A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth CamdenA Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

A Desperate Hope

byElizabeth Camden

Paperback | February 5, 2019

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Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them before it's too late.]]>
Title:A Desperate HopeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8.35 × 5.51 × 1.1 inPublished:February 5, 2019Publisher:Baker Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:076423210X

ISBN - 13:9780764232107

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Good Clean Read A Desperate Hope is the third book in Elizabeth Camden's Empire State series. While one might not think that a series largely based on the water system of New York City would be of great interest to many, Camden certainly has made it so. Beginning with Lucy and Nick Drake's battle to win back a fortune that their family had been swindled of a long time ago, a battle involving an invention essential to successfully providing clean water to the homes in New York City, Camden's characters have tugged at her readers' heart strings. As the family's story continued there was intrigue, manipulation and subterfuge within the Drake's extended family, but deciding on which side of the family for which to root was never difficult; it was most certainly a tale of good vs evil. A Desperate Hope picks up with the story of Eloise Drake, Lucy and Nick's cousin who was nothing like her parents. Throughout her life, even as a child, Eloise had had to pick up, start over and create for herself an emotional safe space. She longed to be part of a loving family. This longing caused her to live vicariously through the lives of the villagers of Duval Springs, a small town that was now in danger of being destroyed in order to create a reservoir for the people of New York City which was one hundred miles away. Having been banished from her second childhood home, the one overlooking Duval Springs, Eloise was loathe to return to aid in its demise. While A Desperate Hope is a clean read, some may question its classification as Christian Fiction. There are at least three relationships involving sex outside of marriage, one resulting in the birth of a child, but no explicit sexual material is included. While there are eventually overtures of making things right, there is no clear statement of confession and repentance. There is mention of one character coming to know God and maturing her faith after a prolonged stay at a convent in Arizona, She does pray out of desperation, and does question whether or not she could marry someone who does not share her faith. Overall, the story does not carry a strong Christian message. I truly enjoyed this book, and indeed the whole series. I would recommend it as a clean read, and am grateful to have received a copy from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Date published: 2019-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This goes in the Love it category In 1896 it was decided that New York City needed a bigger water supply, so a reservoir was planned. Where they put it displaced 7 towns. They had to move - their towns were destroyed, leveled, with either a buy-out or eminent domain. This us a fictional compilation of what one of those towns might have gone through. A very close-knit town, one where everybody knew everybody else's business. And they never forgot. But they took care of one another too. Eloise is from a wealthy family whose home overlooks this small town. She is from a very dysfunctional family and longs for a normal life like those who live in town. She gets to know Alex, a little too well for her guardian, and because of this they're both forced to leave the area and each other. Alex comes back first and eventually becomes Mayor. He's a bit of a dreamer. Eloise becomes an Accountant/CPA for the State and has to be involved with the takeover of the town as the reservoir is being planned. She's even more straight laced than ever, so the attraction that is still there with Alex is contrasted with their different personalities and being on opposite sides where the reservoir is concerned. It's all pretty much a hot mess for all the people involved, but there are lessons of faith and of getting along throughout. You'll be fully drawn into the characters' hearts, minds and struggles. I loved this book and highly recommend it. It's a really deep story with interesting twists and turns, some you'd never begin to guess. Be prepared, especially towards the end, to not be able to put it down. Plan for the time!
Date published: 2019-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Full Of Surprises I found this book interesting in that it is filled with historical information, and is based on fact. The story line is good and it kept my attention, but my main problem is that there is a story line of sin, but not a true Christian read. We have a strong woman here and her whole life she had a desire to be accepted, in her field as a CPA and by the man who fathered her. Also offered is a man who has pulled himself up by becoming mayor of Devaul Springs, and now trying to fight the Government and save his town. This is the third book in this series, and we are briefly reunited past characters, but this can be read alone. This is a read that will keep you page turning and full of surprises right to the end. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
Date published: 2019-02-05