A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3) by Elizabeth Camden

A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)

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 off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town s...


Details A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)

TitleA Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)
ISBN9780764232107
Author
Release DateFeb 5th, 2019
PublisherBethany House Publishers
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Christian
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Reviews A Desperate Hope (Empire State, #3)

  • Deanne Patterson
    2019-03-02
    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 the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. She'd rather be tallying spreadsheets than dating. When she is assigned to her coming of age town for work the me...
  • Clara
    2019-04-12
    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 trauma in Eloise`s life, how will a hot-headed but honorable mayor be able to show her what it means to truly be loved and respected? Especially when these two have a twe...
  • Kacie Woodmansee
    2018-12-30
    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 heart safe and follow the rules as she works for the state on a project which will demolish the town Alex grew up in and is currently the mayor of.I really wanted to l...
  • Nicole
    2018-06-09
    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 and her need for security at the end of the day, but also her bone-deep desire to dare just a little and enjoy an unlikely adventure that would grow her and give her...
  • Vera Godley
    2019-03-15
    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 pages of A Desperate Hope.This is the story of the destruction of a small community and surrounding woods in order to create a reservoir for the growing city of Ne...
  • Paula Shreckhise
    2019-02-28
    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 involved, from the residents to the engineers. A seemingly impossible task is at hand. Can Eloise Drake and Alex Duval stop clashing enough to get the job done? Eloise, an ...
  • Joleen
    2019-03-18
    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 entranced by Alex who took advantage of her naïveté, but both thought they were in love. Then one day they were found out and a veritable boom was lowered. 1908, twel...
  • Nicole
    2019-01-30
    "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 be read as a stand alone novel. Immediately, readers are drawn to the novel by its beautiful and captivating cover. The story takes place in small town Duval Springs...
  • Grace Mullins
    2019-02-16
    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 happened to citizens over a century ago, and I appreciated getting some insight into this part of history.Her magnificent writing style added a magical touch to this bo...
  • Beth Erin
    2019-02-25
    Full review on FaithfullyBookish.comThis 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.Eloise has a painful backstory which enables her to achieve professional success yet leaves her feeling insecure and unmoored. Alex is a former soldier turned small-tow...
  • Adrienne
    2019-01-16
    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 is going to be demolished in order to create a reservoir for New York City to have clean water, she doesn't want to go--because it will mean seeing Alex Duval, whom...
  • Kara
    2019-03-03
    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! Her fierce determination is a sight to behold. I enjoyed watching as she confidently handled every situation before her, except for Alex. Ah, that Alex! They certainl...
  • Shauna
    2019-03-11
    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, and there's nothing steamy or titillating here at all. The instances are either in the past, or in one case and someone comes home when they've been out at night. Ins...
  • Natalie
    2019-02-23
    2.5 stars, rounded up to 3What 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 care for:- The fact that Alex and Eloise had been in love as children made their reunion as adults seem really instalove-y- For a Christian novel, there was a surprising amount of s...
  • Kav
    2019-04-04
    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 subject I've done my utmost to avoid both in school and in life. :-)So I wasn't certain if I'd be able to relate to a math whiz heroine but Eloise won my heart in record ...
  • Martha
    2019-03-03
    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 history. She knocks it out of the park with the history of an event that we don't know that much about. Water is the theme in all three books, and it continues here. The cha...
  • Tamara
    2019-03-26
    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 accountant for the group headed to Duval Springs, and Alex is the mayor of Duval Springs is desperate to find a way to save his city. This book reminded me of the first b...
  • MJSH
    2019-01-23
    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 book made the history come alive with memorable characters, vivid descriptions of a small village struggling against change and loss, and a well-crafted plot. If you e...
  • Tressa (Wishful Endings)
    2019-02-26
    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 main characters as they try to navigate being on opposite sides of each other and then work to save this town. There are plenty of twists, a little danger, and a d...
  • Melissa
    2019-03-05
    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 elements were good and it was exciting to wonder if Alex would be able to save his beloved town in some way shape or form. I had a suspicion early on of the culprit wh...
  • Kay (aka) Miss Bates
    2019-02-13
    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 inspirational (which was fairly “light” to begin with) and towards “Americana” à la Deeanne Gist. (I loved Gist’s Tiffany Girl, but haven’t seen anything from...
  • Kate (The Shelf Life)
    2019-02-25
    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 epidemic within Against the Tide. The details were phenomenal and made me want to research more it.A Desperate Hope, Book 3 of the Empire State series, focused on ...
  • Rebecca
    2019-02-08
    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 driven her overprotective guardian to banish her broken heart to a remote convent in Arizona. That was then. This was now. The grown up version of Alex, currently the mayor...
  • Laura
    2019-02-20
    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 the valley for the purpose of building a new reservoir. To her dismay, the valley is the same one she spent many hours watching from the home of her guardian high upon th...
  • Molly Jaber (Cover To Cover Cafe)
    2019-03-17
    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.
  • Abbi
    2019-02-03
    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 something even stronger. They had extremely differing personalities, one who was all about order and security, and one who loved adventure and risk, but they balanced each ot...
  • Clare O'Beara
    2019-05-04
    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. Work, when available, tends to be the back-breaking kind. Women hold responsible positions and make decisions affecting the lives of others. Our guides to the opp...
  • Diane Estrella
    2019-04-23
    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 history involved in this book (which is a specialty of the authors) but also a lot of technical, tedious, mechanical talk that was associated with the storyline, but becam...
  • Lisa Johnson
    2019-04-01
    Title: A Desperate Hope (An Empire State Novel #3)Author: Elizabeth CamdenPages: e-bookDate: 2/5/19Publisher: Bethany HouseMy 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. She has longed for acceptance and a family her whole life. She is also a genius with numbers. She is one of only six female CPAs in the entire state of New York in the early 1...
  • Christian Fiction Addiction
    2019-03-31
    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 greatly enjoyed journeying to Duval Springs and looking through the eyes of the town residents as they faced the destruction of their town to make way for the reservoir t...