March 1, 2019

Blog Tour :: Review: A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden {Blog Tour + Giveaway}

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A Desperate Hope

(Empire State #3)

By Elizabeth Camden

Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. 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.

My Thoughts

I was reminded yet again that Ms. Camden knows her way around a well-researched historical novel! I love all the details that she always includes in her stories! This one made me grin so many times, swoon a few others, and fall in love with the characters. Eloise is my new favorite! Her fierce determination is a sight to behold. I enjoyed watching as she confidently handled every situation before her, except for Alex. Ah, that Alex! They certainly have a history they are unable to avoid, no matter how much Eloise might wish to. I loved the way they grew into their relationship this time around and pushed each other to become the best versions of themselves. The time apart allowed for the necessary growth, so that now they are much more prepared to solidly be in each other's corner, no matter what. You know, once they both figure out how perfect they are for each other. ;)

The historical aspects definitely intrigued me! Ms. Camden does so well at picking little known stories from long years ago and giving them new life. The glimpses into this time in history were utterly fascinating to me! To imagine actually having to make the choices Alex and Eloise did and then to plan such a huge expedition! Just wow. SO much fun to see what Ms. Camden did with just a little information from which she grew this wonderful story.

Overall, this has a bit of romance, a lot of fascinating history, and just a whole lot of fun between all the characters! I thoroughly enjoyed my foray into this series and look forward to going back to read the previous books. Since this read more as a stand alone, I was happily able to dive in without knowing all the background stories from the previous two books. Happy reader was I! :) Definitely recommend this one if you enjoy historical novels with a lot of sweetness.

**I received a complimentary copy from the author. All opinions expressed are my own.

Other Books in the Series

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of twelve historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida.

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Tour Giveaway

One Grand Prize winner will receive print copies of all three books in the Empire State series: A Dangerous Legacy, A Daring Venture, and A Desperate Hope
Two additional winners will receive a print copy of A Desperate Hope
- US only
- Ends March 1, 2019

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