Saturday 23 March 2019

Book Review: A Desperate Hope

From The Back:

Eloise Drake's prim demeanour hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.
My reflections:
I adore this authour. I was genuinely looking forward to this novel with keen yearning, however, this one was a disappointment. 
I found I didn't enjoy most aspects of both characters. I absolutely despise numbers and Eloise is in her utter happy place when confronted with spreadsheets, tallying and figures of all kinds... Alex Duval set me off right from the get-go as well. He and Eloise have a tryst as young teenagers and the moral compass of this whole affair is not resolved in any way. He is beaten and sent on his way, but the fact that they had intimate ties is never addressed as a sin. This is supposed to be clean Christian fiction, I feel It is not on that basis. I would have hoped for some kind of mention that he regretted intimacy before wedlock, but no sadly not. There is no mention of it, then as adults, there are inappropriate moments as well. OK so I am not perfect, no one is. I get that, but this is Christian fiction, is it not? Should there not be a standard set?
This alone right off the mark made me go...meh! But being the avid reader I am I tried to look past my character pickiness and delve into the fascination of the polt. It sounded so good. A small town on the brink of destruction by the mighty hand of New York, for the mere need for water storage, it seemed intriguing, and I was hopeful. I did enjoy the small town spunk and the strong emotional pull of the plot, I didn't, however, enjoy the drama of it all. It was too tense. Perhaps I am in a mood and was looking for something a little more sedate, as my life is drama city right now, but on these facts alone I just could not sink my heart into this novel as hard as I tried. 
If you are looking for a drama, love numbers can overlook Biblical truths that you may find this book to your satisfaction. I am looking forward to Camden's next novel as I truly do love this authour!
Elizabeth Camden
Elizabeth Camden ( is the author of twelve historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a...
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