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Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, D.C. 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 Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, D.C. 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?


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Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, D.C. 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 Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, D.C. 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?

30 review for The Prince of Spies

  1. 4 out of 5

    Randi Annie Framnes

    The Prince of Spies is book 3 in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in 1902 Washington DC, and we follow ex-government spy, now magazine journalist, Luke Delacroix, as he works to improve food legislation. He meets governmental photographer Marianne Magruder and instantly falls for her, but when they learn each other’s family names they realize they have landed in the middle of their families’ long lasting feud, and it seems imp The Prince of Spies is book 3 in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in 1902 Washington DC, and we follow ex-government spy, now magazine journalist, Luke Delacroix, as he works to improve food legislation. He meets governmental photographer Marianne Magruder and instantly falls for her, but when they learn each other’s family names they realize they have landed in the middle of their families’ long lasting feud, and it seems impossible to have a future together. Luke takes part in a test of canned foods, while Marianne’s photography skills prove important in the work for food safety. Main character Luke Delacroix is a magazine journalist who worked secretly as a government spy. He seems the character who develops the most through the 3 books, from an entitled thrill-seeker in need of his brother’s rescuing in the first book to a more mature adult who still has a lot of self doubt. He spends more time contemplating the value of his work and his future, which makes him very relatable. Supporting character, governmental photographer Marianne Magruder is very grateful to her powerful father for having given her a privileged life in want for nothing and acts like I would expect for a woman of her time. I love that she goes through a personal development. This makes her my favorite of this story. The Prince of Spies reads well as a standalone. Hints to previous books are given, but it would make the experience even richer to have read the two previous installments. Apart from following Luke’s journey to find love, this fascinating plot focuses on his use of contacts to improve the food and drug industry. My favorite part of the story was the little mystery element about Marianne’s estranged aunt. While in Cuban prison, Luke had plenty of time for Bible reading and he seems to have established a strong faith. Marianne seemed to have a spiritual awakening towards the end of the story. Elizabeth Camden has been one of my go-to authors for years. I love her writing style and choose to read one of her books every year. Anyone who likes romance plots combined with technical inventions will enjoy this. Fans of Elizabeth Camden will love this story. Similar authors to explore might be Roseanna M. White or Jody Hedlund. Thank you to Bethany House Publishers, Elizabeth Camden and NetGalley for this opportunity to share my honest review. All opinions are completely my own. Conclusion: in this fascinating story ex-government spy, now magazine journalist, Luke Delacroix is working to improve food safety laws while struggling to be with the woman he loves. Her father owns the company which produces unsafe canned foods and is the one Luke is fighting against.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    Lady Camden has said that this was the most romantic of her stories and in a way she's right because LUKE DELACROIX holy cow and so I am gonna tell you that if you like Le Bridgerton you might wanna check this out: not because it is of the regency ton but because the family dynamics are as sparkling to me as the romantic relationships Each singular in each sibling's meticulously researched and emotionally mature love story, yes, but because the sibling friendships and dynamics provide such a lov Lady Camden has said that this was the most romantic of her stories and in a way she's right because LUKE DELACROIX holy cow and so I am gonna tell you that if you like Le Bridgerton you might wanna check this out: not because it is of the regency ton but because the family dynamics are as sparkling to me as the romantic relationships Each singular in each sibling's meticulously researched and emotionally mature love story, yes, but because the sibling friendships and dynamics provide such a lovely current through the trilogy ( and its innovative covers) Anyhow, I always had a soft spot for gentleman spy Luke and how he slowly came into himself through Gray and Caroline's stories and here he is that dashing dapper spy of mine who meets his lady love (Marianne! <3 ) while saving a puppy even as she saves his heart There's a lot of Romeo and Juliet and a ton about kindred spiritness being found in a first, momentous engagement and this meet cute to all meet cutes sizzles anyways, Camden is the best and I love it!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    A delightful Romeo and Juliet type of story that’s firmly placed in real events. A really good read! This book had it all. I loved the hero and his questions. The heroine was trying so hard to keep the peace. The book was masterful. I missed the book before this one, but can't wait to go back and fill it in. A delightful Romeo and Juliet type of story that’s firmly placed in real events. A really good read! This book had it all. I loved the hero and his questions. The heroine was trying so hard to keep the peace. The book was masterful. I missed the book before this one, but can't wait to go back and fill it in.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tamara

