Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.

Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

As always with an Elizabeth Camden book, there's lots to learn about this period in history. The Delacroix family imports spices. I love all the history and interesting details about that industry portrayed here. Annabelle Larkin works for the Smithsonion in a botanical area, preserving plants and seeds from around the world. She is tasked with convincing Grey Delacroix to hand over a very rare speciman. 

The beginning of the relationship is a series of rather humorous letters back and forth between Annabelle and Grey. That lightens up what could be a fairly heavy story. We not only follow what's happening with these two main characters but also Grey's younger sister and brother. There's a lot going on!

I enjoyed the story, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. My only complaint was that sometimes all the details and storylines happening all at once sort of slowed the book down, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this book to any historical fiction lover!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


  1. Elizabeth Camden
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    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden ( is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest...
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