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Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appoi Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately attracted to Caroline's quick wit and undeniable charm, but his job leaves no room for distractions. Anarchist plots have led to mounting threats against the president, forcing him to put duty before his growing love for Caroline. Amid the glamorous pageantry of Guilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel face danger and heartbreak that shakes them to their core and tests all they know about love and sacrifice.


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Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appoi Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately attracted to Caroline's quick wit and undeniable charm, but his job leaves no room for distractions. Anarchist plots have led to mounting threats against the president, forcing him to put duty before his growing love for Caroline. Amid the glamorous pageantry of Guilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel face danger and heartbreak that shakes them to their core and tests all they know about love and sacrifice.

30 review for A Gilded Lady

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    The Gilded Lady is book two in the Hope and Glory series, Elizabeth Camden's newest series. I absolutely adored book one, The Spice King, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of book two! The Hope and Glory series follows three siblings--Gray, Luke, and Caroline Delacroix. Of course, the sibling aspect has major appeal to me. This book follows Caroline's story and picks up either directly after Gray's story, or even a little before. It continues Luke's story from book one, and the suspense of that The Gilded Lady is book two in the Hope and Glory series, Elizabeth Camden's newest series. I absolutely adored book one, The Spice King, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of book two! The Hope and Glory series follows three siblings--Gray, Luke, and Caroline Delacroix. Of course, the sibling aspect has major appeal to me. This book follows Caroline's story and picks up either directly after Gray's story, or even a little before. It continues Luke's story from book one, and the suspense of that storyline had me on the edge of my seat! I loved the sibling relationships and loyalty. Caroline is a very intriguing character, much different from me, but I found her relatable nonetheless. Her job as the first lady's secretary was fascinating to read about and I loved the history aspect. Nathaniel Trask, Caroline's counterpart, was also a very well-rounded and interesting character. His strong moral compass and sense of duty was endearing, even if you did want to slap him on occasion. I love the pacing of Camden's romances, particularly in this series. The characters fall in love relatively early in the series, but it never feels rushed or unrealistic. The ups and downs the relationship goes through throughout the rest of the book is also very realistic and makes for some heartbreaking moments as well as some comedy. Camden's sense of humor that shines through in both her descriptions and word choices as well as her characters is one of the things that makes her books so fantastic! Another thing is the rich history Camden includes. I always learn something from her novels, without ever feeling like I'm getting a dry history lesson. The up-close view of McKinley's presidency was fascinating, and knowing Camden's books, I can count on the historical information to be entirely accurate and completely researched. Caroline and Nathaniel's story wraps up, leaving the opening for the continuation of Luke's story in book three, which I will be eagerly anticipating! If you love rich historical fiction with deep characters and sweet romance, you definitely need to check out the Hope and Glory series! I cannot recommend Camden's book enough. FTC Dislocsure; I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley for promotional purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    Now while this is the second book in the Hope and Glory series and it can be read alone please do yourself a huge favor and read book number one and the upcoming book three as well. You'll love yourself for it and have a clearer understanding of the story as it progresses. After discovering this author's books she has become an automatic must buy with each new publication . No matter the historical subject she chooses to write about she goes about it fully armed with exquisitely done research whic Now while this is the second book in the Hope and Glory series and it can be read alone please do yourself a huge favor and read book number one and the upcoming book three as well. You'll love yourself for it and have a clearer understanding of the story as it progresses. After discovering this author's books she has become an automatic must buy with each new publication . No matter the historical subject she chooses to write about she goes about it fully armed with exquisitely done research which I absolutely love. In my opinion the more detail historically given about a subject the better. I love to learn from what I read and her historical fiction is chock full of unknown to me information which is always fascinating to learn. Historically accurate to the time period you will appreciate being thrown back to a time period without cell phones to distract us, where people actually talk face to face to come up with a solution. The character development is genuine and you will definitely be in for some surprises you hadn't seen coming as you progress in your reading of the book. You may want to shout a warning to a few characters for the actions they are about to take, if only they could hear you though! Faith,adventure,heartbreak,danger and intrigue await your reading within these pages, so what are you waiting for, start reading now! Anxiously awaiting the next book in the series! Published June 2nd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers. I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    *Que all the happiness* I just adore Elizabeth Camden’s books! And how did I miss the first book in her series Hope and Glory? I definitely intend to pick that book up soon! Thankfully, most of her books can be read as standalone novels. A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden introduces Miss Caroline Delacroix, the secretary and assistant of sorts to the First Lady of the United States in the year 1900. The first lady is quite a handful and Caroline is the only one who can handle her. But she has a s *Que all the happiness* I just adore Elizabeth Camden’s books! And how did I miss the first book in her series Hope and Glory? I definitely intend to pick that book up soon! Thankfully, most of her books can be read as standalone novels. A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden introduces Miss Caroline Delacroix, the secretary and assistant of sorts to the First Lady of the United States in the year 1900. The first lady is quite a handful and Caroline is the only one who can handle her. But she has a secret in her family, a dangerous one that could cost her brother his life. Now enter Nathaniel Trask. He is not head of security and it is lacking, but his uptight behavior is tested as his love for Caroline grows. He can’t afford to be distracted in his line of work. What can I say? I loved this book. Caroline is SAUCY and I love her. She is unapologetically herself and I want her to be my best friend. Why is she a fictional character? Nathaniel is the talk, serious, brooding type—and I love him too. Their chemistry is fantastic and their passion for standing up for what it right is also wonderful. BUT. Do not get me started on the historical detail. It is perfect!!! It is my absolutely favorite part. I love how social issues pertaining to the time are brought up and real-life historical figures are brought up. I am a fan of Theodore Roosevelt. This book is just an utter delight from beginning to end. 5 lovely stars for this lovely book!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    I loved the first book in the series, but this book was even better with more suspense and a closer look at the inner workings of President McKinley's presidency. Getting a glimpse into the first lady, Ida McKinley's, life was quite interesting. She definitely was a recluse due to seizures and could often lose her temper over trivial matters. McKinley seemed very understanding and loving with her in private. This book focuses on Caroline Delacroix, Ida's social secretary, one of Gray Delacroix's I loved the first book in the series, but this book was even better with more suspense and a closer look at the inner workings of President McKinley's presidency. Getting a glimpse into the first lady, Ida McKinley's, life was quite interesting. She definitely was a recluse due to seizures and could often lose her temper over trivial matters. McKinley seemed very understanding and loving with her in private. This book focuses on Caroline Delacroix, Ida's social secretary, one of Gray Delacroix's twin siblings. The male lead is Nathaniel Trask who is a secret service member assigned to the White House. The connection between these two opposites causes sparks to shoot even though they often don't agree on things. The main minor character is Luke, Caroline's twin, who has been arrested in Cuba for insurgency with the Cuban rebels and may be hung for treason to the US as they try to rebuild Cuba after the Spanish American war. With lots of hints that there may be more to Luke's role than what is obvious, a nice suspense thread weaves throughout the storyline. Camden does an excellent job of weaving the history of McKinley's presidency throughout the plot without taking away from the other plot lines. I knew little about McKinley's assassination and this story gave a clear picture of what actually happened. Excellent book and I anxiously look forward to the last book in the series which will focus on Caroline's twin, Luke. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Memories crowded as she watched him walk away. They had been living in a gilded age but hadn’t realized it until it was over…Her heart was full to the breaking point, for echoes of that gilded age would live with her forever.” In A Gilded Lady, the second installment of her Hope and Glory series, award-winning author Elizabeth Camden creates a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with faith, romance, and patriotism. Elizabeth Camden is a master at Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations “Memories crowded as she watched him walk away. They had been living in a gilded age but hadn’t realized it until it was over…Her heart was full to the breaking point, for echoes of that gilded age would live with her forever.” In A Gilded Lady, the second installment of her Hope and Glory series, award-winning author Elizabeth Camden creates a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with faith, romance, and patriotism. Elizabeth Camden is a master at taking relatively unknown parts of history, such as the presidency of William McKinley and the revamping of the Secret Service, and weaving an intriguing tale of politics, treason, and sacrifice. Portions of this storyline run concurrently with events from The Spice King, the first book in the series, so it is helpful to have read it prior to reading A Gilded Lady to get the full backstory of the characters. After the assassination of a foreign head of state, charming and strong-willed Caroline Delacroix, secretary to the First Lady, and rule-following Nathaniel Trask, the new head of the president’s Secret Service, find themselves working in close quarters together at the White House. Meanwhile, Caroline is also on a mission to save her beloved twin brother Luke from charges of treason. Elizabeth Camden is one of my go-to authors for historical fiction, and her Hope and Glory series is my favorite of hers. The Spice King was on my Top 10 List of 2019, but I enjoyed A Gilded Lady even more! The intriguing characters and action-filled storyline will keep readers captivated until the very last page. “Yes, Luke had always been the naughty one, but he was also charming and generous...He had demons inside, and it was anyone’s guess if he’d be strong enough to conquer them now that he had a new lease on life.” Ever since reading the first book in the series, Caroline’s brother Luke Delacroix has captured my interest with his charming personality, his recklessness, and his powerful determination and strength. His portrayal in A Gilded Lady has solidified his place as a favorite character of mine. Now I am eagerly anticipating Luke’s story in the third book in the series, The Prince of Spies. A Gilded Lady is highly recommended for readers of historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. “While her corner of the world was shrouded in darkness, she needed to remember that somewhere the sun was shining.”

