- File Size: 7733 KB
- Print Length: 353 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764234870
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 3, 2019)
- Publication Date: September 3, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PYVW73P
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,801 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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From the Back Cover
As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.
Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?
"Camden launches her Hope and Glory series with this enthralling tale that weds a surprising romance with the real-life political intrigue surrounding the early 20th-century American spice trade. . . . Camden spices up the story with historical details of the era and of the race to provide convenient food for the masses."--Publishers Weekly
"Gray and Annabella are archetypal . . . Their thoughtful arcs see them evolve into surer versions of themselves. The Spice King is an adventuresome, entertaining romance that blends themes of betrayal and forgiveness."--Foreword Reviews
"Librarian and Christy Award winner Camden presents another fabulous love story wrapped around compelling historical events in this unique exploration of early efforts to regulate the food industry."--Booklist
"Gray and Annabelle's early courtship was a complete delight to read. . . . Camden is an expert at weaving absolutely fascinating history into her stories. . . . The prose here is smooth, the plot intriguing, the hero thoroughly lovable, and the mystery absorbing."--All About Romance --This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Elizabeth Camden is the very best at exploring the historical aspects of early efforts to safeguard the American people from threats to their health and wellbeing. Her stories have included medical research to fight disease, storm forecasting as an early warning system, water purification, and now food safety and purity in The Spice King.
The Story gets off to a great start as the botanist Annabelle Larkin begins to tame the reclusive spice company owner Gray Delacroix. Annabelle needs help from Gray to keep her job at the Smithsonian and Gray's determined not to provide it.
"...he claimed you were one of the sunniest, most optimistic people he had ever met."
"That's the kind of person who drives Gray Delacroix insane..."
The first part of the book Gray and Annabelle have opposite goals. but their mutual attraction keeps them connected. I really enjoyed the beginning of their love story. The second part of the book their goals start to merge, but the couple's chemistry takes something of a backseat at this point, with more emphasis put on their food safety efforts.
I enjoyed the secondary characters of Gray's siblings, Caroline as social secretary to the First Lady and Luke as happy-go-lucky and lacking in direction. The inclusion of Annabelle's blind sister Elaine and her job at the Library of Congress helping other blind readers was fascinating. I do wish we had more resolution of Luke's espionage story and the dire straits he's in, but that's probably coming in a future book.
Until then, I'll be waiting for the second book in the Hope and Glory series coming in 2020 that features spitfire White House secretary Caroline Delacroix. I do hope her love story has more time on the page to go along with the historical elements that make Camden's stories shine.
Elizabeth Camden writes an excellent entertaining story while educating about history at the same time.
Such a wonderful author!
Gray has returned home to run the business stateside as his father has passed away and he was the one who ran the business while Gray did the traveling. Gray’s younger brother and sister have come into adulthood while Gray has been away. He realizes he has missed most of their childhood and now wants to connect with them. His younger brother Luke is carefree, out to have a good time and doesn’t want to have much to do with the business while Gray’s younger sister Caroline is involved in fashion and high society with a talent toward politics.
This is a fascinating story! As per the usual for Elizabeth Camden, she has done her research and taken a time in history and brought it to life. The subject matter she uses to highlight in her novels are always unique and interesting. The two main characters are ones I connected to and felt their emotions as the story progressed. The romance angle was not too overdone and just right in my opinion. There were interesting subplots with Annabelle’s blind sister and her job, as well as the political involvement of both Caroline and Luke. I’ll be one of the first to ger the next book in the series due out in 2020. Don’t miss this one!!
I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review.
Top international reviews
I liked both Gray and Annabelle from the start. They were both strong, feisty and determined to succeed in their own spheres of life.
I liked that they both have close family ties and wanted to help and support the people that mattered to them the most. I particularly enjoyed seeing the way they sparked off each other.
I definitely felt for Annabelle who was caught up in a difficult situation.
I found the plot to be quite slow at the beginning. However, I enjoyed the second half of the book much more. The tension built up until the end and I couldn’t predict how it was going to resolve.
Overall I enjoyed the book and came away satisfied.