About the Book
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?
In My Opinion
Elizabeth Camden is a master of writing about pieces of history I’ve never given thought to. The Spice King combines several of such including the production of imitation spices, the beginnings of what is now the FDA and labeling food, and even a little about Good Housekeeping (the magazine).
I appreciate that Camden’s heroines are intelligent, strong women who fight for what they believe in. Annabelle Larkin, a college-educated botanist, is no exception. And it is those qualities that captivate Gray Delacroix’s attention.
This historical fiction read is lighter on the romance than I usually prefer (with some high highs and low lows) but the rich descriptions, historical tidbits, intrigue, and wonderful character development made up for it.
I’m already looking forward to the next installment of the Hope and Glory trilogy and what Camden will teach me about next.
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