  6. 5 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    US First Lady’s secretary Caroline Delacroix is struggling with her twin brother Luke’s serious problems while working night and day. Secret Service agent Nathaniel Trask is suspicious of her, but has a hard time focusing because he is intensely attracted to her. As danger intensifies for the First Couple, Caroline and Nathaniel co-operates to deal with challenging and threatening situations. A Gilded Lady is Book #2 in the Hope and Glory Series by Elizabeth Camden set in 1900s White House life. US First Lady’s secretary Caroline Delacroix is struggling with her twin brother Luke’s serious problems while working night and day. Secret Service agent Nathaniel Trask is suspicious of her, but has a hard time focusing because he is intensely attracted to her. As danger intensifies for the First Couple, Caroline and Nathaniel co-operates to deal with challenging and threatening situations. A Gilded Lady is Book #2 in the Hope and Glory Series by Elizabeth Camden set in 1900s White House life. The series focuses on siblings Grey, Caroline and Luke Delacroix. While book #1 The Spice King focused on Grey, book #2 is about Caroline who serves as secretary to the US First Lady. Caroline and Nathaniel get to know each other better while on the adventure of a lifetime as well as a security nightmare. The plots with elements of technical inventions mixed in very enjoyably stand out and have made Elizabeth Camden one of my go-to authors for years. Reading A Gilded Lady as a standalone would work perfectly, but picking up book #1 The Spice King would give you a great background and details of the story running through the series. Main character Caroline Delacroix comes across as a stubborn, entitled and manipulating character. She irritated me all through book #1 The Spice King, but I was pleased to see she goes through an impressive personal development throughout A Gilded Lady. She becomes stronger both in faith and character as she develops from a girl into a woman. She is my favorite of this story. Secondary character Nathaniel Trask, US Secret Service agent is honorable and rule-conscious but maybe slightly boring. He carries his very own secret that constantly weighs on his mind, and I kept wishing he could ease up a bit in between all the stress of his work. He has a good influence on Caroline as he encourages her to make good decisions. There is a distinct faith element to the A Gilded Lady. The characters pray for support throughout. Caroline particularly expresses her faith in her dialogue with Nathaniel. Theirs is a slow burn romance totally in keeping with the intensity of the plot. I really enjoyed the balance of it all, where drama was allowed to take center stage while the romance part was made room for in the more quiet parts. A Gilded Lady is the exiting and entertaining new work from Elizabeth Camden set in the 1900s life in and around the White House. The writing of A Gilded Lady I found vivid and captivating as it expertly drew me into the plot. My favorite part was the exiting separate storyline carried through from book #1 The Spice King, and I can’t wait to see what happens next for Luke. The ending of A Gilded Lady I felt was well crafted in a way that solved a bit of the most immediate problems of the plot with a surprising twist, while still leaving enough loose ends to be dealt with in the next installment. Fans of Elizabeth Camden’s other work will love A Gilded Lady, as will readers of historical romance fiction. Similar authors to explore might be Rachel Hauck or Michelle Griep. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley for this eARC which gave me the opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. My rating: 4 stars / 5 Main reasons: Exciting plot, excellent research and vivid writing.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    I loved all the history in A Gilded Lady. The novel begins in 1900. Caroline Delacroix is serving as secretary to the First Lady, Ida McKinley. It was interesting to see the events that occurred and the role of assisting the First Lady. While the history was wonderful, I wasn't enamored with the romance or the main male character, Nathaniel Trask. Overall, it was an engaging novel and I look forward to the third in the series and reading Luke's story.

