Monday, February 2, 2015
Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
Ok, reading the description of this book they had me at Library. In the early 1800's the main character Anna works at the Library of Congress as a map librarian. How cool is that? I love the way the author put it - the books there contain wisdom of the ages. Awesome. She's a strong, knowledgeable female character. Her father was a navy scientist who mapped the floor of the ocean and was lost at sea. While at work Anna is able to do some research and found there was an error in the old naval report. Which is not a well received message for the navy.
Luke is a popular Congressman with some serious family issues, but he's in Washington to serve his state and do some good. Anna gets his attention when she talks back to him, but then he realizes she could be useful. Politics is the name of the game, and he needs all the help he can get in a struggle with the Speaker of the House.
This book is very well written. Since Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian herself, she puts a lot of interesting detail into the book. There's a lot of depth to the characters and you get to know all their issues, which make them all the more endearing. A sweet romance evolves, and there's an element of danger and secrecy that makes this one you don't want to put down until you know everything. But then you don't want to leave the characters when the story ends!
From the publisher's description of the book: "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?"
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