Friday, August 2, 2013

Elizabeth Camden

Into the Whirlwind
"Camden entrances readers with vibrantly drawn characters and intriguing plot twists."--BooklistAfter her father's death, Mollie Knox takes over his watchmaking company and uses her head for business to solidify the good name of the 57th Illinois Watch Company. Her future looks bright until the night her beloved city is destroyed in the legendary Great Chicago Fire. With her world crumbling around her, Molly must do whatever it takes to save her company in the aftermath of the devastating fire.

Zack Kazmarek is an influential attorney with powerful ties to the political, mercantile, and ethnic roots of Chicago. His only weakness is Mollie Knox, a woman who has always been just beyond his reach. However, all bets are off after the fire destroys Chicago, and Mollie is in desperate need of assistance. Just as Zack finally begins to pursue the woman he loves, competition arises in the form of a hero from her past who can provide the help she needs to rise from the ashes.

While Mollie struggles to rebuild, the two men battle for her heart. One has always loved her, but the other has the power to save her. In the race to rebuild the city, can she survive with her business and her heart intact?

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1st book by this author didn't meet my expecations
Date:August 17, 2013

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Mollie Knox owns her fathers Watch Company business and has been successful until one of the famous lawyers in the city schedules to meet with her. She had visited his office in the past three years to give report on her company but he's always been very cold and indifferent towards her and her presence. They never had a personal converstation, all their talk was work related. When he desires to see her, she can't hide her alarm. He want to buy her company and gives her very little time to make a decision. Just before the Great Chicago Fire she finds in her father's papers a document that gives her a clue to why he is so persistent in buying out her company. She doens't trust the man. The attorney with a heart made out of stone declares his love for Mollie practically after their first scheduled meeting when he sees her with her hair down. How can she trust him when he wants to buy her company one day and on the second opens up his heart and pours out his feelings for her? He admits that he admired her all these years. I didn't like his behaviour and personality, it's one of the reasons why I only read half way through the book. This book was one of the few that I just couldn't keep reading. Most of the story she's trying to save her watch company and help clear the debris after the fire, and also figure out if she can trust this man for whom she's starting to have feelings too. The plot just drags in the same direction too slowly. I received a free copy of this book from Bethany house for an honest review. I didn't have to finish the book if I didn't like it. This was a first story I read by Elizabeth Camden, and I must honestly admit that I will put off reading her other books for a long time.



The Lady of Bolton Hill
Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing London's poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant and Clara finds him as enigmatic as ever. However, Daniel's success is fueled by resentment from past wounds and Clara's deeply-held beliefs about God's grace force Daniel to confront his own motives. When Clara's very life is endangered by one of Daniel's adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.
The Rose of Winslow Street
The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for decades. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to him long ago. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.

When important documents go missing from the house, Libby suspects Michael is the culprit. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find more layers of mystery surrounding Michael and his family. Despite their rivalry, Libby finds herself developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.

As a decision about the house looms in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing to remain loyal to her family or give her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.
Against the Tide
Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden's Latest Offering

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself--a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.