    The Prince of Spies is Luke's story even though we've gotten snippets of it through the two previous books in Hope and Glory series. I have been anticipating Luke's story and it didn't disappoint. His character is so much fun to read, I loved his strong convictions, his adventurous spirit, and his loyalty to those he loves. The Prince of Spies is Luke's story even though we've gotten snippets of it through the two previous books in Hope and Glory series. I have been anticipating Luke's story and it didn't disappoint. His character is so much fun to read, I loved his strong convictions, his adventurous spirit, and his loyalty to those he loves.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Martha

    First off, if you love to learn history and the science of development of society, pick up an Elizabeth Camden book. You will never simply just be entertained, you will also learn so much. I love history and read a lot of books, but I learned so many new facts and info that I had never known before when I picked up this novel. Want to learn something new, but not really a fan of history books? I had not ever read about "The Poison Squad", but in "Prince of Spies" by Elizabeth Camden, I was enthr First off, if you love to learn history and the science of development of society, pick up an Elizabeth Camden book. You will never simply just be entertained, you will also learn so much. I love history and read a lot of books, but I learned so many new facts and info that I had never known before when I picked up this novel. Want to learn something new, but not really a fan of history books? I had not ever read about "The Poison Squad", but in "Prince of Spies" by Elizabeth Camden, I was enthralled and horrified that this experiment was even needed, but so inspired by the brave souls that worked for food safety. Of course, the hero and heroine made it all the better. I wasn't sure from the other books, if I could fall in love with them both as much as I did, but this author never disappoints. It is not so much a focus of a love story, but it is there for sure. I would say that the unhealthy family dynamics and mention of a parent's infidelity may be something you would discuss before giving this book to a younger teenage reader, but otherwise, this series would be perfect for high school history studies. I highly recommend the whole series.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Hupe