  8. 4 out of 5

    MJSH

    "We can't control the seasons in our lives, only how we respond to them. God planted eternity in our hearts, a longing to find meaning in the world." Elizabeth Camden has an uncanny ability to make history come alive through her writing as she perfectly melds historical events with beautifully crafted fiction. This second book in the Hope and Glory series takes the readers to a completely different world from agriculture, spice procurement, and world traveling found in the first book The Spice Ki "We can't control the seasons in our lives, only how we respond to them. God planted eternity in our hearts, a longing to find meaning in the world." Elizabeth Camden has an uncanny ability to make history come alive through her writing as she perfectly melds historical events with beautifully crafted fiction. This second book in the Hope and Glory series takes the readers to a completely different world from agriculture, spice procurement, and world traveling found in the first book The Spice King to the glittering and dangerous world of domestic and international politics found at the White House during the McKinley administration. The series should really be read in order because the heroine's motivation for her actions stems from what happened at the end of the first book. Infused with fascinating historical details, deeply-layered and complex characters, surprising turns in the plot, and gentle reminders about God's forgiveness and His timing, A Gilded Lady will captivate your heart and mind. It's a must-read for any fans of historical fiction. Caroline, our heroine, is a privileged society lady who becomes the First Lady's secretary and works tirelessly to help Mrs. McKinley, mostly out of love and duty but also to try to gain a presidential pardon for her twin brother sitting in a Cuban jail. She's fun, organized, utterly charming and delightful but is weighed down by her fractured family. Nathaniel is the top counterfeit detective in the Secret Service assigned to revamp the president's security detail. As a somber, diligent, dedicated rule-follower he clashes completely with Caroline but neither can help the attraction nor the friendship that blooms between them. Caroline and Nathaniel are quite engaging, as is their relationship. Through their eyes, I learned a lot about the McKinleys and felt like I was right there with them through the presidential campaign and their country-wide tour. Now I'm holding my breath for book 3 The Prince of Spies to learn more about Caroline's elusive twin brother Luke! I received a copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers and author; I was under no obligation to post a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This is a romance set in the 1900/1901 Gilded Age backdrop of the McKinley administration. This second book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden follows Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the job of secretary to a somewhat difficult First Lady, Ida McKinley. Ms. Camden takes us behind the scenes of the White House and its workings. Not only does Caroline have to juggle her consuming responsibilities with some political intrigue involving one of her brothers, but she has to weigh her This is a romance set in the 1900/1901 Gilded Age backdrop of the McKinley administration. This second book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden follows Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the job of secretary to a somewhat difficult First Lady, Ida McKinley. Ms. Camden takes us behind the scenes of the White House and its workings. Not only does Caroline have to juggle her consuming responsibilities with some political intrigue involving one of her brothers, but she has to weigh her feelings for the head of security, Nathaniel Trask. Nathaniel has a lot on his shoulders protecting the President of the United States and he must not let the distraction of Caroline jeopardize his mission. Yet they can’t deny that they rely on one another for support in their respective jobs. When things look bleak, Caroline counsels Nathaniel: “You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven. You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you have given yourself. None of us are perfect. We stumble and fall and make mistakes time and again, but we can’t wallow in failure. Someday we have to accept God’s grace to stand up and try again.” Not only is this an interesting slice of history, this book informs and encourages us to see ourselves as God sees us. The cover of this novel is sumptuous and intriguing, for you can glimpse the profile of brother Gray in the mirror. I have seen the cover for the third book Prince of Spies and that cover also fits perfectly. I cannot wait for the story of twin brother, Luke. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    The Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden is the perfect blend of history, romance and intrigue. It's going on my list of favorite books of the year! Caroline Delacroix is a fun-loving socialite who comes to life in her role as secretary to demanding First Lady Ida McKinley. She's a hard worker, but complete opposite of strait-laced rule-follower Nathaniel Trask. He's on temporary assignment to the Secret Service to improve White House and presidential security. Let the sparks start flying! Their amusi The Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden is the perfect blend of history, romance and intrigue. It's going on my list of favorite books of the year! Caroline Delacroix is a fun-loving socialite who comes to life in her role as secretary to demanding First Lady Ida McKinley. She's a hard worker, but complete opposite of strait-laced rule-follower Nathaniel Trask. He's on temporary assignment to the Secret Service to improve White House and presidential security. Let the sparks start flying! Their amusing banter had me laughing, "I only have eighteen inches of wardrobe space in the ladies dorm," she defended. "I can hear the angels weep." Camden gives readers a glimpse into life in the White House at the turn of the century and a behind the scenes view of the inner workings of the Secret Service. In typical Camden style, both insider views were so fascinating I found myself looking up facts surrounding each historical event. One of my favorite lines was Caroline's affirming declaration, "You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven. You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you're giving yourself." The overall theme of the story is found in two quotes, "Forever is now only today." and "Any day could be our last, but God never promised more. Only a time to weep and a time to laugh. A time to mourn and a time to dance...". These thought provoking quotes are an encouragement to not spend life always planning to live and putting things off, but to truly live each and every day to its fullest. An added bonus to the already wonderful story was the suspense and intrigue surrounding Caroline's brother Luke. He is the epitome of the mischievous bad boy character turned good and I can't wait for his story to unfold in The Prince of Spies next year. I appreciate an ecopy of The Gilded Lady being made available by Bethany House Publishers through Netgalley. All thoughts and opinions are my very own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    This book is pure delight! Elizabeth Camden is truly an exceptional author. I believe part of the reason is that she weaves the mundane into her story -- in the case of "A Gilded Lady", it was the intricacies of working in the White House and within the Secret Service. And, sure, this seems like signing up for an adventure but Caroline actually gets bored to death as soon as the new head of security Nathaniel Trask starts listing all the ways an assassin or anarchist can sneak into government pre This book is pure delight! Elizabeth Camden is truly an exceptional author. I believe part of the reason is that she weaves the mundane into her story -- in the case of "A Gilded Lady", it was the intricacies of working in the White House and within the Secret Service. And, sure, this seems like signing up for an adventure but Caroline actually gets bored to death as soon as the new head of security Nathaniel Trask starts listing all the ways an assassin or anarchist can sneak into government premises. Nathaniel loves nothing more than breaking the latest criminal scheme. But charming and pompous Caroline Delacroix. might be an unsolvable mystery. He is sure she is hiding something and