Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden
A Desperate Hope is an historical fiction book. It is the 3rd book in the Empire State series but can be read as a stand alone book. The two main characters are Eloise and Alex Duvall.. They grew up in the town of Duvall Springs and were friends but were separated at 16 by a parent. At that age they liked each other. Years later Eloise is working for a very large accounting firm in New York City. She is very successful. She is working on the largest engineering project in 1908 in New York. New York City needs an irrigation system to help provide clean water and Duvall Springs in the area where the irrigation system is planning. Eloise is given the job to access the value of the homes and get the demotion done of the city. She is working for the government to plan the project. The town is run by Alex Duvall as the mayor. She has mixed emotions about dealing with all of the facets of the project. She remembers the past emotions with Alex but must get her business at hand done. It is challenging to deal with determining the values of the homes and dealing with the residents who will have to be moved to higher ground. Alex wants to save his town and also get Eloise back for himself. He has been looking for Eloise for years. Her Guardian Bruce Garrett does not like Alex, Bruce is very wealthy. Alex lives in the town tavern with his brother and his family. Duvall Springs has a personal feeling .The people in the town know each other well. The book takes lots of twists and turns and leads the reader to wonder what will happen next with Eloise and Alex, and Duvall Springs. Will Eloise and Alex and end up together.? Will the town be moved? The story has good historical back round and also the romantic twists. The cover is beautiful. The author invited me to be part of her street team which is supposed to prepare for the book launch by reading and reviewing the book. The book was given to me by netgalley and Bethany House graciously to read and review. The opinions of the book are mine. Thank you so much to Bethany House and Elizabeth Camden for allowing me to read and review this wonderful book. I hope the book is really successful and I am excited for the launch day today!