This second book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden follows Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the job of secretary to a somewhat difficult First Lady, Ida McKinley. Ms. Camden takes us behind the scenes of the White House and its workings. Not only does Caroline have to juggle her consuming responsibilities with some political intrigue involving one of her brothers, but she has to weigh her feelings for the head of security, Nathaniel Trask.
Nathaniel has a lot on his shoulders protecting the President of the United States and he must not let the distraction of Caroline jeopardize his mission. Yet they can’t deny that they rely on one another for support in their respective jobs. When things look bleak, Caroline counsels Nathaniel: “You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven. You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you have given yourself. None of us are perfect. We stumble and fall and make mistakes time and again, but we can’t wallow in failure. Someday we have to accept God’s grace to stand up and try again.”
The cover of this novel is sumptuous and intriguing, for you can glimpse the profile of brother Gray in the mirror. I have seen the cover for the third book Prince of Spies and that cover also fits perfectly. I cannot wait for the story of twin brother, Luke.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this book 5 stars. It has a strong faith thread.
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Back Cover Blurb:
Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.
Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately attracted to Caroline's quick wit and undeniable charm, but his job leaves no room for distractions. Anarchist plots have led to mounting threats against the president, forcing him to put duty before his growing love for Caroline.
Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel face danger and heartbreak that shakes them to their core and tests all they know about love and sacrifice.
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