Book Review: Beyond All Dreams

Posted by Katrina Roets at 8:00 AM

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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?

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When I first started reading this book, I didn't have much hope that it was going to grab me and hold onto me to the very end. I think that feeling lasted about two chapters in and then I was hooked! Anna's love of the library and Luke's love of poetry and their respect and love for books and learning...well, they could have been my best friends, I think. Then, there's Anna's best friend who I also completely adored. Honestly, I couldn't get enough of these characters and then, there was the story. While it had some twists that I figured out immediately, the main one kept me guessing right until the end of the book, when the entire truth was revealed. I especially appreciate the research that the author obviously put into the book because seeing familiar historical names and places really set the stage for the entire book. A great historical fiction/romance book and I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Camden's work.

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I received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.
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