by Elizabeth Camden
Historical Romance / Inspirational
Release Date: June 2011
When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.
But time has changed them both.
Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.
Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts–and lives–hang in the balance?
I’m sorry, team… but I didn’t make it through this one. *sigh*
There wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the characters, or plot, or setting… in fact, the time period seemed well-researched, and the dialogue and characters authentic.
My problem? I just didn’t care. I got bored… it felt, well, bland. There was nothing about this story that set it apart from other historical romances for me, so by the time I got halfway through the story, I realized that I’d rather do just about anything than continue reading, and that I was probably the wrong target audience for this novel.
So I’ll say this: If you like historical romances that are traditional, with typical characters and black-and-white issues of right & wrong, this book is probably for you. I can think of a number of church library patrons who would enjoy this story, and I’ll recommend the book to them. It feels “safe”, if that makes any sense, and that’s not really the kind of inspirational fiction I enjoy.
To be fair to the author, I recommend that if this is in your reading genre of choice, head to this page and read an excerpt from the novel. See if it’s something you’d enjoy before giving it a complete pass. It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is a debut novel, and I imagine Camden’s writing and ability to develop complex characters and plot will only improve with each book.
About the Author
A research librarian and associate professor,Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Orlando, Florida. Visit her website at ElizabethCamden.com
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.