Monday, February 16, 2015

Book Review: Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

My Thoughts:
I loved that start of this book.  We are quickly drawn into Anna's world and she is quickly pulled into Luke's.

Anna works in the Library of Congress which I think sounds amazing. She's a woman working in what is perceived to be a man's world. Luke was an interesting character to me because he is misunderstood.  Those misperceptions lead to some interesting dynamics and twists and turns.

It got a little slow for me after the first third of the book or so.  I really liked that Anna was passionate about what she did, even during a time when it was frowned upon for her to be working.  I enjoyed that her relationship with Luke started the way it did.

Would I Recommend This Book?
Maybe.  It's not at the top of my to read pile.  It got a little drawn out towards the middle for my taste.  I found myself skimming and jumping around a bit.  Eventually I might go back and reread this.

My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

A Description from the Publisher:
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?

 5 stars= A definite favorite, will be re-read again and again, and permanently placed on my bookshelf.
 4 stars= A pretty good book, one that will be re-read eventually, placed on the bookshelf.
 3 stars= An average to good book, that may or may not be read again, probably has a place in my library.
 2 stars= A not liked book, I wouldn't read it again, and wouldn't have a place in my library.
 1 star = A book I really didn't enjoy, wouldn't read again, would not keep in my library.)

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  I am under no obligation to provide a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.)

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