About the Book
Title: Carved in Stone
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Series: The Blackstone Legacy #1
Publisher: Bethany House Publishing
Date: August 31, 2021
Her gilded world holds a deeply hidden secret.
After years of tragedy, Gwen Kellerman now lives a quiet life as a botanist at an idyllic New York college. She largely ignores her status as heiress to the infamous Blackstone dynasty and hopes to keep her family’s heartbreak and scandal behind her.
Patrick O’Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He’s proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case that is sure to emphasize the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.
Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction and growing danger, Patrick and Gwen will be forced to decide if the risk to the life they’ve always held dear is worth the reward.
I’ve been an Elizabeth Camden fan for several years and she is one of my top favorite authors. Everything I love about her books was present in her newest release, Carved in Stone. I can’t wait for the next books in the series! Gwen is a woman who has gone through several tragedies in her life, and yet, she treats those who’ve done her wrong with kindness and forgiveness. This book is all about not judging a book by its cover—facing prejudices against who you are based on your heritage or your family roots. As always, I love learning so much about the historical elements of the story, and in this case, it has to do with the sciences that go on in the university begun by Gwen’s father, and dearly beloved by Gwen herself.
Patrick struggles to better himself and to accept himself in a world that despises him simply because he’s Irish. I’m not catholic, so while I may disagree with some of the religious elements of the book, I felt it was authentic and realistic considering Patrick’s ethnicity.
I enjoyed the mystery that tied the entire story together. I had guessed so many suspects, and still I was surprised when the villain was truly revealed. I loved the twists and the engaging unraveling of a 30-year-old kidnapping.
If you enjoy reading historical fiction—especially ones that delve deep into the past and the lessons to be learned there—I highly recommend Carved in Stone!
About the Author
Elizabeth Camden (www.elizabethcamden.com) 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 Award and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.