doesn't trust her. Nevertheless, her grit and courage to face off the president, his wife, and an army general when needed also prove a heart more beautiful than any of the jewelry she loves to adorn herself with. Now to impatiently wait for Luke's story and hope Philip will also get a book ;-) *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    Now this is the second book in this series that I have read, and this is Caroline's story, and what an amazing one, and yes, it helps to have read the first book, but you could read this one alone It is historical in nature, so I knew part of the outcome, and unfortunately the past can't be changed! Caroline is now working in the White House as a secretary to First Lady, Ida McKinley, and she is working constantly, she will make you breathless. They sure seemed to have a love hate relationship, b Now this is the second book in this series that I have read, and this is Caroline's story, and what an amazing one, and yes, it helps to have read the first book, but you could read this one alone It is historical in nature, so I knew part of the outcome, and unfortunately the past can't be changed! Caroline is now working in the White House as a secretary to First Lady, Ida McKinley, and she is working constantly, she will make you breathless. They sure seemed to have a love hate relationship, but I could just picture some of the things that went on, like putting on make-up and getting ready for galas and meetings. If you read the first book, you will remember her brother Luke, and maybe his book is coming, but he is in dire circumstances here. There are some surprises that come to light, a bit of romance, and a theme of forgiveness! I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Another wonderful book by Elizabeth Camden. I truly love her writing style and her ability to bring the characters from the Gilded Age to life so that we may come to know them in their element. I know that this is going to sound crazy but I think that Ida McKinley is my favorite first lady. I think the reason is because she's so misunderstood. She can't help her medical condition. Some think she's selfish and self absorbed. I really don't think so. I found her quite interesting! I liked this cou Another wonderful book by Elizabeth Camden. I truly love her writing style and her ability to bring the characters from the Gilded Age to life so that we may come to know them in their element. I know that this is going to sound crazy but I think that Ida McKinley is my favorite first lady. I think the reason is because she's so misunderstood. She can't help her medical condition. Some think she's selfish and self absorbed. I really don't think so. I found her quite interesting! I liked this couple because their relationship reminds me of my in laws. Such opposites attract. I loved the President's personality. HIs love for life and people. I enjoyed in getting to know this special couple. Two of my other favorites are of course Nathaniel and Caroline. I've never witnessed a better team than they were! Life has a way of changing all of us does it not? Some for better or worse. I think it's how we approach it. A verse from Ephesians is in here and it's a gentle reminder that life is always changing. It never stays the same. Always tell someone you love them because tomorrow isn't promised. I like that reminder. I only wished I could have told my mom but I think in her own understanding she knew that I loved her. We just had a weird way of showing it to each other Just so you know that counterfeit runs very rampant in even today's times. It's never a good thing. I've ran into counterfeit money only a couple of times. It's a wonder I didn't lose my job or that I had to pay it back! However; I did learn my lesson the hard way. I do highly recommend a box of tissue by your side because there are some spots in this book that will make you cry. I'm not normally a crier but wow! This sure did! Lots of espionage, secrecy, murder, mystery and romance included in this wonderful tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more, more! I love that in a book. She also kept me guessing until the very end of the book and I definitely love those types of books! I took my time to read this book because I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to savor this book but it still ended too quickly and now I have to wait for the third book waaaaaaaa! I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars. It really does deserve it! I highly recommend this book and be sure to keep a box of tissues beside you because you'll need them! My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline de A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason. Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline despite his overwhelming attraction to her quick wit and undeniable charm. Desperate to keep the president protected, Nathaniel must battle to keep his focus fully on his job as the threat to the president rises. Amid the glamorous pageantry of Gilded Age Washington, DC, Caroline and Nathaniel will face adventure, danger, and heartbreak in a race against time that will span the continent and the depth of human emotion. Impressions: Much of the book was not so much about romance but of the early life of presidential security and an inside perspective of caring for the McKinley’s. It was interesting and fun to imagine. Much of the drama was also focused on Caroline’s brother Luke. Luke was in a pickle and made a big impact on the events of this story. Liked: I enjoyed the historical adventure of this book. Didn't like: I did not enjoy the romance storyline as much. Caroline and Nathaniel were in nature private and reserved leaving much to be desired for a romance reader. I did not and still don’t think the original spark of Caroline and Nathaniel was enough. I thought their first kiss to be a letdown and surprise for both of their character's demeanors. Learned: People are people at the heart of things. No matter how high up or down low someone may seem to be we are all human. Mr. McKinley seemed to be quite tuned in to his wife which was sweet considering all that he was managing at the time. Quotes: “I know it will be hard, but it’s the hard things in life that make us most proud.” “When times get tough, you get tougher.” I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review shared here.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    4.5 stars! In whatever creative historical profession Camden comes up with for her heroines, I can expect to learn something, but this book showed me just how ignorant I am about our president, first lady, and what goes on in the White House. While I knew vaguely that there had to be a lot of people behind the scenes of the White House, I now have a much greater appreciation for all the people who keep the country's administration running smoothly. I never imagined how much work there could be, 4.5 stars! In whatever creative historical profession Camden comes up with for her heroines, I can expect to learn something, but this book showed me just how ignorant I am about our president, first lady, and what goes on in the White House. While I knew vaguely that there had to be a lot of people behind the scenes of the White House, I now have a much greater appreciation for all the people who keep the country's administration running smoothly. I never imagined how much work there could be, especially in little things, like sending thank you cards to every town that rang their bells as the McKinleys' train passed through. And again, while I knew that McKinley was one of the assassinated presidents and that Roosevelt succeeded him, that was about it. I hadn't known anything about the first lady, or really anything that characterized the McKinley administration. This was an entertaining peek into our country's past. I really liked Caroline. She is not without her faults--she's even very aware of them--but she's classy, bold, and unintimidated by the authorities and powers she works with daily. She's a woman who knows how to get things done, and though she struggles with temper and unforgiveness, she is willing to love a difficult (and for some, nigh-unlovable) woman and has a heart for immigrants. Nathaniel's sense of order and justice are a stark contrast to her general disregard for the rules, but they temper each other nicely. Overall, it was a highly satisfying read, loaded with intrigue, romance, and history. I greatly look forward to Luke's story in the next book! Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Edwards

