Beyond All Dreams is the first book I have encountered by Elizabeth Camden and I am happy to say I really enjoyed it. It is a romantic historical fiction with a twist of mystery and adventure. Many of the books pages are devoted to the growing relationship of the two main characters, and that is always my preference. Author Elizabeth Camden has written a stand-out book that is both interesting and exciting.
From the Back Cover: 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.
There is a wonderful theme of forgiveness laced in the pages of this novel. It is subtle but adds tremendous value to the story. Both Ann and the congressman, Luke Callahan, must come to terms with their past and their present. In a conversation between Luke and Anna far into the story Anna states, “There is no statute of limitations on extending forgiveness.” I found this to be a very powerful statement. It really should be printed on canvas and hung in as many places as possible.
I now count myself as an Elizabeth Camden fan and I look forward to discovering more of her titles. This book is an easy 4 stars, 4.5 truly. It is not your typical romance in that the love story between the characters is believable. The history is intriguing, and the end is delightful.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book by its publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated.