Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it's too late.
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?
I had no idea what to expect as I began reading, but this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed. The many characters were so unique, and I loved all the surprising twists and nuggets of history throughout the book. It took place in 1900, and Gray had been a child during the Civil War. His perception was clearly influenced by abuses his family suffered during that time. The plot and the characters had many layers, which was what made this book so interesting.
International spice trade, food processing, D. C. politics, and agriculture are among the many topics about which readers will be enlightened as they read this book. I recommend it.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes. The thoughts expressed here are my own.
About the Author
Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in gilded age America featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award, and she lives in Florida with her husband who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.