Sunday, April 03, 2016
Book Review: Beyond All Dreams
My thoughts: Beyond All Dreams was another good read from Elizabeth Camden. I always appreciate the amount of historical detail that goes into her books...she must do an immense amount of research for each one. She also comes up with such original settings and themes, which I find really interesting and refreshing, considering how so many inspirational novels seem to be rather redundant these days. Once again in this book, she has created two likable, flawed main characters in Luke and Anna. They were total opposites, but perfect for each other. Each has lived through a difficult and painful past in their own ways, but emerged stronger for it. This book was based on historical events leading up to the Spanish-American War, a period of history that I wasn't really familiar with. It was neat that I finished reading it in January, and in February the kids and I covered the same time period in our homeschool history studies! I also liked the fact that Luke was from Maine, and a little bit of the story took place there. Several of Elizabeth Camden's other books have been set in (or partially in) New England, which I enjoy since I'm a New Englander. :) While Beyond All Dreams wasn't my favorite of her novels (Against the Tide still holds that place, I think!), I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical fiction with a bit of good clean romance.
**Thanks to Bethany House for the free review copy. I was not required to give a positive review, and all opinions expressed are my own.
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