    The setting for this novel is lush and vibrant. I know very little about the presidency, especially McKinley’s, but I feel as if I learned a lot. From the incredible preparations for state dinners and inaugurations, to security techniques and precautions of the day, to the way the White House staff lived in dormitory-style housing, readers are transported to another time for sure. I found it both made me glad to live today and a bit nostalgic for what was a simpler time for most people. Caroline The setting for this novel is lush and vibrant. I know very little about the presidency, especially McKinley’s, but I feel as if I learned a lot. From the incredible preparations for state dinners and inaugurations, to security techniques and precautions of the day, to the way the White House staff lived in dormitory-style housing, readers are transported to another time for sure. I found it both made me glad to live today and a bit nostalgic for what was a simpler time for most people. Caroline is a strong female character, perhaps one of the strongest that I have recently read. She is determined, passionate, and even ruthless in her pursuit of what she wants, yet she maintains a femininity that keeps her relatable. I also liked how Nathaniel recognizes the differences between arrogance and her fierce determination; we all need someone who sees us as we truly are rather than painting us with a wide brush. Nathaniel is a wounded hero and I loved him for it. Tragedy marks his life, and makes him reluctant to be responsible for others even as he is amazing at his job, limiting what he feels like he can do when others see potential for much greater assignments. I enjoyed being inside his head as he observed those around him, feeling like I was able to view history through a real set of eyes. The romance between them is a slow build, but with hints of chemistry throughout. Mostly an opposites attract kind of relationship, the way these two interact make for compelling and gorgeous moments all along the way rather than making the reader wait until the end for a big emotional payoff. I enjoyed it all the way through. With outstanding historical detail and a swoon-worthy romance, I highly recommend this novel for those who enjoy romance or who have an interest in the history of the US presidency. Fans of light suspense or family drama will also find this a worthwhile read, and it is a given that fans of Camden cannot pass this up. I do recommend reading the first book in the Hope and Glory series before this one as many minor threads carry through, but readers can understand the majority of the story without having done so. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher but was under no obligation to post positive remarks. The opinions expressed are both honest and my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jaquelyn Scroggie

    I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I first met Caroline in The Spice King, and could not wait to get to know her more. Being the first lady’s secretary seems so glamorous, but once I read more about it, it did not sound easy. It was fun getting to see how much might have been required from such a position. I couldn’t imagine the responsibility and not having any time to myself. It did seem as if it fit Caroline perfect though. I enjoyed her quick wit and the way she seemed willing to I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I first met Caroline in The Spice King, and could not wait to get to know her more. Being the first lady’s secretary seems so glamorous, but once I read more about it, it did not sound easy. It was fun getting to see how much might have been required from such a position. I couldn’t imagine the responsibility and not having any time to myself. It did seem as if it fit Caroline perfect though. I enjoyed her quick wit and the way she seemed willing to tackle anything. It would be so hard being a twin and worrying about what could happen to the other half. Add all that worry to finally meeting a man that interests you at what seems to be the worst possible time, and that’s where we find Caroline. Nathaniel was such a unique hero. It was fascinating watching him, and his methods to uncover forgery. Whether it be fake people or fake money, he was the man for the job. Poor guy was under so much stress though, and I can’t blame him for it taking it’s toll. His past wasn’t easy, and some things are nearly impossible to forgive yourself for. I liked watching how they both learned from their mistakes and also learned to forgive themselves. This book was impossible to put down and was full of twists and turns. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    A good solid read that gives the reader a peek behind the White House walls in gilded-age America. I enjoyed the often overwhelming look at all that went on behind the scenes in political pageantry, and the look at former security measures was amazing. The characters were such a fun couple as their differences caused sparks and eventually complimented each other. Well-paced and with a good dose of both romance and intrigue, this is one to add to your summer reading list. I look forward to Luke's A good solid read that gives the reader a peek behind the White House walls in gilded-age America. I enjoyed the often overwhelming look at all that went on behind the scenes in political pageantry, and the look at former security measures was amazing. The characters were such a fun couple as their differences caused sparks and eventually complimented each other. Well-paced and with a good dose of both romance and intrigue, this is one to add to your summer reading list. I look forward to Luke's story! [I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.]

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Meyer

    Another stunning novel by Elizabeth Camden! I just adore this series. Not only do I love Washington, D.C. and all it’s amazing history, but this is my favorite time period in American history, as well. I always learn so much! This story gets us up close and personal in the William McKinley White House and takes us on cross-country tour of America in 1901. I love Camden’s strong, intelligent heroines, and brave, strong heroes. Each character is so unique and the plots are like none others. I high Another stunning novel by Elizabeth Camden! I just adore this series. Not only do I love Washington, D.C. and all it’s amazing history, but this is my favorite time period in American history, as well. I always learn so much! This story gets us up close and personal in the William McKinley White House and takes us on cross-country tour of America in 1901. I love Camden’s strong, intelligent heroines, and brave, strong heroes. Each character is so unique and the plots are like none others. I highly recommend this book and cannot wait for the third in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Breny

