Author: Elizabeth Camden
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Hope & Glory #2
Release Date: June 2, 2020
Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.
Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline despite his overwhelming attraction to her quick wit and undeniable charm. Desperate to keep the president protected, Nathaniel must battle to keep his focus fully on his job as the threat to the president rises.
Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel will face adventure, danger, and heartbreak in a race against time that will span the continent and the depth of human emotion.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden is the second book in the Hope & Glory series. It gives us a closer look at Caroline Delacroix, sister of Gray (The Spice King, book one) and the twin sister of Luke, still stuck in prison.
One of the reasons I like historical fiction so much is that I know I will always learn something. Elizabeth Camden has managed to take a fictional cast of characters, meld them with real ones (President McKinley's administration) and make it all seem so real that you want to start searching the history books about Caroline Delacroix's relationship with Ida (the President's wife). I know she isn't real, but the author did an excellent job of making me think she was. This book is rich in historical detail and again - very convincing. Kudos to the author!
I loved the behind-the-scenes look at how things might have been run in the White House in the 1900s. And while the romance between Caroline and Nathaniel was moving, I was more curious about the President and his wife, Ida. What a love story! However, Caroline and Nathaniel's story will definitely keep you up at night.
As for the faith element, it was there, but it wasn't central to the plot. And what a plot! So many things are going on, you will be hard-pressed to put this book down.
I look forward to book three!
I received this book courtesy of Bethany House, through NetGalley.
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