Carved in Stone
Series: The Blackstone Legacy #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date August 31, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Inspirational Fiction, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Gwen Kellerman is an heiress to the infamous Blackstone family, whose history of scandal nearly destroyed her. She now lives a quiet life at the idyllic college founded with her family's fortune and hopes to keep the tragedies of her past safely behind her.
Patrick O'Neill survived a hardscrabble youth to become a lawyer for the downtrodden Irish immigrants in his community. He's proud of his work, even though he struggles to afford his ramshackle law office. All that changes when he accepts a case to challenge the Blackstones' legacy of greed and corruption by resurrecting a thirty-year-old mystery.
Little does Patrick suspect that the Blackstones will launch their most sympathetic family member to derail him. Gwen is tasked with getting Patrick to drop the case, but the old mystery takes a shocking twist neither of them saw coming. Now, as they navigate a burgeoning attraction, Patrick is the only one who can save Gwen from new danger on the horizon.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I have come to expect learning interesting tidbits of scientific progress during the Progressive Era when reading books by Elizabeth Camden. Her knack for weaving history with fiction in a compelling manner makes learning these things a pleasure.
Patrick and Gwen were separated by centuries of wealth and prejudice. He was a poor Irish immigrant lawyer, representing the down and out. She was an affluent heiress who, though she had experienced grief and betrayal, had always known a world of luxury. Admittedly, he was more prejudiced against her family than she was about his background. His pride almost caused him to lose out…
The complete cast of intriguing characters, each with ample means, motive, and opportunity to be responsible for the murder attempts perpetrated on Patrick’s client, left me wondering who the culprit could be until right before he was revealed.
One of my favorite characters, though he only appears through telegrams and discussions about him, was Count Dimitri. I won’t spoil him for you other than telling you that his dramatic and idiosyncratic tendencies made me laugh. I do hope he will appear in future Blackstones stories!
Dealing with unions, attempts to prevent the merger of the nation’s largest steel companies into U.S. Steel, and the development of a serum to treat tetanus, Carved in Stone makes history come alive.
If you enjoy historical fiction, you won’t want to miss Carved in Stone!