Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (review by Kristi)

Beyond All Dreams

From Goodreads: 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?

My review: This sweet but sometimes rocky romance is set in the US Capitol during the late 1800’s. The characters were instantly likable and I felt as if I known them forever. I liked that there was an instant attraction but it wasn’t a strong one and that the main female character was independent and could take care of herself. I also enjoyed the fact there was a natural progression to the relationship between the two main characters. Nothing felt forced or rushed but as just in real life there are ups and downs and rough patches in relationships.

This story was easy to read. I was hooked by the end of page one and couldn’t put the book down. Elizabeth Camden was a new-to-me author and I will definitely be looking for more of her books to read.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

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