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About the Book:
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher Provided
Publication Date: 2015
Genre: Fiction; Historical, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5
Beyond all Dreams by Elizabeth Camden | Book Review
STORY | Anna O’Brien may live a predictable life, but when it comes to her work, she’s fastidious. As a librarian with access to maps, Anna stumbles across the secret of a disappeared ship. With her suspicions, she goes to a prestigious congressmen, Luke Gallagher.
Once a promising politician, Luke’s own secrets cut short his career. Will Anna’s quest for the truth help to put him back on the right track?
REVIEW: Historical details that balance the fictional lives of her characters seems to be Elizabeth Camden’s signature. Her later novels have been set against fascinating historical events or memorable pivots from history and her latest is no different. What she never seems to forget is the importance her characters have to the story. even amidst the scope or awe of the history. There’s a lot to enjoy about this book from Elizabeth.
The characters are equal parts sensible and sassy, and of course, the prose is as well composed as ever. To be honest, I don’t think I like this novel as well prior releases by Camden (With Every Breath, Against the Tide). It could have been merely that distractions played too big a role during the reading of the book or maybe the story didn’t grab me as much. Either way, I’m sure it had nothing to do with the story or characters. Having said that, let’s move on.
Speaking of the protagonists, they are quite the pair. Where Anna is quiet and unassuming, Luke is determined and is always the center of some commotion in congress. Anna is a balm to his shattered soul, and Luke embodies everything Anna doesn’t want from life. . Her character is one many of us will relate to. She enjoys her work among the history and books of the library. She doesn’t need more than that. She’s content until Luke comes along and turns her world topsy-turvy. His determination to sweep her off her feet is definitely not a suit that easily goes away. Their relationship has interesting turns because of this. Smoothing things out doesn’t necessarily last for long in this relationship!
To add to the character dynamics is the politics of the late 1800’s and a mystery surrounding a ship. There’s also a lot of dynamics in the backgrounds of the characters. What I liked most was not the romance, but some of the twists the story took. Certain outcomes were not what I’d anticipated and it worked to the benefit of the book.
Beyond All Dreams is any historical fiction addict’s dream. It’s a charming story and doesn’t shy away from packing in historical tidbits without lessening the impact of the story. That’s one of the reasons I adore Elizabeth’s writing. She has the balance down to a science and her years honing her skills as an author show that.
Sincere thanks to Bethany House for a complimentary copy of this review copy.