Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley

What an interesting story! The plot in this novel drew me into the pages of the story immediately. The book begins in Washington, D.C. and the year is 1897. Anna O’Brien, a map librarian working at the Library of Congress, is given an unusual task as punishment for interfering in naval business. She is assigned to work with Luke Callahan, a prominent young Senator from Maine who also happens to be an outspoken opponent of the Library of Congress.

Anna’s life is devoted to the library and she feels personally offended at Luke’s criticism of the institution. Luke feels an instant attraction to the young woman assigned to help him with his research and has a hard time hiding it. Anna wants to do her job and spend her free time with her best friend, Neville Bernhard, but Luke seems to turn her up constantly in places she least expects him. As Anna strives to maintain the world she has created for herself and get answers regarding the death of her father, she finds an unlikely ally in Luke.

The characters are engaging and have depth to them. The storyline follows an actual historical event involving a naval ship, the country of Cuba, and the United States. Ms. Camden does a great job of incorporating her knowledge and love of library science into the novel. The historical components of the book are very detailed and interesting. The mystery and “opposites attract” romance blend well with the historical part of the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and romance. A very interesting and fun story set during an interesting time!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.



Filed under Book Reviews, Historical Fiction, Romance

3 responses to “Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

  1. This is another book that is waiting for me on my kindle. I love Camden’s novels (she’s yet to disappoint!) and the way she blends an interesting story with historical detail. I’m looking forward to this one!


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