Oh…this is a good one! For starters, it takes place in a library which is one of my most favorite places. And the main characters [Luke & Anna] are relate-able. With difficult pasts but not rags-to-riches circumstances but through hard work & dedication they’ve established careers which give them satisfaction. And both Luke & Anna love books which I think is a fun thing to have in common.
Camden does a great job with character development, creating characters which fit perfectly into the storyline without seeming as if she purposely created them with solely that intent. The thread of intrigue throughout is really good, and again, not too over the top. I loved how Anna researched the facts and searched through the details in many different governmental departments – an illustration for not taking only one writing as fact but using the expertise of many to solve a mystery.
The illustration of political life was insightful and the author showed the perspective of many different individuals -- those staring their careers, those who were in the midst of selfishly fighting for their own agendas, those who were patriarchs in the city & had earned the respect of many, etc.
I really enjoyed the intelligent, witty & fun banter between the two characters and especially the fact that Anna, who could definitely be defined as an introvert, tossed the first barb with her whispered words. And how Luke pursued her with such carefulness, despite their differences in social standing at the time.
Just a really enjoyable story for an amazingly talented author. Recommended/appropriate for all ages.
NOTE: I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in return for my honest review.