Tag Archives: Elizabeth Camden

Congratulations to The 2018 Christy Award Finalists!

19 Sep

Congratulations to all the talented authors who are now 2018 Christy Award Finalists. If you are on the hunt for some great books, here is an excellent place to start.

 

Contemporary Romance

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

True to You by Becky Wade

 

First Novel

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Turtles in The Road by Kaley Rhea and Rhonda Rhea

 

General Fiction 

A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow

Life After by Katie Ganshert

The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

 

Historical

Catching The Wind by Melanie Dobson

Isaiah’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

Many Sparrows by Lori Benton

 

Historical Romance

A Dangerous Legacy by Elizabeth Camden

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz

To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander

 

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Coldwater by Goldwater by Samuel Parker

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

Rule of Law by Randy Singer

 

Short Form

Guilt by Association by Heather Day Gilbert

Her Secret Daughter by Ruth Logan Herne

12 Days at Bleakly Manor by Michelle Griep

 

Visionary

Awakened by Morgan Busse

The Day The Angels Fell by Shawn Smucker

The Man He Never Was by James Rubart

 

Young Adult 

The Delusion by Laura Gallier

Last Summer at Eden by Christina Hergenrader

Unraveling by Sara Ella

2017 Christy Award Finalists

21 Sep

Congratulations to all the finalists of the 2017 Christy Awards. The winners will be announced November 8, 2017.

 

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Her One And Only by Becky Wade

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

FIRST NOVEL

Counted with The Stars by Connilyn Cossette

Like A River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

Stars in The Grass by Ann Marie Stewart

GENERAL FICTION

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

The Promise of Jesse Woods by Chris Fabry

The Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore

HISTORICAL

Like A River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart

The Mark of The King by Jocelyn Green

Miriam by Mesu Andrews

HISTORICAL ROMANCE

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden

The Lady And The Lionheart by Joanne Bischof

MURDER/SUSPENSE/THILLER

If I Run by Terri Blackstock

When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

SHORT FORM

Looking Into You by Chris Fabry

Mirror Image by Laura Scott

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

VISIONARY

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

King’s Folly by Jill Williamson

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James Rubart

YOUNG ADULT

If You’re Gone by Brittany Goodwin

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

Unblemished by Sara Ella

 

 

 

Book Review: With Every Breath

8 Jul

51TyzeINTDL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected. As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

pressphoto2-211x300Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.

 

My Impressions:

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden was a short-list nominee for the Historical Romance category of the 2015 Inspys. With its attention to historical detail, relatable characters and page-turning writing style, it is easy to see that this book is definitely a winner. I loved it and give it a highly recommended rating.

The story takes place in Washington DC in the late 19th century. While innovation and technology are moving society ahead, there is still so much that man does not know, especially in the field of medicine. Kate Livingston, a talented statistician, and Trevor Kendall, a brilliant doctor, team up to fight TB. But their past and an unknown future may keep them from the love they both want.

Kate Livingston is a great character. Competitive and fiercely loyal, she is also controlled by her fear of loss. Her need for safety often paralyzes her emotionally. I really identified with her struggle with trusting God and could really relate to her being “tired of doubting and living in fear”. Trevor was a complex character as well, hiding insecurity and hurt behind a facade of professional coldness. I also learned a lot from this book. I had no idea of how widespread TB was and how it was a death sentence for most who contracted it. The look into early treatments is fascinating.

Camden’s writing style is excellent and made With Every Breath a pleasure to read. This one is great for fans of historical romance.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: older teens to adults.

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(Thank you Bethany House for a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Review: The Rose of Winslow Street

9 Mar

In the small town of Colden, Massachusetts, Libby Sawyer leads a quiet, predictable life. Yet beneath the surface, she is haunted by a secret.

Newly arrived on American shores, Michael Dobrescu is far from predictable, and his arrival in Colden is anything but quiet. Michael’s shocking claim to be the rightful owner of Libby’s father’s house immediately alienates him from the appalled citizens of Colden.

Despite her own outrage, Libby is unwittingly fascinated by this enigmatic man who seems equally intrigued by her. As the court’s decision about the house looms and the layers of mystery surrounding Michael’s past are unveiled, Libby’s loyalties are tested in ways she never imagined.

Excerpt

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.

My Impressions:

I chose to read and review The Rose of Winslow Street because the back cover blurb sounded really intriguing.  How could someone come in and seize your house and still have a claim to it in the courts?  It sounded like a nice little historical romance.  But what I found was so much more.  Elizabeth Camden has written characters that really come to life — the much under-appreciated and misjudged Libby,  the proud, yet insecure professor that is Libby’s father, and the deeply wounded yet strong Mirela.   Even the minor characters are fleshed out. And the larger than life, grab life with both hands, Michael Dobrescu is a character you won’t soon forget.  (I kept picturing a much more sensitive Gaston from Beauty and The Beast.  *giggle*)

The struggle over the house is interesting, but it is the character development that really steals the show.  I felt so proud of Libby as she struggled to stand up to not only her father, but the whole town.  Despite her obvious intelligence and artistic gifts, she had been labeled, as her father put it, as a mental deficient due to what could only be a learning disability.  Michael is the first person in her life to see Libby’s value as the person God made her.  Camden handles this truth very well.

If you like historical romance, you are going to like The Rose of Winslow Street.  And if you like well-developed characters, a plausible plot, and a strong message of God’s truth without the preachiness, you’ll love it!

Highly Recommended.

(I received The Rose of Winslow Street from Bethany in return for an honest review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)