A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden: Book Review

Wow!!! A 5 🌟 for the conclusion of this amazing trilogy by Elizabeth Camden!!


In A Desperate Hope (An Empire State Novel Book 3) Elizabeth creates an imperfect town of people who have one thing in common, their love for Duval Springs.

Historical Note from the back of the book: Duval Springs is a fictional town modeled on the collective experience of several towns that were dismantled to build the Ashokan Reservoir. Some of the smaller towns relocated on higher ground but most took their payout and moved to nearby villages.

In this historical Novel, Duval Springs fights to stay put and save their town. In an authentic manner that only Camden can fashion she adds a mystery, murder, a romance of two imperfect polar people who stand in opposite sides of this chaotic battle, and so many twists that I couldn’t put the book down! Brace yourself my friends for your heart will accelerate in this adventurous novel! At least mine did in some of the suspenseful moments and my nails are also shorter from biting into them 😉! At times I found myself cheering the town on and smiling at their indiscretions and at other moments I felt torn between the different conflicts. I had never felt so human as my heart soar in delight with this delicious gem that cozily wrapped up the series.

Although people from the second book appear, there are no spoiler alerts or confusions making it a great standalone.  In fact each historical novel in this trilogy has its own unique story that does not interfere with the other. 💕

Without further ado I present to you:

A Desperate Hope (An Empire State Novel Book 3)


Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she’s finally put behind her–or so she thinks. A mathematical genius, she’s now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town–but he needs Eloise’s help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them before it’s too late.

Disclosure: It was an honor to have been selected for Elizabeth Camden’s first launch team! I was given a copy of the book but was not paid to give a good review making this review my honest heart-felt opinion.


6 thoughts on “A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden: Book Review

  1. Thank you! 💕
    It’s been a couple of weeks of sickness. First my toddler had the flu and an ear infection then the following week my oldest had a strep throat! It’s been crazy but it’s good to be back! 💕 🌹I hope you are doing well?


  2. I’m hanging in there. More doctors and surgery. (my arthritis caught up with me 😀) I’m so sorry to hear that your children were so ill. It’s so hard on them. Especially that they prefer to be active and having fun. I’m glad that it’s behind them. Hugs and kisses to all of you! Mary 😊❤❤❤

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  3. Thank you 💕. It was tough but it doesn’t sound like you have been having a picnic either! Take care and keep me posted on your surgery. Arthritis is terrible during this season! Praying for your pain!


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