Thursday, October 14, 2021

Carved in Stone (Blackstone Legacy #1)


Title:  Carved in Stone (Blackstone Legacy #1)

Author:  Elizabeth Camden

Pages:  352

Year:  2021

Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers

My rating is 3 out of 5 stars.

Patrick O’Neill is a lawyer who works for the poor Irish folks in and around his home.  His current client has a tell-all book about one of the wealthiest families in the nation, the Blackstones.  He is a former criminal, but allegedly has cleaned up his act. Patrick has navigated all the legalese for his client regarding publishing his book.  One day the door to his office opens and a beautiful woman enters.  She has been sent by the Blackstone family and tries to buy off his client in exchange for not publishing the book.  Patrick can’t stop thinking about her, but when he finds out her identity, the challenge begins.

Gwen (Blackstone) Kellerman is a young widow who teaches a botany class and lives at the university her father founded.  She plans to remain at the university for the rest of her life.  Her uncle, however, refuses to keep funding the university as it hasn’t made a profit since being founded.  Gwen will do anything to keep the university afloat.  If this tell-all book is published, it will taint the reputation of the university, making it harder to attract good faculty and students.  Gwen meets Patrick when she is tasked with trying to stop the book’s publication.  If she can do that, her uncle will fund the university for one more year.  The book will bring up a lot of terrible memories from the past, causing the family to relive a terrible time and grieve again.

Elizabeth Camden is one of my “must read” authors.  I so enjoy her historical fiction.  She picks such interesting careers or hobbies for her heroines.  I always learn about a topic that I’m not familiar with, so in addition to learning something, I get to enjoy a good story.  This novel, however, was not one of my favorites.  I didn’t feel emotionally connected to any of the characters.  I thought Gwen was too insecure and weak.  Patrick was just meh.  I do plan on reading the next book in the series and hope to enjoy it more.  I look forward to seeing what unique historical issue I get to learn about next!

Note:  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.

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