Beyond All Dreams  -     By: Elizabeth Camden
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Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but 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 until his promising career became 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 entanglement with a member 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 themselves?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764211757
ISBN-13: 9780764211751
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"...[a] captivating, emotionally charged journey through America's past."--Publishers Weekly starred review on With Every Breath


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?

Author Bio

Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. 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. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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  1. Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fun historical romance to read with good character development
    April 30, 2015
    Gazpacho
    Clare, MI
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A peek into the history of the Library of Congress, a mysteriously inaccurate naval document that no one would discuss, a particularly persistent librarian, timid but with fire in her blood, an annoyingly arrogant congressman from Maine, and the circumstances that precipitated the Spanish American War are all ingredients that make this book a fascinating read. Add a generous amount of romance and the book becomes irresistible.

    Anna O'Brian was one of only a handful of female librarians allowed to work at the Washington D.C. location of the Library of Congress in the late nineteenth century. For her, it was a dream come true. Anna's responsibilities were to care for the library's maps and to conduct research for congressmen. Occasionally librarians even provided expert advice and testimony for congressional committees as well as for individuals. It was her attention to detail and her persistence that made her an excellent researcher. It also got her into trouble with the US Navy when she noticed an error in the reports of an incident that occurred 15 years ago. It also happened to be the same incident in which her father, a cartographer, disappeared with the ship he was sailing on. There was a definite mystery and she wanted it solved.

    Anna's retiring yet understated fire also caught the eye of Lucas Callahan, a fairly new congressman from Maine. His youth, energy and brashness were all the talk of the town. His rivalry with the Speaker of the House got him removed from the US Budget Committee and reassigned to the committee on Fisheries. Their former war of words had hiked up a notch. But under all his fuss and blunder was a man with principles, who understood the hard-working laborers, the every day man, because his own roots were from the lumber industry. His family's newly gained wealth was only a thin veneer that barely covered a darkness he wanted very much to escape. When he met Anna, he discovered her naturally placid nature brought a peace and calm to his turbulent one. But getting Anna to accept his suit was a challenge. It was not until he became entangled in her mystery document and the affairs of the Navy that she realized how serious he was. The truth behind the mystery had the potential to either drive them apart forever or weld them together.

    What I enjoyed most about this charming historical fiction was the author's use of wit and humor. Because of her nature, Anna just could not refrain from delivering a not-so-gentle reprimand to the presumptuous congressman who attempted to summon her services and expertise by snapping his fingers. Later, when he began to pursue her with the idea of courtship, she couldn't imagine why. She described herself as a "short, ordinary girl who had a voice like sandpaper and the habits of a hermit crab." Luke himself described her as his opposite. "She never did anything impulsively and liked the safety of her map room in the attic of the Capitol. She hid up in that room like a princess in a castle tower, surrounded by a fortress of books and maps."

    Some of the historical events in the book are based on actual occurrences. The author created a personal link to the tragic loss of life in the event that eventually helped to fuel the flame of American sentiment against Spain--the link that lead to the Spanish American War. Anna's father lost his life in that tragic event, creating an inner conflict between her desires to avoid war and the loss of more lives and revenge for such a loss in her young life. I was touched by the author's empathetic writing. Many readers today will be able to relate to such a conflict.

    The author wasn't heavy-handed with spiritual lessons learned during a character's development, but it was there, nevertheless. One doesn't have to talk about God's work to know His Presence is evident through their thoughts and actions. Each of the people we grow to love in this book had to face basic personal challenges. Not only did God meet them in their growing pains, He used other characters to assist in bringing them to maturity faster, much like a jeweler chips away the dross to find the diamond inside. I enjoyed how the author made this happen with every interaction between Luke and Anna.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Opposites Attract
    April 15, 2015
    Jo Huddleston
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This historical romance is set in Washington, D.C. in the late 1800s. The story is about Anna OBrien and Luke Callahan, opposites in all aspects. Anna is content to hide away in the Library of Congress and fulfill her position in the map room while Luke is the arrogant politician. But quiet Anna and flamboyant Luke find an attraction to one another long before admitting it to each other. Families, secrets, and the general political atmosphere of their city make for a bumpy ride for them as a couplehurdles they must meet head on and overcome if they are to have a life together. Great characterizations and setting descriptions. Elizabeth Camden spins a yarn that holds the reader through the last page.
  3. Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery, history and love
    April 3, 2015
    Marilyn
    Coral Springs, FL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Anna O'Brien loves her orderly life. She is a map librarian for the Library of Congress. Anna has overcome some hardships and is a stronger person for it, yet she likes being in the background. When Luke Callahan needs her assistance and shows interest in her, she is not willing to jeopardize her job for his flirtations. When mystery and the navy try to shut down every question she has about the ship her father was on, she has no one else to turn to but Luke. Can they solve this mystery and keep their feelings in check?

    Luke Callahan has finally found a place in politics, despite his upbringing. When Anna suddenly enters his life he is afraid he will never be the same. Can he keep his temper in check or is he doomed to be like his father? Will he be able to prove to Anna his love and truthfulness? When his role in politics changes can he maintain his true honest character or is more required of him?

    I loved the characters in this novel. Their personalities, problems and dialogue are great. There is enough mystery, romance and history to keep you interested. If you enjoy readying that type of book you will love this one. I was given a copy of this novel by bookfun.org for my honest opinion.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beyond All Dreams
    March 30, 2015
    LKH75
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Beyond All Dreams - eBook.
    I found this book very captivating. I was eager to read more to learn about both main characters and their quest for the truth. I agree with the previous comments, it is very refreshing to read about characters who aren't perfect and yet find a common interest. I look forward to reading many more book by Elizabeth Camden. Keep up the great work!
  5. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Read
    March 5, 2015
    Nica
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    This book was so unusual and wonderful. I am loving all of the books that I keep reading by Elizabeth Camden. The characters in this book are interesting and likeable-however, they aren't perfect. She does a good job of making the characters relatable in their strengths and weaknesses. The book is funny but has a seriousness to it as well. It keeps your interest and you don't want to stop reading. Anna and Luke are the main characters and their relationship is an entertaining one. Anna is a librarian and wants to solve the mystery of her father who disappeared at sea. Luke is a congressman who has had some setbacks but they need each other to accomplish their goals. But not everyone wants to see them succeed which presents suspense and intrigue as the mystery surrounding her father is one that many are trying to keep buried.

    I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

    I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.
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