Thursday, 12 February 2015

Book Review: Beyond All Dreams

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From the Back:

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, 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 before his promising career was 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 entanglements with members 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 their futures
My Reflections:
Beyond all Dreams is another winner form Elizabeth Camden! A wonderfully penned story centering on the struggles women had in the 1890's. Women fighting for what they believed in, at time when the Spanish- American relations were teetering on the brink of disaster. I so enjoyed the historical aspect of this story, it is a rare ability to be able to write with such clarity and keep the fictional aspect of the story engaging, and even adding humour to the mix.

Anna O'Brien the heroine of this story is an orphan. She has been reared by her aunt and uncle after her father was killed on the Culpepper during a fierce hurricane.
Anna finds satisfaction working in the map room, but one day in her usual duties she discovers an error on the reporting of the very ship her father was on when he died. Can she find the answers to her questions? who can she trust? with these startling discoveries Anna remains rooted in the past, will she ever be set free to life out the rest of her days in peace?

Luke Callahan is quite taken with quiet shy Anna, is it because he can see the pain that hides behind her eyes, and recognizes the hurt he also carries? Can this self assured congressman possibly attract  Anna?

Beyond All Dreams is a fetching, romantic historical fiction you will absolutely love to sink into. Perhaps this will be a cozy way to spend your valentines day? Fabulous!

I received this book free of charge from Graf Martin Communications in exchange for my honest review.
Thank you Graf Martin!


  1. Elizabeth Camden
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    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day...
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