    Thank you, Elizabeth Camden, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book! The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is book three in the Hope and Glory series. I had the opportunity to read A Gilded Lady last year and I absolutely adored it! Needless to say, my hopes were high for this book! Luke Delacroix is the younger brother of Gray Delacroix and Caroline’s twin brother. He is very close with his family but is often risking his life, driving his family crazy. A Thank you, Elizabeth Camden, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book! The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is book three in the Hope and Glory series. I had the opportunity to read A Gilded Lady last year and I absolutely adored it! Needless to say, my hopes were high for this book! Luke Delacroix is the younger brother of Gray Delacroix and Caroline’s twin brother. He is very close with his family but is often risking his life, driving his family crazy. After he was spying for America and ended up in a Cuban prison, Luke is finally home. He is charming, yet reckless. But not as reckless as the young woman he spots on a frozen lake trying to save a dog. He doesn’t hesitate to assist her in the rescue. After the successful rescue of Bandit, Luke gets a moment to meet his co-rescuer, Marianne. He has never been so instantly captivated by a woman before. Unfortunately, she is a Magruder. The Magruder’s and the Delacroix’s have been enemies for years. His current mission is to prevent Clyde Magruder from getting re-elected to Congress. However, Clyde is Marianne’s father. Their connection is too much to ignore but will their family strife keep them apart? This is a timeless tale of rival families and how love can conquer all. I love the Delacroix siblings. Gray is stern, yet completely loyal. Caroline is a socialite, but not afraid to speak her mind. Then there is Luke. I can see how Marianne finds him irresistible. While he has a happy-go-lucky exterior, he is deeply affected by his time in prison and is very in tune with his emotions. Marianne is lovely but frustrating at times. She has the WORST family. Seriously, I would have killed Andrew myself. Yet, she defends them over and over again. They are completely toxic. I honestly would have left and never looked back. But she is strong and doesn’t hesitate to do the right thing. As always, Elizabeth Camden weaves an intricate tale. This one takes place during the time period of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. While I really wanted to see Theodore Roosevelt… In the previous book, we got an intimate look at the McKinley Presidency. BUT I loved reading about The Poison Squad. The Poison Squad is a group of volunteers that ate certain foods to see the effects of food additives. I never heard about this part of history and I found it very fascinating and very relevant to issues in food and medicines we see today. I read this book in a day! I highly recommend it and guess what?! It releases today! I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    The Prince of Spies is the third and final book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. This may just be my favorite series by her yet, it's fabulous. If you love historical books and want to learn something from them read this author's books because her research is immaculate. She brings to the forefront what other authors won't. It may not be pretty and delicately wrapped in a bow but it's the truth and sometimes the truth can be harsh when it's exposed. Each of the siblings have a turn The Prince of Spies is the third and final book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. This may just be my favorite series by her yet, it's fabulous. If you love historical books and want to learn something from them read this author's books because her research is immaculate. She brings to the forefront what other authors won't. It may not be pretty and delicately wrapped in a bow but it's the truth and sometimes the truth can be harsh when it's exposed. Each of the siblings have a turn at telling their own story in this series and this is Luke's story. Taking place in the Gilded Age Washington, D.C. 1902. The book starts with Luke seeing a young woman attempting to rescue a dog who has fallen through the ice. Not knowing who she is he rescues the dog but can't get this woman out of his mind. They make a connection on that ice but he still doesn't know who she is. After he's able to track her down and realizes she's the daughter of Congressman Clyde Magruder that's when the trouble starts. At one time the Magruders and Delacroixs family had a joint business partnership in the food industry. Luke and Clyde ran this business partnership. The Delacroixs made sure the quality of their products where safe for consumers but the Magruder family added fillers and preservatives to the product to stretch the profits without permission from the Delacroixs family. When this turned fatal for some of the consumers Luke never forgave himself or the Magruder family. When it turns out that Marianne is the daughter of this congressman will it even be possible for the two to be friends let alone any more? It was fascinating reading about the "Poison Squad" . This was a group of volunteers before the Pure Food and Drug Act, the FDA. These men ate food with preservatives and fillers in a four month study to see how ingesting it affected them, sometimes it proved fatal. This author's books are auto-reads for me. The research and quality of her books goes above and beyond others. Make sure to read the fascinating historical note at the end of the book about the Pure Food and Drug Act. I highly suggest this book and look forward to her next book. Published February 16th 2021 by Bethany House Publishers I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    WHAT a conclusion to this fascinating series! I appreciate the way Elizabeth Camden always includes interesting history in