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

  • Melissa
    Mar 05, 2019
    A Daring Venture is an interesting and exciting look at a fictional version of how the the real-life Ashokan Reservoir came to be. This is a bit of history I knew nothing about before this book so it was neat to be made aware of it, even though this is story of fiction. The mystery ele...
  • 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...
  • Laura
    Mar 16, 2019
    A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden is the third book in her An Empire State series. Luckily it is a standalone book if you did not get to read the first two. First, I loved the whole concept of moving a town. The author kept me intrigued and was very detailed oriented in that I co...
  • 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...
  • Diane Estrella
    Apr 23, 2019
    Elizabeth Camden is one of my top five favorite, go-to authors. I believe I have read most of her books and am rarely disappointed. This one was eh, underwhelming. That being said, every high must have a low and, unfortunately, this was not a favorite of mine. There was a lot of his...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Clare O'Beara
    May 04, 2019
    This is an extremely well researched book about a community which has to change when the town is about to be destroyed to build a reservoir. New York State in 1908 is a time of great construction and upheaval. Modernisation is in full swing but oxen are still needed in mountain country...
  • 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...
  • 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
    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...