With a stunning cover and a cast of colorful, multi-layered characters, this book swept me away to Washington, D.C. in 1900 and right into President McKinley’s administration. Caroline Delacroix is a courageous, independent, assertive heroine who also happens to be the secretary to First Lady Ida McKinley. When the new head of the president’s Secret Service team arrives, sparks fly. Nathaniel Trask is dedicated, job-oriented, and straight-forward as he devotes himself to making sure President McKinley is safe at all times. Can a relationship develop between these two?
Elizabeth Camden’s attention to historical detail and masterful character creation, as well as her intricate plot development, make this an intriguing, powerful look at this slice of American history. I love learning more about history while reading an absorbing story.
This is the second book in Camden’s Hope and Glory series and can be read alone, but do yourself a favor and read book one, The Spice King, first. I’m enjoying this series so much, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book about Caroline’s twin brother, Luke. Bound for my keeper shelf, this will easily be on my list of favorite books for the year.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.
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Back Cover Blurb:
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.
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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