Beyond all Dreams (book review)

Travel back in time to the U.S. Capitol and the Library of Congress in Elizabeth Camden's newest release, Beyond All Dreams.

 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?

About the book:

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Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

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 review:

Lately I've been finding that there's something kind of magical about historical fiction.  It truly has a way of taking you back to the time during which it was written.  Because the story makes reference to true events, it's so easy to think "oh... that's when this was happening" or "oh, she could have been friends with my great grandmother" or "oh, my grandfather was in that war".  It just makes it all that much more real.

Add to that the fact that Elizabeth Camden writes such real characters, you wonder if she's really pulling them from true stories.  Anna O'Brien and Luke Callahan both had such full and colorful backgrounds.  Their could easily be novels written about both of their families.  I can't tell you whether I liked Anna or Luke's character better.  Usually one of the main characters will really pull at me in a novel I'm enjoying.  This time... they both were equally fascinating.  And together?  Well I had butterflies in my stomach each time they were alone together.

And... I've now added the Library of Congress to my list of places I MUST visit.

About the author:

Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. 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. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida.