A Desperate Hope

A Desperate Hope

Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her?or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak. Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she's finally put behind her?or so she thinks. A mathematic...

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Title:A Desperate Hope
Author:Elizabeth Camden
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:A Desperate Hope
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

A Desperate Hope Reviews

  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    Feb 26, 2019
    A DESPERATE HOPE is a story of loss, desperation, love and what it means to be family. Readers won't be able to resist falling in love with this small town with all its quirks and charm. The people who live, fight, and love there make it the wonderful place it is and surround these two...
  • Grace Mullins
    Feb 16, 2019
    I'm reminded why Camden is one if my favorite authors. What I enjoyed: Great historical atmosphere. I can tell Camden puts great effort in writing a tale that gives her readers more than just a glimpse into early twentieth century New York. It was so sad seeing a reflection of what ...
  • Adrienne
    Jan 16, 2019
    Eloise Drake has a good, safe job working as an accountant in New York City. She enjoys her job and the possibility that her supervisor might be interested in her--a good, safe man is exactly what she needs. When she is assigned to go to upstate New York to Duval Springs, a town which ...
  • Kate (The Shelf Life)
    Feb 25, 2019
    I have been a long time fan of Elizabeth Camden. Her attention to the historical detail is one that has always impressed me. Her previous stories touch on either well known historical events, like the Chicago Fire in Into the Whirlwind. Or smaller historical issues, like the the opioid...
  • Laura
    Feb 20, 2019
    I thoroughly enjoyed A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden. Though this was the third book in the series, it read very well as a stand-alone. Eloise Drake is tasked to maintain the budget for New York?s latest project, to buy out an entire small town, demolish it and then flood th...
  • Joleen
    Mar 18, 2019
    As teens Alex and Eloise got to know each other very well behind an old cider mill in the woods. She was sheltered most of her life, not truly loved by parents or guardian, and never allowed to mingle with kids from town. Alex was the mayor's son and a bit too charming. Eloise was ...
  • Abbi
    Feb 03, 2019
    After having mixed opinions about the first two books in this series I was cautious as to what this book would hold. Thankfully this book was the best of the series and I really enjoyed it! I liked Alex and Eloise and it was sweet to see what once was young love transform into someth...
  • Kav
    Apr 04, 2019
    What an astounding story! Especially since the author 'modeled it on the collective experience of several towns that were dismantled to build the Ashokan Reservoir,' (Historical note; p 337) It just boggles the mind! And gives me a new respect and admiration for mathematics -- a subjec...
  • Vera Godley
    Mar 15, 2019
    As the conclusion of Elizabeth Camden's Empire State Series I found the book interesting. I personally didn't care for the "thug" characters in the book and their actions and influences on others in the community. But that is the story and that is the 1896 time element portrayed on the...
  • Martha
    Mar 03, 2019
    Where can I begin?  I loved this conclusion to this series, but I would say that they could be read as stand alone books. You understand some more of the main character's story when you have read the previous two books, but you don't have to have read them.  First of all, the h...
  • Lisa Johnson
    Apr 01, 2019
    Title: A Desperate Hope (An Empire State Novel #3) Author: Elizabeth Camden Pages: e-book Date: 2/5/19 Publisher: Bethany House My rating is 3 out of 5 stars. Eloise Drake grew up with a rich family, but rarely saw them as she was sent to live with a guardian at the age of eight....
  • Kara
    Mar 03, 2019
    I was reminded yet again that Ms. Camden knows her way around a well-researched historical novel! I love all the details that she always includes in her stories! This one made me grin so many times, swoon a few others, and fall in love with the characters. Eloise is my new favorite! He...
  • Clara
    Apr 12, 2019
    I love Elizabeth Camden's books and I think she's done an outstanding job with the Empire State trilogy. I've been looking forward to Eloise's story since finishing A Daring Venture and even more intrigued since finding out Alex Duval would be the hero. There's been much hurt and tr...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    Mar 31, 2019
    The final novel in the "Empire State" series is an intriguing finale to what has been an enjoyable series from start to finish. Camden has brought her trademark ability to mine the depths of history and craft a story filled with pieces of the past that are utterly fascinating. I greatl...
  • Nicole
    Jun 09, 2018
