Adventure Between the Pages: Beyond All Dreams

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Description: Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.  Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.  Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress. From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for themselves?

For someone who is a booklover, who enjoyed politics, and has been to DC, this book was a dream come true. Seriously, could the setting have been any more perfect for me? I think not.
I loved Anna from page one to the very end, but then, Camden is the queen of characters as far as I am concerned. Luke is also someone who feels so real and so perfect for Anna. Their strengths, weaknesses, fears, and foes were all so real. They were both flawed yet so wonderful.

Although I loved the story and the characters, I have to admit I felt that the spiritual message was a bit weaker in the book than it was in the others. The whole story was good, be not as strong as Into the Whirlwind or Against the Tide. This did not keep me from enjoying it immensely. There were also a couple of places where some crude/indelicate references were made, but those were made about people who were married.

The setting was by far my favorite part of the book. Having had the privilege of traveling to Washington, DC a couple of years ago, I was able to really see the places she described. I felt as if I was revisiting this historic city. I also agree with Luke, the Library of Congress is gaudy, and less money should have been spent on it.

The political side of things was intriguing to me, as I have worked at my state capitol and find political history very interesting. Although many events were fictional, they felt very authentic. Camden really did great job of capturing the spirit of political life.

I highly recommend this book for those who like flawed heroes, historical fiction, and libraries.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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