Book Reviews

Book Review: Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden

After years of tragedy, Gwen Kellerman now lives a quiet life as a botanist at an idyllic New York college. She largely ignores her status as heiress to the infamous Blackstone dynasty and hopes to keep her family’s heartbreak and scandal behind her.

Patrick O’Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He’s proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case that is sure to emphasize the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.

Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction and growing danger, Patrick and Gwen will be forced to decide if the risk to the life they’ve always held dear is worth the reward.

My Thoughts:
Camden is gifted at creating compelling stories. From the opening page, I was drawn into their world and eager to see how it would all end for them.
My one complaint was that the only real religious content was from a Catholic character, which included Catholic prayers to Mary.
But I loved the chemistry between Patrick and Gwen. And I especially loved Liam. He was so rough around the edges. I really hope he gets his own story later.
If you haven’t read a Camden novel yet, then you’re in for a real historical treat. She’s entertaining while also keeping a steady hand on history, but not in a tedious way. It’d be hard not to learn something new or to leave without falling in love with the characters she creates.

Rating and Recommendations: I’m giving it 5 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Historical Romance

~ I received a copy from Bethany House. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one. All thoughts are my own.

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