about the book
A Desperate Hope
(Empire State #3)
By Elizabeth Camden
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor 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.
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“Alex Duval’s first hint of trouble was when Eloise failed to appear at their hideaway.”
This story will resonate with those of us who call big-hearted small towns “home” as well as anyone who loves to cheer for the underdog. Camden skillfully crafts complex characters into a rich story of history, romance, mystery, and suspense.
Eloise has a painful backstory which enables her to achieve professional success yet leaves her feeling insecure and unmoored. Her excessive logic and cool-headed thinking manufactured her routine like an OCD security blanket.
Alex is a former soldier turned small-town mayor. He’s the equivalent of the captain of a sinking ship. I have to admire Alex’s optimism and enthusiastic determination to save his hometown (and his first love) by whatever means necessary.
The fictional town of Duval Springs may very well be my favorite character in this story and I have no doubt that its dedicated citizens would wholeheartedly agree. A Desperate Hope is an engaging and entertaining story and I’ll definitely be hunting down the other books in the series!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review. The opinions expressed are my own.
about the author
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 research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night.
She lives with her husband in Florida.
Two additional winners will receive a print copy of A Desperate Hope
US only | ends March 1, 2019
I can’t wait to dive into the other two books!
Have y’all traveled to the Empire State, reader friends?