30 September 2014

Review of Elizabeth Camden's "With Every Breath" - Will Make Best of 2014 List

With Every Breath By Elizabeth Camden

Bethany House (July, 2014)

Was Holding My Breath Till the End!
By Carrie Fancett Pagels
Kate Livingston and Trevor McDonough are two super competitive people who are meant to be together. High school rivals, his performance on a contest costs Kate a scholarship that she believes would have made her dreams come true. Wealthy Trevor could have afforded to have gone to school without any assistance which only intensifies Kate's dislike of the brooding teenager.  Fast forward about a decade. Widowed Kate is working in a boring clerical position when a medical researcher offers her the chance to engage in meaningful work.

What a surprise to find that her new employer will be Trevor, who is now using another name. He's still a prickly pear and Kate doesn't put up with a lot of his nonsense. He respects her. Their romance is the glue that holds this book together.

Kate's family owns a lovely rooming house for upper scale Washington D.C. tenants, including senators and their families. Wonderful cast of characters added a richness to the plot.

The secondary characters and subplots are all masterfully presented.  Wonderful story about the difficulties in treating tuberculosis in the 19th century. Very sad stuff but handled beautifully. I've grown up reading about t.b. and what it can do to you as it was a scourge even a few decades before I was born.

Highly recommend. Oh, and I loved the dog who adopted Trevor! I think he helped him more than the doctor helped the pet.

This book will make "best of" lists for 2014 I feel sure, including mine which it will definitely be on.  The pacing and the plot are seamless. And wonderful job of HEA ending that makes you want to read her next book. I'd love to read more about the characters in this story and wish it was part of a series.

I received my copy through NetGalley but this book is worth paying full price for. When you are done reading you will sigh in satisfaction over the excellent read!

Giveaway: We're giving away a copy of this book or any of Elizabeth's novels this week, winner's choice.  Leave a comment.

25 comments:

  1. I don't think I've read anything by Elizabeth, but this certainly sounds interesting! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    1. It's a lovely read, Patty! And you are very welcome! Have a blessed day!

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  2. Great review, Carrie! I love Camden's stories and can't wait to read this one. :-)

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    1. Such a beautifully rich story without bogging you down, Gwen! I think you'll love this one! Hugs!

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  3. Wonderful review, Carrie, and such high praise for this book!! Elizabeth is quite a writer, to be sure.

    My mom contracted tuberculosis when she was 21 years old. She had to stay in a sanitorium (not sanitarium) for a long while and had one lung taken out. She had a huge scar that radiated all across her back and chest. I felt so sorry for her. :( What a terrible thing for a very young lady to have to endure.

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    1. TY, sweet angel. Yes, Elizabeth Camden is talented!!!
      Oh Diana, that is so sad about your mom. What year was that? Where did she stay? Hugs!

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    2. In about 1947, Carrie. She never told me the name of the sanitorium, but I assume it was in Nebraska, unless they didn't have one there and she had to be sent to another state. Seven years later this girl was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Not the only reason, but glad she made it through or Diana would not be!

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  4. What a lovely review! I'm hooked for sure now, and can't wait to read it. Adding it to my ever-growing TO READ list! lol!
    Blessings!
    Kelly Y.
    kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

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    1. Hi Kelly, thanks! This is definitely worth reading. You won't regret it! Blessings!

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  5. Such a glowing review, Carrie!! I haven't read any of Elizabeth's books and certainly want to read a book that will be on your list of the best books of 2014, and also make me "hold my breath til the end"!!

    I love the story line!! There is a vacant building in my area that was a hospital for the care of TB patients. There have been documentaries on TV's the Travel Channel portraying it as being haunted.

    Thank you, Carrie!!

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    1. Bonnie, you have to read this.It is so good! That is sad about there being sanitarium near you. You have to try out Elizabeth Camden's books! Hugs!!!

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  6. Very nice review not too much to "ruin" the plot but enough to want to know what happens next :)
    Jking23(at)kent;dot)edu

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    1. Well, I tried to be careful, Jen, because I had an author friend upset with me because I gave away too much information lol! I do tend to do a lot of reviews with spoiler alerts. But not this one! :) TY!

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  7. This book sounds so interesting. I want to add it to my list to be read. Please enter me in the drawing.

    wwchildren at gmail dot com

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  8. This does sound like a'must read'. A wonderful review thank you.

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    1. Don't miss this one, Mary. TY for your kind words! Blessings!

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  9. Wonderful review Carrie!! Easy to see you really enjoyed it! Well, you've 'sold' me on it so I'll be putting this one on my TBR list. Thanks Carrie! :-)

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    1. Thanks so much, Noela! Yes, I really loved this. Is it available on Book Distributors? Hugs!

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  10. Would love to win. angelachesnut246@gmail.com

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    1. Angela, this was a super story and you will love it!

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  11. I love Elizabeth's books. Besides a wonderful story, the covers are always so beautiful. I'd love to win With Every Breath.
    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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  12. I love Elizabeth Camden books!!!! Need, need, NEED to get this one :) {{hugs}}

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    1. LOL Anne, I think you do need this one. About to send another late bday gift your way GF! Hugs!

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