Elizabeth Camden’s historical, romantic fiction is always heavy on the historical side, which is exactly what I love about her books. Set in Washington DC at the turn of the century, “Beyond All Dreams” depicts the controversy over the extravagance that went into the construction of the Library of Congress (one of my favorite places to visit in DC!) and the scheming and maneuvering that defines Congress. This book also focuses on the role of women in the workplace and the particular rules that governed them as employees, giving the reader a great appreciation for how much culture and society have changed in that regard over the past one hundred and some years. Camden’s characters are likeable and real, though if I’m going to compare apples to apples, I have to say that “Beyond All Dreams” doesn’t quite measure up to “Against the Tide”- which is my all-time favorite book by Elizabeth Camden. However; this is still a great read- especially if you’re a fan of history, if you enjoy visiting Washington DC and want to know more about the historical landscape of the city, and if like me, you particularly like your history candy-coated with a fictional story-line.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review 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 Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.