The Prince of Spies
Series: Hope and Glory #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date February 16, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Washington D.C. Progressive Era – US – 1890s – 1920s
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, DC. In reality, he is secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission is to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world.
But trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman's only daughter, whose job as a government photographer gives her unprecedented access to sites throughout the city. Luke is captivated by Marianne's quick wit and alluring charm, leading them both into a dangerous gamble to reconcile their feelings for each other with Luke's driving passion for vital reforms in Congress.
Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Spice King, A Gilded Lady
From the suspenseful opening sentence to the triumphal ending, The Prince of Spies had me captivated. Romeo and Juliet and Don Quixote blend in Elizabeth Camden’s unique style in this wonderful conclusion to the Hope and Glory series. Each book infuses fascinating historical tidbits in the telling of the stories of the Delacroix siblings. If you have not yet read the others in the series, you will want to before continuing this review to avoid the spoilers.
I have been anxiously waiting to hear the rest of Luke’s story. Unlike his solemn older brother, Gray, Luke was full of passion and fire. He was a man who didn’t do things halfway. Serious about his causes, he did all he could to right the wrongs of the world. Mostly recovered from his stint in the Cuban prison, he embarked on a crusade to protect an unsuspecting public from the poisons injected into the foods they eat. Luke had a very sensitive side, as well, which caused him embarrassment when he would turn into a “water pot” at emotional moments.
Marianne was delightful! Courageous and determined. We are introduced to her when she staged a daring rescue that almost cost Luke and her their lives! I admired her dedication to her family despite their many faults and even more so, her desire to do what is good and right.
I loved The Poison Squad, as they had dubbed themselves! Their theatrics, teasing, and antics had me grinning. But they weren’t only about fun and games – they were dedicated to the food trials they underwent and also had each others’ backs. I was unaware that such a group of men existed in our country’s past.
The Prince of Spies is far from dry, dusty history. In addition to the romance, it is full of intrigue and light-hearted moments. Readers of historical fiction will want to be sure to read this fascinating series.