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.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was 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 entanglements with members 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 their futures?
Beyond All Dreams is set in the months leading up to the Spanish-American war, when the US Navy and the White House are determined to keep secret the true fate of the USS Culpeper. It supposedly sunk off the coast of Bermuda, but no one counted on a map librarian seeking the truth 15 years later. For Anna, it’s a personal cause: her father was on that ship. She’ll do whatever it takes to get at that truth, even though her life might be put in jeopardy because of it. Congressman Callahan is a pacifist, wanting nothing more than for the “lion to lie down with the lamb.” He’s fallen hard for Anna and is willing to help her, but what will it cost him?
This is Elizabeth Camden’s sixth book, and her writing continues to shine. I found it compelling and difficult to put down. There are elements of drama and humor within its pages. The romance sizzles, although some readers may find it a little too heated for their tastes. There are also mentions of domestic abuse, alcoholism, adultery, and other improprieties. Anna and Luke both come from troubled families and, although I disliked them at first, they grew on me. For history fans, it’s a great look at turn-of-the-century Washington DC and the country’s political machine. When revealed, the truth is devastating but I was stunned to learn it was based on actual events.
Thank you to Bethany House and Litfuse Publicity Group for my complimentary review copy of Beyond All Dreams, which I received in exchange for my honest review of it.
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Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)
Publication Date: 06 January 2015
Page Count: 368