    After reading A Gilded Lady, I'm convinced this is book is in my top 5 favorite books list of 2020 .  Guys, I am speechless. Never have I read such a unique story that turns overlooked positions, like being the first lady's help, into a story of conspiracies, secrets, and so much more.  I do suggest reading book 1 first. You will get to know Caroline way better than way and see her character growth throughout the first two books.  Coming from a wealthy family, she's had everything her heart desires After reading A Gilded Lady, I'm convinced this is book is in my top 5 favorite books list of 2020 .  Guys, I am speechless. Never have I read such a unique story that turns overlooked positions, like being the first lady's help, into a story of conspiracies, secrets, and so much more.  I do suggest reading book 1 first. You will get to know Caroline way better than way and see her character growth throughout the first two books.  Coming from a wealthy family, she's had everything her heart desires since little, diving in the privileges her social status gave her, living life to the edge. Regatta clubs, parties, wild vacations, that and more became a norm to her. It is then that after a dare made by her older brother she decides to prove she can keep a job. Her frivolous tastes, charming manners, and her endless list of contacts presented her with the opportunity to work at the White House as the first lady's image consultant and ''Secretary'' of sorts.  Hosting parties, shopping for gowns... That's what Caroline loves and it's good at, and now can apply those little talents at the white house, helping the first lady reclaim the favor of the people. Until news arrives that her twin brother got himself into jail at Cuba for treason. Now more than ever, Caroline needs to use her cards wisely and make herself indispensable to the first lady if she is to somehow help her brother escape and ask for a presidential pardon.  With all the changes going on in the Whitehouse, a new security agent, Nathaniel, is given the job to secure the Whitehouse and provide new security measures. Nathaniel is a very reserved and introverted man, and Caroline Decroix has taken his attention. News gets to him about her brother, and now he has to battle feelings of duty to his country and treason to his heart. They both know that the best they can do is try to not making things more painful than what they have to be. Both of them are White House employees and have to live under the same roof, with no escape from duty and little to no choice over the future of their lives.  First of all, Caroline gives me Amy March vibes all the way. The good Amy tho . The one from the newest Little Women movie. Also, this is the first time I ever see a ''model'' in the cover of a book so perfectly represent a book chracter  It's seriously so good. Well, back to the review. I love Caroline. She is not perfect but that's what makes her an amazing character. Her personality is complex and there are layers after layers to her, she is truly an enigma (Agh I can't get Amy March off my head ) . I also like how she grew throughout the book, it was very inspiring to see how little by little she started to see more than just the facade of things and rekindle her relationship with God.  Also, I need to take a min to appreciate the author's research. We are taken to the Whitehouse, to factories, to luxurious trains, fancy dinners, hospital inaugurations... And all of from ''behind the scenes'' at how the staff at the White House worked to make it happen. How the security agents work, the relationships between the staff... I'm truly shocked at how well researched this book is. It almost like everyone working at the Whitehouse was this huge family and I loved it. And of course, there comes Nathaniel. He was such a mood . Also, another refreshing complicated, and unique character. Thank you so much, Elizabeth for the nonstereotypical characters with unique voices and... Well, yeah .  Nathaniel's and Caroline's relationship is so cool. It's an enemy to lovers kinda thing, but different? I don't know, its difficult to explain. It's more of enemies to friends to lovers . It was so well done and cleannnnnnnnnn .  Also, they are complete opposites but complement each other so well.... Am I going to gift this book to my book-loving friends? You betcha. I'm also going to get myself a physical copy because this book needs to be on my bookshelves, like, today, hehe.  Cleanness:  4.5/5 (Some non-descriptive kisses) Plot:  5/5  Characters:  5/5 My personal rating:  5/5

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama

    The Gilded Lady is the second book in the Hope and Glory series. I have not read the first book yet (insert gasp, as I hardly ever read books out of order) but I was super excited to receive a copy of this book. I actually did not feel like I was missing important information because I did not read the first one. So if you happen to pick this one up you should be okay. That being said I will be reading the first in the series before the third one comes out because that's just how I roll! The Hope The Gilded Lady is the second book in the Hope and Glory series. I have not read the first book yet (insert gasp, as I hardly ever read books out of order) but I was super excited to receive a copy of this book. I actually did not feel like I was missing important information because I did not read the first one. So if you happen to pick this one up you should be okay. That being said I will be reading the first in the series before the third one comes out because that's just how I roll! The Hope and Glory series follows siblings Gray, Luke and Caroline Delacroix. The Gilded Lady is mainly about Caroline but it does have her siblings as well and it definitely ends perfectly to introduce Luke's story which will be the last in the series. This book is set in the time of President McKinley and the beginnings of the Secret Service revamping itself to provide more protection not only to the president but for his family. In this story Caroline Delacroix has matured into a no-nonsense, go-getter. She is the First Lady, Ida McKinley's secretary, right hand woman, confidant and friend. And this is very evident in all the responsibilities she holds in her job. You can tell that she is definitely more than just a secretary. We meet straight laced, rule follower Nathaniel Trask who is the new head of the Secret Service. He has a tragic past that he carries with him and it is the main reason why he's so determined not to fail at anything he does. Being in close quarters at the White House he can't help but notice Caroline and fights his attraction to her to no avail. I loved the "slow burning" relationship they have going. Camden definitely lets you go through the ups and downs of it and it was lovely. It definitely gets you to be invested in their relationship and you feel as if you know them personally. One of my favorite lines from their conversations (and there were a few) " ...I've learned a few things over the past month. Life is short. We can't know what it holds in store for us, but I won't ever take you for granted again." Gah!! Insert heart eyes!! This is so romantic and so true!! While the whole romantic plot is going we also encounter Luke, Caroline's beloved twin brother who is in jail in Cuba for treason! What an awesome twist in the story. Loved how this brought some intrigue, mystery and suspense to the story. The way it develops and unfolds is great and I will not delve into it because you need to enjoy it like I did! But it was great! It also gives the perfect continuation for Luke's own story which will be in the next book! I for one cannot wait to learn more about him and see what happens! I have found very few authors that write historical fiction that I absolutely love and Elizabeth Camden is always at the top of my list when it comes to this genre. You can tell that she does her research well and I appreciate that about her. If you enjoy historical fiction then this is definitely the book to pick up! I for one cannot wait until her next book! Happy Reading! FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley for promotional purposes, I was not required to write a positive review. These are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis

