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A Desperate Hope
(Empire State #3)
By Elizabeth Camden
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she’s now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.
Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town–but he needs Eloise’s help to succeed.
Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.
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I’ve been looking forward to A Desperate Hope since I finished reading A Daring Venture. The premise of a town caught underneath the proposed drinking water reservoir and its fate intrigued me from the start. One of the things I love about Elizabeth’s books is her ability to take a historical even and weave a fictional story around it and A Desperate Hope fulfills all I’ve come to expect of her stories.
I read it in one sitting.
Each page made me want to read another. And another. And another. I liked all of the characters; the good, the bad, the questionable. While there were many to keep track of, it didn’t get overwhelming and kept me on my toes wondering how each would fit into the final moments of the plot. I had an inkling about how the ending might go, but I outright gasped at the plot twist.
I appreciate Alex’s devotion and his eternal optimism reminded me of hubs, so I could help but loving Alex as well. The way he drew Eloise out of her shell, made her believe in herself, and helped her grasp a far fetched dream was swoonworthy. He wasn’t all talk either- he rolled up his sleeves and worked hard to make it happen.
Eloise understandably struggled with her self worth and I could relate on many levels (but not the instant head math!). I admire her courage to step out in a strange new world after a tough isolated childhood and succeed in a men’s profession when many at that time would cheer for her failure. I understand her need for safety and predictable. I’m the same way.
As I’ve seen in my own life, these opposite personalities create moments of friction and frustration. Even more importantly they create moments of growth and compromise that, if weathered well, bring a couple closer together.
I encourage you to read A Desperate Hope not only for the mystery but to get to know an entire town you’re sure to love.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Camden is the author of twelve historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master’s in history and a master’s in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida.
– One Grand Prize winner will receive print copies of all three books in the Empire State series: A Dangerous Legacy, A Daring Venture, and A Desperate Hope
– Two additional winners will receive a print copy of A Desperate Hope– US only- Ends March 1, 2019