Elizabeth CamdenBethany House / 2021 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$10.994.5 out of 5 stars for Carved in Stone #1. View reviews of this product. 36 Reviews
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Lisa4 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyable readDecember 16, 2021LisaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4I am a longtime fan of Elizabeth Camden and have been reading her books for years. I love how she takes a historic theme and weaves it through the book such as the use of botany and research experiments for medicinal purposes. I enjoy feeling like I'm learning about an unknown topic without it turning into a history lesson.
Carved in Stone also measures up in that regard of teaching about history like her other books which I enjoyed. However, I had a harder time identifying with the heroine, Gwen, then in previous books. Her treatment of a mistress is just too naive even at the end where she has grown and gotten better at standing up for herself. I also felt like she was so different from the rest of the members of the Blackstone family who were not too endearing that it almost seemed unrealistic.
The book's charm lies in the main hero, Patrick, who is very likable and an Irish scrapper working as a lawyer. The two differences in class sort of remind me of a little bit of Far and Away where the heroine comes from a higher class than the hero. I expected the clash of economics but there's mixed chemistry with this couple.
Liam is another likable character despite being somewhat rough around the edges. I came to find his story to be at times more interesting than the main two characters getting together. I came to appreciate his honesty and telling things like they are.
Overall, Carved in Stone is an enjoyable read and I love the depth of research going into historical themes like banking etc. I also appreciated the author's research of Catholicism the mention of rosary beads and ways that a character expressed their Catholic faith did not bother me. I think that some of the reviews from evangelicals that are so anti-Catholic are unfounded. This was merely part of character development and showing faith expression especially for an Irish, ex-priest. I am also really looking forward to the next story about Natalia and the Russian count so this story, while not as strong as some of the other books, is a good read and really sets up a good cliffhanger for the next story!
MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great new seriesNovember 13, 2021MarilynCoral Springs, FLAge: 35-44Gender: femaleThis is book one in the Blackstone Legacy series, so what a great place to start. I enjoyed getting to know different characters in this series and some I discovered I am not to fond of, yet I am curious if that will change as more books come about.
Gwen Kellerman has a great personality and comes from wealth even though she sometimes does not realize how fortunate she has it. She is not your typical wealthy widow. Patrick O'Neill is the handsome lawyer who has overcome some hardships to even become a lawyer, He likes to defend the less fortunate. When Gwen and Patrick meet the sparks start to fly. There is mystery, drama, historical romance and more woven together to make a wonderful story.
I was given a copy of this book for my honest opinion.
ReviewsByErin3 Stars Out Of 5Gilded Age romanceNovember 9, 2021ReviewsByErinQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Elizabeth Camden's new Blackstone Legacy series opens with Carved in Stone, featuring bohemian heiress Gwen Blackstone Kellerman seeking to save the college her father founded years earlier. The college means everything to Gwen, having lost her faithless husband, her parents, and even the brother who was kidnapped before she was born.
Patrick O'Neill's life was saved by his Catholic faith, but after studying to enter the priesthood, he backed out at the last minute and became a lawyer instead. Helping the downtrodden is his salient goal. When his latest case takes him up against the powerful Blackstone family, he's unprepared for what they'll offer him in order to turn him away from his client.
Normally I would say Camden's historical settings are one of the main attractions for her novels, but I never felt fully immersed here. While I was intrigued by the characters, especially Patrick, I didn't feel like I fully understood their range of desires and motivations. I found myself wishing for a third point of view character, one whose life and circumstances took up a great amount of time and attention. Perhaps his story is coming later in the series.
Though I was disappointed with aspects of the story, I was never bored with it. I still found it interesting and enjoyable. Some readers might take issue with a staunchly Catholic character, but it was clear that Patrick's faith was genuine, if different than many readers of Christian fiction may practice. I look forward to more from this author in the future.
I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own.
Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good Start To A New Series!September 30, 2021Melmo2610Buffalo MOAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a fun start to the Blackstone Legacy series! The mystery was very good and sets up the series very well. The ending was adorable and funny and my favorite part of the story. There are wonderful characters in the series and they promise to make the rest of the series just as good as the first one. I am looking forward to the rest of the series!
I received this book as a member of the launch team and purchased the Audible version. The Audible version is superb with fantastic narration. Very pleased with my purchase.
Melissa D.5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing first book in the new Blackstone Legacy series!September 30, 2021Melissa D.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Elizabeth Camden is definitely a favorite author! She seamlessly weaves interesting historical facts with swoon worthy romance and mystery. Carved in Stone is an amazing first book in her newest series The Blackstone Legacy.
The setting is early 1900s New York. Scrappy Irish lawyer Patrick ONeill is defending a man who is trying to take down the wealthy banking Blackstone family. Gwen Kellerman is the granddaughter of the head of the Blackstone family. Her main desire after the death of her husband is to study botany and continue the funding for the college that her father worked so hard to fund. These two people from two very different worlds will meet and work together to solve a decades old mystery. Full of twists and turns and plenty of romance, this book definitely kept me turning the pages.
*He would slay every dragon in her world if it would make her feel better.* I loved this quote from the book because it definitely sums up Patricks love for Gwen. Patrick is a fierce defender of the little guy, loves his aged mother, and is immediately smitten with Gwen. I loved Gwen! She is kind, beautiful, intelligent, and does not let her wealth or family prevent her from caring for those people and causes she loves. Theirs is a forbidden romance that will require a lot of work to overcome the obstacles ahead. The side characters also drew me in and I am excited to see what happens in the next book in the series!
I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next book in the series! I received a copy of this book from the publisher and JustRead Tours. This review is given freely and my own thoughts and opinions.