Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.
From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?
Anna O'Brien works in the hallowed Library of Congress. She is a librarian and researches questions related to maps. Her father was a map maker who had been mapping the ocean floor when the navy vessel he was on disappeared. That was 15 years ago and she has now stumbled on an error in the report of what happened to that ship, the Culpepper. She brings it to the Navy's attention, thinking they would be glad to know of it and work to correct the error, but instead is told to mind her own business. The more she pokes around the more feathers are ruffled, but what are they really trying to hide?
Luke Callahan has come from a wild, dysfunctional family in Maine who struck it rich when precious gems were found on their land. He is determined to make something of himself and make a difference in the world and he seems to be achieving his dream, until scandal erupts and his chances for reelection look tenuous at best.
These two are polar opposites, yet when they join forces to find out once and for all what happened to her fathers ship, sparks fly. Anna never expected to marry and if she did she would have to give up her beloved Library of Congress job. Luke has unresolved family issues that come to the forefront even as his job becomes increasingly stressful.
This is the best book yet by Elizabeth Camden. I've thoroughly enjoyed them all, especially the last couple but this one is even better. There's more depth to the characters, more surprising twists, and an underlying theme of forgiveness that is powerful. Two thumbs up! Five stars!
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