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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.
Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.
From Author Website
Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden is the first book in her new series, about the Blackstone Legacy. Gwen Kellerman is a Blackstone who wants to live her widowed life in peace. That isn’t a possibility because lawyer Patrick O’Neil’s client aims to dredge up the past in his memoir.
Gwen is a unique character. She’s both strong and timid. She has a fearless streak and yet desires protection. Patrick is the perfect counterbalance to her in that he is strong—an ex-prizefighter—and someone determined to stand up for those less fortunate. I liked Patrick’s character and while he can seem kind of perfect, Gwen calls him on those areas where perfect actually isn’t as perfect as it seems.
The mystery part of the story is a twisty one. Add in the scientific facts and historical facets and it makes for an excellent read. Now I can’t wait to read book two!
I received a complimentary copy of this book 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 FTC guidelines.
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