Book Review: The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

The Spice King

Elizabeth Camden

About the Book:

  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 3, 2019)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2019

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?

My Thoughts:

Elizabeth Camden is one of my top five favorite authors and I never have to give a second thought before grabbing one of her books. The Spice King did not disappoint. I was pulled in immediately and did not want to put the book down. I read until 2 in the morning and only stopped because I couldn’t keep my eyes open!

The things I love most about Mrs. Camden’s books is 1) I always learn something new. She gives her characters fascinating careers and I learn so much about history that I didn’t know before. As a foodie, I savored the history of the spice industry and the invention of canned products.

And number 2) I loved that the hurt between the main character was not easily resolved. It took work, forgiveness, and setting aside their own pain for a common cause.

I loved Annabelle’s mother, Maude. I found her ability to add the costs of groceries a humorous side element to the main story. There were also several twists and turns, and I felt for Annabelle having to choose between her love for Gray and her love for country (including government, which Gray has an absolute distain for.) I will say that Gray’s surly attitude was annoying at times.

The only thing I didn’t like was a conflict with my beliefs. There is a mention of a particular character on his way to redeeming his soul by the good deeds he was doing. Redemption is found only in Christ’s death on the cross and Salvation is through his shed blood alone. Since, I don’t read fiction for doctrine, I didn’t mark the book down a star for it.

I am so excited to read the next books in this series! I can’t wait for the rest of the story!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in gilded-age America featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Awards and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list.She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books. Learn more at

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