A Desperate Hope

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden is the third book in the Empire State series.  I love reading Camden’s works because she always has the most unique plots that teach you about forgotten pieces of history as they entertain you.

The focus of this novel is on the fictional town of Duval Springs in upstate New York.  The state of New York has declared that the town needs to be torn down in order to create large water reservoirs for the larger cities south of Duval Springs.  The people of the town are understandably upset, as their entire lives are about to be uprooted for the sake of the government and strangers in large cities.

Eloise Drake grew up outside Duval Springs, but always with an interest as to what was going on in the town.  Now that she’s grown up and mistakes of her youth drove her away from her hometown, she is proud to be an accountant for the state of New York.  When her job requires she access the value of property in the town of Duval Springs so that its inhabitants can be fairly compensated by the state, she wishes anyone else could go.  She has no desire to uproot the new life she’s just begun in New York city.

Alex Duval, mayor of the town of Duval Springs, plans to fight the demolition of his home town with everything in him.  What he doesn’t expect is to be fighting the flame of his adolescence, Eloise, after their relationship was abruptly broken up 12 years ago.

I adored and consumed this novel.  Within 24 hours I had discovered it was available for me if I chose to review it, downloaded it, and read it.  I love Camden’s works; I love that when I read her writing I’m always learning something unique and new, and my vocabulary is expanding.  I love the characters she creates and the cozy settings I’d never have found myself in otherwise when reading them.  I definitely recommend this book–and it works just fine as a stand-alone–and would recommend checking out other books by this author as well.

Thank you to Bethany House and Net Galley for providing me with an electronic copy of this book to read and review.  All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.

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