Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

The Synopsis:

beyond-all-dreamsSweeping and Romantic Historical Drama from an Award-Winning Author
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?

Review:

Another fabulous novel by Elizabeth Camden! Her writing style and characters had me just as avid a fan as I was of Into the Whirlwind! The way Camden words her story draws you in and lets you connect with all of the characters. The plot was very intriguing and I loved uncovering all of the small mysteries with Luke and Anna.

I did find the characters to be almost identical, in way of personalities, as the characters from Into the Whirlwind. Though there were a little differences here and there, I think that if she were to swap names with the other book (Zack and Molly), it would go equally as well for both books. It would be nice to read some diversity in personality types, but I loved both books so this is not necessarily negative!

The main reason that this book was unique from other books that I’ve read, is that the characters actually communicated when they misunderstood something! In most historical romance novels, something will be misunderstood and the characters will fight until either someone else reveals the true meaning, or something terrible happens (If you’re familiar with historical fiction, you know the routine.). But not so in this! The characters developed a really good habit of communicating through their differences, they still disagreed, but it was a much more refreshing read!

I rate Beyond All Dreams 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves Historical romance/fiction!

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West {Audiobook} by Lizzy Ford

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I received this audiobook from AudioBookWorm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

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The Synopsis:

WestIf you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers “yes” to the question on a survey while visiting the Old West tourist town of Tombstone. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history, and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands over the next century, by convincing the man responsible for kindling the war between settlers and natives to stay home on the day he’s supposed to start the war.

But someone is hunting down time travelers and killing them. Three other women have been sent back to the same time period with Josie’s mission. When she stumbles upon what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the person who’s there to stop her from changing history, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her – to save her from the mysterious man who sent her back in time to start with.

Review:

Riveting and exciting, West is a fast paced novel that wastes no time pulling the reader in and whisking them away from reality and into the wild west with some twists. For fans of Dr. Who, this one is for you!

First, the way this is written is absolutely perfect! There is not a wasted word in any sentence and the story progresses at a good fast speed, so there weren’t any lagging spots. I loved the character development and the parts each of them had to play, it was just a very well plotted novel.

I do have to mention that there is some crude language, including the use of the f-word, as well as many sexual comments/thoughts, and even a fairly long sex scene. Which is unfortunate because aside from this, I fell in love with the story.

So, I am only going to be able to give West 3.5 stars out of 5 (3 stars on sites that don’t offer halves).

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3.5

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About the Author: Lizzy Ford

Photo_LizzyI breathe stories. I dream them. If it were possible, I’d eat them, too. (I’m pretty sure they’d taste like cotton candy.) I can’t escape them – they’re everywhere! Which is why I write! I was born to bring the crazy worlds and people in my mind to life, and I love sharing them with as many people as I can.

I’m also the bestselling, award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over sixty titles and counting. I write speculative fiction in multiple subgenres of romance and fantasy, contemporary fiction, books for both teens and adults, and just about anything else I feel like writing. If I can imagine it, I can write it!

I live in the desert of southern Arizona with a pack of spoiled dogs and Tubbs, the Godfather cat who rules them all.

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About the Narrator: Lillian Yves

Photo_narratorLillian Yves grew up in Oklahoma, went to school in NYC and now lives in Southern California. She considers herself from the East, West and somewhere in the middle. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC for Musical Theater. She adores acting and performing so much that she teaches an after school program for the local school system. She got her start working in audio books when she narrated her own novel, Yonder- A Southern Haunting and shortly after the release of Yonder she was contacted by Warren Adler (The War of the Roses) to narrate two novels for him and after entering the world of narration, she has never looked back. She performs on most weekends and does play readings through out the Los Angeles area. Her main hobbies include her husband and her cats. She loves to hear from listeners.

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