All it took was one look at the handsome man on the cover of The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden and I knew I had to read this story! Publishers, we need more men on book covers!
about the book
The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.
As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.
Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?
Camden gives readers a captivating glimpse into a few of the many cogs and wheels of our nation’s capital, both private and public, at the turn of the last century. Unexpected intrigue and a touch of Pride and Prejudice inspiration drew me into the story and I eagerly consumed each page!
Tall, dark, and handsome, strong and silent, wealthy and brooding… Gray Delacroix is all these things yet so much more. Getting to know this hero was a pleasure as he finally slowed down long enough to truly examine his priorities in life. Sweet Annabelle Larkin is a breath of fresh air with enough firey determination to chase away any storm cloud. She is a delightful heroine who makes tough choices and longs to impact the world in a positive way.
First in the new Hope and Glory series, The Spice King is loaded with all the things I most love about historical fiction including fascinating historical details of individuals, organizations, places, and culture. I highly recommend this story and eagerly anticipate revisiting the Delacroix family in future installments!
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 a research librarian at a small college in central Florida.
Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books.
Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.
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