    Wonderful! My rating is 4.5 stars Set in the opulence of the White House during the Gilded Age, A Gilded Lady is a delightful tapestry of faith, romance, familial love, and political intrigue. Camden captured the sense of time and place beautifully and filled this story with rich emotions so tangible you feel them yourself. Caroline was introduced to us in The Spice King. She is now firmly entrenched as the secretary and personal assistant to Ida McKinley. It was interesting to see how they treated Wonderful! My rating is 4.5 stars Set in the opulence of the White House during the Gilded Age, A Gilded Lady is a delightful tapestry of faith, romance, familial love, and political intrigue. Camden captured the sense of time and place beautifully and filled this story with rich emotions so tangible you feel them yourself. Caroline was introduced to us in The Spice King. She is now firmly entrenched as the secretary and personal assistant to Ida McKinley. It was interesting to see how they treated her as both a daughter and almost a slave, albeit a valuable one. She worked seven days a week and, when needed, around the clock. Her duties covered everything from helping Ida pick outfits for events to planning teas and balls to helping to prevent her from saying things that would embarrass the country! I was fascinated to learn about Ida McKinley, the general perception of her as such an abrasive woman, and about the medical condition that caused her so much pain and grief. It was also amazing to see her relationship with the Major, as she called her husband, William McKinley. I also loved the insider's glimpse of day-to-day life in the McKinley White House. Nathaniel was a contradiction. An amazing detective and student of human nature, working in the Secret Service, and yet a sensitive artist with a heart that was filled with remorse and guilt over events that had occurred over twenty years earlier. Despite knowing God in a personal way, he had trouble accepting that his sins were truly forgiven. Caroline's twin, Luke, was still in prison in Cuba for treason. Despite their older brother's thoughts that Luke was guilty, Caroline is convinced he was not and fights diligently to get him pardoned. I just have to say, I can't wait to learn more of Luke's story! I just know that I am going to love him even more!! Speaking of Luke, I loved the birthday gift that he gave to Caroline every year and the way he managed to still give it to her, despite being a thousand miles away. And in prison. And her in the very secure White House! He had taught Caroline courage when she was afraid of everything and had a heart of gold. Yeah, I can't wait for his story! Lovers of Historical fiction will not want to miss A Gilded Lady! Read my full review at Among the Reads I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    A sweeping historical read, set in the White House, with high stakes tension, and opposites that attract. I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book, I fell in love with the entire Delacroix family in the previous book were I was first introduced to the enigmaticly brilliant, and dazzlingly beautiful Caroline Delacroix. I admired Caroline's inner strength, she tackles the challenges of a difficult job as the secretary of tempermental First Lady Ida McKinley, with seeming ease, tirelessly A sweeping historical read, set in the White House, with high stakes tension, and opposites that attract. I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book, I fell in love with the entire Delacroix family in the previous book were I was first introduced to the enigmaticly brilliant, and dazzlingly beautiful Caroline Delacroix. I admired Caroline's inner strength, she tackles the challenges of a difficult job as the secretary of tempermental First Lady Ida McKinley, with seeming ease, tirelessly giving her very best, and rising to the occasion at hand. Nathaniel Trask is the head of the president's Secret Service, tasked with creating security protocols to protect the president. He is meticulous, paying great attention to detail, and devotion to his duty. He is more serious and reserved, while Caroline is more outgoing and a natural hostess. I loved how they are so different, yet they work together well, their strengths and weaknesses complimenting each other, even though they don't always see eye to eye. I loved the mystery, intertwined with historic events and facts, I always leave Ms. Camden's books feeling like I've learned something new! I also loved the relationship between Caroline and her brother, Luke, how they are so close and protective of each other. I also really liked getting to know Luke better in this story, and have a feeling that he's going to be one of my favorites by the time this series is over! Overall, a fantastic read with riveting characters, strong faith, rich history and mystery. This book was different from previous books by this author, with a stronger focus on real historical figures and events, and less on the innovations of the times, but just as enjoyable. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, and find out what is next for Luke, I really hope that Phillip gets plenty of page time too! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Monique

