About the Book
After years of tragedy, Gwen Kellerman now lives a quiet life as a botanist at an idyllic New York college. She largely ignores her status as heiress to the infamous Blackstone dynasty and hopes to keep her family’s heartbreak and scandal behind her.
Patrick O’Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He’s proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case that is sure to emphasize the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.
Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction and growing danger, Patrick and Gwen will be forced to decide if the risk to the life they’ve always held dear is worth the reward.
In My Opinion
What do you get when you combine a pending steel conglomeration, a man who ekes out a living defending the poor of NYC, a woman whose wealthy family has a tarnished reputation, and Elizabeth Camden? You get Carved in Stone, the first book in Camden’s The Blackstone Legacy series.
And really, there’s a ton more going on than those few items I mentioned. Once again, Camden draws out some more obscure details of US history and combines it with a sizzling romance (with plenty of combustion of its own) to weave an engaging story that is also somewhat educational. Those are the best historical fiction books for me.
I love that Camden’s heroines are intelligent, tough, and speak their minds. They aren’t afraid to stand up for themselves, and their men aren’t intimidated by them. Gwen is no exception, and I’m already rooting for a supporting character to get her own book in this series.
If you haven’t picked up an Elizabeth Camden book, I highly encourage it. And what better time to do so than at the beginning of a new series?
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