Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Review: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams
by Elizabeth Camden 
Adult Christian Inspirational 
Asked to Review
Average Goodreads Rating: 4.30 
Published by: Bethany House Publishers 
Published on: December 15, 2014
Pages: 368

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

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? 


My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have loved some books by this author and then had mixed feelings about some others. Naturally, I was curious to see what I thought of this one.

I loved several aspects about this novel and other aspects drove me nuts. I'll start with the things that I liked. 

I loved the characters and thought that they were very well developed. They seemed like real people. Both were flawed characters that definitely weren't perfect, and yet they were striving to put their flaws behind them.  I loved how they complemented, challenged, and helped each grow. 

I loved that the novel was set to the backdrop of the Library of Congress. That was fascinating. 

Also, another part I enjoyed was how real the novel felt. The relationship didn't feel forced. 

Things I didn't like. I thought the characters made some really stupid mistakes. It left me so frustrated. They kept throwing away their chance at happiness or just being stupid. 

Other than that, I really enjoyed the novel. 

So why 4 stars? It stood out from other novels. I enjoyed the characters, the plot, and the writing. 

Warnings/Side-notes: Some tame references to violence. 

The Wrap-up: The perfect novel for fans of romance, historical fiction, or Christian fiction. An intriguing read. 

Love,

Danica Page

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