June 2017 Mini Reviews

Today I’m going to be reviewing six lovely books. Most of them are historical romances. Okay, all but one are historical romances. *hides* Sorry, guys … I tend to stick to one genre most of the time. And then get behind reviewing them because I read them for pleasure, not for review. *shrugs*

On other news, I’ve moved my schedule to Monday and Thursday instead of Tuesday and Thursday. I think this will be better because it spreads the posts out somewhat (and give us a bit of variety, as reviews are going to be only on Monday except when I can’t help it for whatever reason).

I’m going to try to post more fun stuff over the summer. Sorry for all the dull reviews! I have about twenty-five books that need to be reviewed at this point – some of which I’ve read, some of which I haven’t.

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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Title: Beyond All Dreams

Author: Elizabeth Camden (http://elizabethcamden.com/)

Series: n/a

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Age-Range: Young Adult/Adult

Era: 1890s

Setting: Washington D.C., USA

Publisher: Bethany House

Source: library

Rating: 4/5 stars. Although it was a great book, I find I couldn’t get into the era as deeply as I would have liked to, and I sometimes found the characters confusing.

Content: 2/5, parental guidance suggested for preteens. A minor character in the book had a child out of wedlock, no details, as the result of an affair, again no details. This is not treated as ok, and it’s barely mentioned. Some attraction and a couple kisses (no details) between Luke and Anna (which also felt unbelievable to me, given the time period … but whatever … let them kiss … I’ll just turn the other … eye away … because for some reason I was only reading with one eye and … I’ll stop now). Mentions of drinking and smoking. Luke’s father was sometimes abusive when he was drunk.

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

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Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but 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 until his promising career became 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 entanglement with a member 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 themselves?

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