jam and can’t tell anyone, likely that is when you should tell someone.
  • Don’t try to understand a narcissistic person. They will end up just hurting you more in the end, no matter your good intentions.
  • Cholera was awful. I am so thankful we don’t have that anymore.
I highly recommend this series. It is the second book in the series, but they could be read as a stand alone, I would recommend you read the first book before this one, as I feel you will enjoy it more and know the characters better.
This series would be excellent to make a whole high school unit study from as well.
This book was just recently released, but is available at your local booksellers (hopefully) and Amazon.
I obtained this book from the publisher and NetGalley. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden


Book Description from author’s website:

Anna O’Brien has the perfect job at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea. When forces conspire to prevent her from learning the truth, she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan is one of the most powerful men in congress until his career begins collapsing amidst scandal. When he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship, he is stunned to find himself falling in love with the down-to-earth librarian. Despite the attraction, strict rules forbid Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of congress, and each meeting puts her career in jeopardy.
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 will begin unraveling a mystery larger and more dangerous than ever imagined.

My Review:

Elizabeth Camden is a brilliant author. Her books, each one of them can hold their place in the sun. This one in particular shines brightly. She has woven a fantastic tale of history. The beautiful new Library of Congress is the center of this story, with all the debate on the improvements. A young congressmen with anger issues and a young, spunky librarian with a husky voice. What could they possibly have in common? Nothing, really, or so it turns out.

I loved the realism this story takes. Both of the main characters, as in Ms. Camden’s other books have suffered from abuse. Yet, they are survivors. They freely admit they struggle with the past events. Anna is sensitive about her voice while Luke does not want to be like his father. They are human and weak. Yet, they seek to appear strong.

You get to watch the Spanish/American War unfold, a conflict with Cuba and even hints about President McKinley’s wife. This is historical fiction at it’s prime. The tidbits dropped throughout will pique your interest in learning more about the time period. The word pictures will show you a glimpse of the majesty of the Library of Congress as well as the job early librarians performed there. There is mention of a scene with both characters that can be a little triggering if you have had abuse in your past. It is superbly written as to get my heart racing when I read it, like I was there. Alcohol abuse is mentioned as well as brief mention of physical abuse. For this reason, it is recommended for older teens and adult reading.

I absolutely loved it!! It was the right pace for the story to unfold. It didn’t feel rushed. There are so many layers to the characters, and you will be irritated with Luke right along with Anna! Go out and buy this one!

This book was provided for review by NetGalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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Top book reads of 2014….

This is a very hard post to write. There are so many good books that I read this past year! If any of you would like to see a list that is mostly complete of all the books I read this past year, check out my Pinterest page. I have to say that there were so many books that I read this year that vied for the top spaces. It is not always like that! Stones for Bread by Christa Parrish  I loved this story. It took the story of a young woman that bakes bread for a living. It not only wove a beautiful story with recipes between, but it  had the spiritual truths of bread baking throughout. A Table by the Window by Hilary Lodge Amazon link to buy-  I bought several of these for gifts this year. cover-1 With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden – I loved the medical history in this one. Click for a full review! Link to buy from Amazon cover46647-medium The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron  -Such a story! It stuck with me! Click for full review…. Link to Amazon _140_245_Book.1272.cover  In Perfect time by Sarah Sundin – The redemption story in fiction… Click for full review Link to buy from Amazon Sundin - In Perfect Time The Bound Heart by Dawn Crandall – available only in eBook for now and looking forward to the third one….click for full review Link to buy from Amazon  2.The Bound Heart Runner Ups: The Longing by Tamara Leigh- Link to buy from Amazon  This is book #5 in this series. It is a whirlwind of a clean, historical romance from ancient times. Where-treetops-Glisten-252x378 When Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Sarah Sundin and Cara Putnam– click for full review Link to buy from Amazon  Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson- This was a really great book about World War 1. It was almost completely clean, barring some graphic scenes of the war and one other scene. Just to be warned to watch and skim if that bothers you. If you click on the link, it is on sale for only $2.99 on Kindle right now. Sweetened with Honey Sweetened with Honey by Valerie Comer Link to Amazon There are more, but I will refrain and leave those for you to browse the blog and Pinterest page on your own! Non-Fiction:  You can’t make me….but I can be persuaded by Cynthia Tobias Jump Starting Boys by Pam Withers  The Wooden Horse  I hope you enjoyed this and might find a few things you may want to read!


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With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko


Book Description:

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.


My Review:

Where can I start? It seems there are books that you read that you can put down and forget that you were reading them. Then there are others that the characters pull you into their world, tie their hearts to yours, and make you forget where you are at. This was one of those books. For the time I spent reading this Advanced Review Copy, I  felt like I was battling out the fight against TB myself. If there is a book that will make you grateful for medical advances, this one will certainly do the trick.

Ms. Camden is a talented writer. I feel like when I finish one of her books, she leaves you with a longing for more. Only the best authors have that talent. Her stories are not mundane, they touch on topics that you may not have thought about throughout history.

The underlying storyline as well, which spoke about a scared, illegitimate child that is fighting not only a horrific disease, but a nation of scared people that fight him and his goals will touch your heart as well.

This is a book you will want to preorder now, if you enjoy historical fiction.

This book was provided for me for review by NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers. The opinions contained herein are my own.


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