    In A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden we follow Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the White House as secretary to the First Lady, Ida McKinley. We’ve met Caroline in The Spice King and I really admired her! She’s very feminine with a vibrant personality and knows all about fashion, but she also is fierce, stubborn and very protective of her loved ones. She isn’t afraid to tell everyone what she thinks and can navigate all social contact and events with grace - and with admirable organisation sk In A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden we follow Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the White House as secretary to the First Lady, Ida McKinley. We’ve met Caroline in The Spice King and I really admired her! She’s very feminine with a vibrant personality and knows all about fashion, but she also is fierce, stubborn and very protective of her loved ones. She isn’t afraid to tell everyone what she thinks and can navigate all social contact and events with grace - and with admirable organisation skills to put together said events. She’s the only one who can calm Ida when she has a spell, as Ida has a very difficult personality, and Caroline is revered by the White House staff because of that. Enter Nathaniel, a handsome, honorable, silent and very rule abiding secret service agent with a hidden artist soul and we definitely have an opposites attract situation. And oh, what a situation it is! We’re talking fireworks! I laughed so hard at the lobster scene... I loved how they talked a lot and were a comfort to each other snd that they both became a better person because of the other. Mild spoiler for book 1 alert! What I love about Elizabeth Camden, it’s not just about romance. There are so many important other plots going on! We have Luke, Caroline’s twin brother, who’s still in prison and somehow refuses all legal help they can get... The complicated relationship between Caroline and Ida, and meanwhile Caroline also tries to help set up an immigrant school. And there’s the White House politics, which I loved! It was so much fun getting insight into this world, and I love how inventive the Secret Service was with limited resources. And Nathaniel has a really interesting background in spotting forgeries. It was also a pleasant change that Caroline disliked Annabelle, the main character in the previous novel. I absolutely get why, and this somehow makes her such a more layered person. All in all, this was a worthy sequel to my favorite book of 2019: The Spice King. The only downside is that we didn’t get much of Gray, aka my book crush. But it’s a sequel so it’s not about him however much I would want it to, lol! This book can be read as a standalone, but I don’t recommend it, because you’ll miss a lot of background information. I can’t wait for the third and last book about the Delacroix siblings! I received a free e-copy through Netgalley, thank you Bethany House, but all my opinions are my own!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    What a wonderful historical romance! I didn't think there was any way I'd enjoy A Gilded Lady as much as The Spice King, the first book in this series, but I did! This book follows Caroline Delacroix, the sister of the leading man from The Spice King. I enjoyed getting to know her better. She's the personal secretary to Ida McKinley, the most disliked first lady in US history. Caroline was the perfect companion for Mrs. McKinley. She was respectful, but didn't take any guff from her. Their friend What a wonderful historical romance! I didn't think there was any way I'd enjoy A Gilded Lady as much as The Spice King, the first book in this series, but I did! This book follows Caroline Delacroix, the sister of the leading man from The Spice King. I enjoyed getting to know her better. She's the personal secretary to Ida McKinley, the most disliked first lady in US history. Caroline was the perfect companion for Mrs. McKinley. She was respectful, but didn't take any guff from her. Their friendship really showed a different side to Mrs. McKinley. Plus, knowing all of her struggles and health issues, it made me wonder if maybe she was just the most misunderstood first lady in US history. Nathaniel Trask was a great guy. He was serious, a little buttoned-up at times, and a staunch rule follower, but his dedication was admirable. Did he take it a little too far sometimes? Yes, but he definitely had valid reasons why. The banter between him and Caroline was a lot of fun. You could tell there was something special between the two of them. They had great chemistry, but there were quite a few obstacles in their way. I know I say this with every Elizabeth Camden book, but the historical details were amazing. I always learn so many interesting tidbits of history I never knew before. I love that! If you're a fan of historical romance, you'll love A Gilded Lady. I highly, highly recommend it. I'm so excited for Luke's story in book three! It can't come out soon enough!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    Firstly, Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite go-to authors, so I am saddened to only feel led to give this book three stars. The cover... GORGEOUS! One of the most stunning of all time, EVER. Next, the flirting was so fun and witty. Definitely more then the author has ever included in any of her other books. The banter was exhilarating and lively. This book had everything going for it in my opinion, but then went flat for me on two counts. I was stumped as to where and when Caroline found/used Firstly, Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite go-to authors, so I am saddened to only feel led to give this book three stars. The cover... GORGEOUS! One of the most stunning of all time, EVER. Next, the flirting was so fun and witty. Definitely more then the author has ever included in any of her other books. The banter was exhilarating and lively. This book had everything going for it in my opinion, but then went flat for me on two counts. I was stumped as to where and when Caroline found/used her faith. I do not remember it mentioned in book one at all and in this book, she just seemed to have it on and off throughout the story. Kind of in an "as needed" situation. Very hot and cold. It puzzled me. You could see Luke's faith clearly but hers did not make sense to me. Finally, Nathaniel had made a huge declaration that he would be there for Caroline, and then during the last quarter of the book wasn't there for her at all until the last three pages. Everyone else had been there to comfort and support Caroline, but him... He had his own story arc to arrive at which I understand, but I feel like there was a missed opportunity for Caroline to have a greater revelation about herself, God, something. Basically, she just "hung on" long enough and it worked out for her. Huge let down... I won this book in a blog giveaway but was not required to leave a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    Elizabeth Camden always puts me in a state of complete awe after each book of hers. I loved this beautiful tour of the White House, White family and their staffs. It was beautiful to really look into the personality of Caroline. The author introduced her briefly in book 1 The Spice King. She was truly a delight beneath the glam and glitter, she was a strong, independent, purpose driven and to a fault loyal. Caroline is the kind of person you'd want in your corner fighting your cause. I admired h Elizabeth Camden always puts me in a state of complete awe after each book of hers. I loved this beautiful tour of the White House, White family and their staffs. It was beautiful to really look into the personality of Caroline. The author introduced her briefly in book 1 The Spice King. She was truly a delight beneath the glam and glitter, she was a strong, independent, purpose driven and to a fault loyal. Caroline is the kind of person you'd want in your corner fighting your cause. I admired how she navigated the white house and her duties even with the difficult first lady with grace and poise. It was her fearlessness that endeared me to her especially with the uptight Nathaniel. He had a lot of baggage and put duty before everything else until he met the delightful and bubbly Caroline. I loved how they came together to do great things. Their opposite characters complemented so well. They are my fictional power couple. If you love stories of espionage, suspense, intrigue, life in the white house you'd love this book. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and this is my honest opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    A Gilded Lady tells the story of Caroline, the next of the Delacroix siblings in this series. In typical Camden fashion, romance was a dominant theme here, with a slow build. I quite liked Caroline. She was perfectly classy yet humble and rather resilient. I loved and hated Nathaniel all at the same time. Philip was an intriguing and a welcome addition. I think there could another book in the series just on him! The McKinley administration is depicted in this novel, which I found quite refreshin A Gilded Lady tells the story of Caroline, the next of the Delacroix siblings in this series. In typical Camden fashion, romance was a dominant theme here, with a slow build. I quite liked Caroline. She was perfectly classy yet humble and rather resilient. I loved and hated Nathaniel all at the same time. Philip was an intriguing and a welcome addition. I think there could another book in the series just on him! The McKinley administration is depicted in this novel, which I found quite refreshing since this is an era often overshadowed by JFK. I would say political intrigue was my favourite aspect of the storyline. It was creatively done and maintained my interest throughout. However, I felt that Caroline’s level of involvement with the Secret Service and the McKinley administration a bit unrealistic. Overall. this book was a step above book one. I look forward to reading Luke’s story in book 3!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Forever is now only today." Straight-laced and by-the-book, Detective Nathaniel Trask reluctantly accepts a three month appointment as the head of President William McKinley's security team. Almost immediately, the glamorous and not-always-by-the-book Caroline Delacroix grabs his attention; her position as secretary to the First Lady giving her plenty of opportunity to rub Nathaniel the wrong way with her intentionally casual adherence to most of his strict protocols. Caroline Delacroix is equal "Forever is now only today." Straight-laced and by-the-book, Detective Nathaniel Trask reluctantly accepts a three month appointment as the head of President William McKinley's security team. Almost immediately, the glamorous and not-always-by-the-book Caroline Delacroix grabs his attention; her position as secretary to the First Lady giving her plenty of opportunity to rub Nathaniel the wrong way with her intentionally casual adherence to most of his strict protocols. Caroline Delacroix is equally intrigued and annoyed by the President's new Secret Service team leader at the White House. Nathaniel Trask's unwavering commitment to details reminds her of Gray; her older brother, whom she adores. But the detective is also a constant reminder of her twin brother's shortcomings, for Caroline suspects that if Nathaniel even heard a whisper about Luke's treasonous behaviour, her coveted employment would be in jeopardy. Readers will love this fascinating blend of national history, imaginative circumstances, and magnificent characters. Ultimately, Caroline and Nathaniel, through no fault of their own, must find a way to courageously endure both the joys and the sorrows of the McKinley presidency; illustrating how often life forces us to navigate dark corners. The Bible calls it a time to tear down and a time to build up. Thankfully, there's always hope; a simple four letter word with deep, eternal significance. And in this story, love shows up as well. "We can't control the seasons in our lives, only how we respond to them." I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I also purchased a copy. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    This was quite an exciting read. I really enjoyed the story line and the up close and personal look at life in the White House and how the protection of the President was evolving during the Presidency of McKinley. Caroline was a lovely character and Nathaniel was a perfect match for her. Luke's story was exciting and I am really looking forward to his story. All in all, this book was a fantastic read! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoug This was quite an exciting read. I really enjoyed the story line and the up close and personal look at life in the White House and how the protection of the President was evolving during the Presidency of McKinley. Caroline was a lovely character and Nathaniel was a perfect match for her. Luke's story was exciting and I am really looking forward to his story. All in all, this book was a fantastic read! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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