The Prince of Spies

The Prince of Spies
Written by: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Month, Year: February 2021

A brief summary from Bethany House:
Luke Delacroix has long had a reputation of being an impulsive adventurer, the wild son of one of Gilded Age Washington’s most prominent families. In reality, he has been secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission: to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world.

Trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman’s only daughter. Luke is fascinated by the vibrant Marianne and her daring work as a government photographer, leading them into a forbidden romance. Now they must embark on a dangerous gamble to reconcile their growing feelings with Luke’s driving passion for vital reforms in Congress.

Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?

My Thoughts:
The Delacroix – Magruder feud comes to a head in this final installment of Elizabeth Cameden’s Hope and Glory series.

When Luke meets a charming woman in the middle of rescuing a dog, he can’t help but start falling for the lady. If only she wasn’t the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy – Clyde Magruder. But Luke can’t help being drawn to Marianne, and the feeling is mutual. Sneaking stolen moments around town under the noses of their feuding families makes for an exciting courtship. That is until they are found out and all chaos breaks loose.

I enjoyed reading this last book in the Hope and Glory series. Luke and Marianne’s relationship remind me of Romeo and Juliet, poison included, and it was nice to see this kind of plot tied to the food industry. As always, Camden’s historical tidbits are quite fascinating. I really like how she elaborates on lesser known pieces of history that have had major impacts in where we find ourselves in the modern world. The fight for preservatives and additives in food, and what constitutes as being safe to be included in our food, was eye-opening. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading whatever Camden writes next.

I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from NetGalley and Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. 

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