    A story to make my introverted heart sing! Camden's characters are always so real, with flaws and struggles that make them relatable. Alex and Eloise were no different, bringing to the page a flare and charisma that is wonderfully trademark for this author. I related so much to Eloise...
  • Rebecca
    Feb 08, 2019
    3.5 stars "Sometimes there are more important things in life than timetables or profit margins, and those things are called dreams." According to Eloise Drake's recollection, Alex Duval had been nothing more than a teen-age dreamer, whose "pie-in-the-sky" perspective on life had ...
  • Shauna
    Mar 11, 2019
    I've been a fan of most of Ms Camden's previous books, however I couldn't get behind this one. I'll address my biggest huh??? right off the bat. I don't understand the flippant attitude shown towards sex outside of marriage in this christian fiction. Granted, it was only alluded to, an...
  • Lynda Edwards
    Feb 09, 2019
    Elizabeth Camden writes books to get lost in?books that pull the reader into another time and place, set in unique locations with captivating, unexpected plots. This book is an incredible story with a slowly building mystery, lots of interesting history, and characters that belong to...
  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    Feb 13, 2019
    It?s been a while since I read a Camden sort-of historical romance. I?ve also drifted away from inspirational romance, thanks to the end Harlequin?s Love Inspired Historical line, where many a favourite author resided. With A Desperate Hope, Camden has moved away from the inspira...
  • Tamara
    Mar 26, 2019
    I really enjoyed this third book of Empire State series. It was actually my favorite one of the whole series. Eloise Drake and Alex Duval are at odds in the demolition of Duval Springs for a reservoir for water for the residents of New York. Eloise works for the state and is the accoun...
  • Deanne Patterson
    Mar 02, 2019
    After reading this book it has once again proven why I love this author's books. It kept me engrossed the whole way through. A very tough,straight-laced,prickly heroine who despite being a carefree wild child has matured into a mathematical genius and is now a successful accountant for...
  • Jennifer
    Apr 19, 2019
    I read this book all in one sitting, so that answers the question of its readability and Ms. Camden's storytelling. I enjoyed the historical setting and details, as always, and the plot was interesting and well paced. However, as other reviewers have stated, the lack of holiness in wha...
  • Beth Erin
    Feb 25, 2019
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.com This story will resonate with those of us who call big-hearted small towns ?home? as well as anyone who loves to cheer for the underdog. Camden skillfully crafts complex characters into a rich story of history, romance, mystery, and suspense....
  • Paula Shreckhise
    Feb 28, 2019
    A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden is book set in 1806 Upstate, New York. The New York City Water Board is clearing the town of Duval Springs in order to build a reservoir. Lots of interesting facts are woven into this story about the logistics and emotional upheaval of those invo...
  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    Mar 17, 2019
    If you are a fan of historical novels rich with detail then this is one you don't want to miss! I loved the beautiful characters and the page turning plot line. Ms. Camden is truly talented and has a fan in me with this 4 star novel. ...
  • Natalie
    Feb 23, 2019
    2.5 stars, rounded up to 3 What I liked: - as always, the historical setting was vivid and lifelike. - I liked seeing the town come together to relocate - The blend of mystery and history worked well - Eloise as a character. She was smart and hardworking. What I didn?t c...
  • Kacie Woodmansee
    Dec 30, 2018
    Eloise Drake's past comes back to haunt her as she must return to the town so near where she spent much of her childhood and the man she fell in love with so many years before. Her relationship with Alex Duval ended badly 12 years ago, but Eloise is bound and determined to keep her hea...
  • MJSH
    Jan 23, 2019
    4.5 stars! I've always enjoyed Elizabeth Camden's books and this is no exception. I had not read the first two books in the Empire State series but was able to fully enjoy the book. I had never given much thought to how NYC and the state of NY got their water supply in 1908 but this b...
  • Nicole Cook
    Jan 30, 2019
    "Let's go change the world." In her latest book, A Desperate Hope, award winning author Elizabeth Camden has created an irresistible historical fiction story of faith, love, and resilience. A Desperate Hope is the 3rd book in Elizabeth Camden's Empire State Trilogy, but it can easily b...
  • Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
    Feb 28, 2019
    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK The setting is New York City 1896. Needing more water supply to the city, it was decided to violins a reservoir, which would wipe out the small town of Dubai Springs. Mayor Alex Duval is determined to fight for the survival of his small town, but being the NY...