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With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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About the Book:
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 2014
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Genre: Fiction; Historical, Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Seamlessly, each novel to emerge from the pen of Elizabeth Camden continues to inch past the lines of excellence that were once drawn by authors who came before her. Each story is challenging the reader to dare assume a novel by her cannot beat her previous stories. With exception to one of her novels, I have thoroughly enjoyed her work. Nothing seems to change the pattern and each one I look forward to getting “lost in” brings me to the end wishing I was able to write something so beautifully compelling – not to mention the fascinating characters she creates, these two are particularly good. Kate Norton and schoolmate Trevor McDonough are enemies – or at least in school they are. Both of them use each other as motivation to one up the other, only 12 years later, Kate is out the scholarship she desperately wanted and lost to Trevor, and fate is about to bring them back together. Now a successful doctor relentlessly studying for a tuberculosis cure, Dr. Trevor Kendall has reinvented himself and he needs Kate to assist in his work. Their lives have both changed drastically since their school days, but one thing that hasn’t altered is Trevor’s feelings for Kate… if only her own experience in life hadn’t made her afraid to embrace a new future.

Simply put, Elizabeth’s writing is exquisite. She has a voice that never ceases to draw even the most halfhearted reader in – or that has been my past experience. In her latest jewel, I felt like this novel was very nearly her best to date, although nothing has quite risen to the level of Against the Tide (which is the novel that has… Bane! *swoon*), however this book certainly runs a close second, because the characterizations are brilliant. Meeting this leading couple put them solidly into a top spot of my favorites in fiction, and you know, they do say opposites attract and initially that is the magnet that draws these two together. It was so interesting to read about a hero who goes against the norm of most – here Trevor isn’t a charismatic, charming man. Instead he’s reserved and from Kate’s, opinionated albeit limited perspective, he’s a cold-hearted soul, who has no empathy towards the people around him. Then on the flipside, there is the vibrant, fiery Kate. Underneath her personality lies a heart full of fear that ties nicely into one of the primary issues that plague this character. Though before I say anything more – you just have to read the book, we’ll move on.

I do feel like there are some minor pacing issues with the story – things are “resolved” before expectations, meaning the characters reach an understanding of what the other one wants and expects sooner than its peers but because neither one is willing to concede, they spend a good five months in denial which seems to drag out the story more than need be. Still, that’s a minor complaint and I enjoyed the sweet epilogue that tied everything nicely together, in addition to the realistic struggles that are dealt with, With Every Breath is not something any avid historical reader should miss being a part of. As its endorsements boast, this story is a journey full of “breathless” excitement, romance and the healing power of choosing life and love over the fear of the unknown; that kind of payout isn’t something to ever take for granted.

Synopsis: In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and she’s bewildered at the way he suddenly seeks her out. Surprising even herself, Kate agrees to Trevor’s entirely unexpected and risky proposal to work side-by-side with him in his quest to rid the world of tuberculosis, a contagious and deadly disease.
As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, she realizes there is much more to him than she could have imagined. His hidden depths may fascinate her, but his most closely guarded secrets and a shadowy enemy lurking in the background carry a serious threat to their future.
When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way? – Goodreads

Coming Next from Elizabeth Camden: Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.

Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for themselves? – Goodreads

Sincere thanks to the publisher for providing a complimentary copy of this book for reviewing purposes.

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