“There was no such thing as a typical day at the White House, but Caroline Delacroix’s morning took a particularly difficult turn the moment she walked into her crowded office.”

Opening line of “The Gilded Lady” by Elizabeth Camden

I haven’t read book one of the Hope and Glory series, but after book two, “The Gilded Lady“, I won’t be missing out on book 3 by Elizabeth Camden. This is a lovely standalone story but I’m sure I’ll enjoy learning more of the characters by reading the first book.

The leading lady in this one is Caroline Delacroix, the first lady’s secretary as the president’s term draws near it’s end and fears of assassination run high. Caroline’s focus, however, is on guiding the first lady and helping improve her public image. Whilst living the high society life of 1900, Caroline worries for her brother who stands trial in Cuba for treason.

The leading man, Nathaniel Trask, is a secret service agent brought in to overhaul the president’s security. Realising how lax the protection is, he swiftly brings about radical change leading to frequent run-ins with Caroline.

The two start the adventure of protecting the first family whilst heading into an election. Those who know their American history will anticipate the unfolding of the political happenings but Elizabeth Camden does a fabulous job painting the picture of the life of those behind a president. Her characterisations of the president and the first lady are based on historical facts. Nathaniel and Caroline’s story is less predictable and is full of unexpected turns and interesting happenings. It is also full of humour and heart.

From the start, I loved this one! Historical fiction at its best! The characters are relatable, faith is elegantly included and the mystery intriguing. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended.

From the back cover:

Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she’s hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. 

Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president’s Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline despite his overwhelming attraction to her quick wit and undeniable charm. Desperate to keep the president protected, Nathaniel must battle to keep his focus fully on his job as the threat to the president rises. 

Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel will face adventure, danger, and heartbreak in a race against time that will span the continent and the depth of human emotion.

I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

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