her stories. The history is close to the characters’ life and motives as familial struggles and rivalries separate an aspiring couple. Secrets, loyalty, charm, and forgiveness all twine beautifully in this story of history and romance! Another very important reason to read this novel: LUKE. Luke and his language skills, sensitive, typewriter loving, soft and devastatingly cha WHAT a conclusion to this fascinating series! I appreciate the way Elizabeth Camden always includes interesting history in her stories. The history is close to the characters’ life and motives as familial struggles and rivalries separate an aspiring couple. Secrets, loyalty, charm, and forgiveness all twine beautifully in this story of history and romance! Another very important reason to read this novel: LUKE. Luke and his language skills, sensitive, typewriter loving, soft and devastatingly charming HEART. Camden has mentioned this is her most romantic book yet. I have to agree — and add that the romance is not found in typical form. Instead of a normal courtship or progressing relationship, the romance in The Prince of Spies is found in the way Luke and Marianne are drawn to each other in spite of their obstacles; then, in their unconditional acceptance of each other. How they show care in small ways: a note, a small gift, an encouragement, a glance that connects them in a crowded room when conversation is impossible. Romance in a classical meaning of the word is also found in Luke’s drive to improve industry, in Marianne’s eye for photography, in Luke’s mastery of language (translating! and writing!), in the passion the characters show for their purposes and commitments, and in themes of loyalty and sacrifice. Readers of the previous two books in the series will LOVE seeing Caroline and Nathaniel settled! Also glimpses of Gray (and Annabelle!) in typical older brother fashion. Like the previous stories, a faith thread is present but subtle and feels organic to the characters, drawing in threads of forgiveness in unexpected ways. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    Impeccable. Camden’s are always auto-reads for me. This is my new favorite. Love, love, love Luke and his quest.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "Amazing women have inspired men from the dawn of literary history. Cleopatra, Helen, Guinevere, Juliet, and Dulcinea. To these legendary heroines, I add my own, and her name is Marianne." What kind of girl risks life and limb to rescue an innocent little canine struggling to crawl out of a frozen river? "Aunt Marianne" would, and since that is the only name that Luke Delacroix can ascribe to the beautiful creature lying beside him on the ice, he is going to have to rely on the fact that 4.5 stars "Amazing women have inspired men from the dawn of literary history. Cleopatra, Helen, Guinevere, Juliet, and Dulcinea. To these legendary heroines, I add my own, and her name is Marianne." What kind of girl risks life and limb to rescue an innocent little canine struggling to crawl out of a frozen river? "Aunt Marianne" would, and since that is the only name that Luke Delacroix can ascribe to the beautiful creature lying beside him on the ice, he is going to have to rely on the fact that he is the prince of spies and should be able to find her again in a matter of hours. Besides, how many young women with the name Marianne work for the Department of the Interior as a photographer. . . . . in a cruel twist of fate, the name Luke discovers is enough to make his blood run cold . . . how could it be? She is a Magruder. "What a handsome man. Black hair, dark eyes, and a face animated with both fear and admiration." He literally captures her heart with his eyes, this man on the ice, . . . . . "even through their gloves, it felt like a spark of electricity hummed between them", so powerful was their oddest of first meetings. First . . . because there were going to be many, many more forbidden rendezvous between Luke and Marianne; beginning in a dark room and ending in a yarrow field. . . . . unfortunately, the road in between was going to deliver more detours and blind spots than most humans could endure. Buffeted by a long standing family feud between their two families, the path to happiness was going to require an insatiable, undeniable, uncontrollable, unconditional love. And what a love it turned out to be! Author Elizabeth Camden has managed to capture the heart of her readers in the palm of her hand, penning a romance for the ages, for this outstanding conclusion to the Hope and Glory series will undoubtedly receive the highest honor that a reader can bestow upon a story; the desire to read it over and over and over again. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    Elizabeth Camden truly has a way of creating absolutely delectable historical fiction, turning somewhat little remembered facts in our history into centerpieces of her incredible writing. Hope & Glory series takes the reader on a journey from the boom of spice importing and processed food industry and agricultural science (The Spice King) to the last year of President McKinley's administration and all its politics and glitter (A Glided Lady) to the long years and sacrifice poured into the Pure F Elizabeth Camden truly has a way of creating absolutely delectable historical fiction, turning somewhat little remembered facts in our history into centerpieces of her incredible writing. Hope & Glory series takes the reader on a journey from the boom of spice importing and processed food industry and agricultural science (The Spice King) to the last year of President McKinley's administration and all its politics and glitter (A Glided Lady) to the long years and sacrifice poured into the Pure Food and Drug Act along with plenty of political intrigue (The Prince of Spies). The series should be read in order so that you can get the full flavor of the Delacroix siblings. I have been anxiously awaiting this last book in the series and Elizabeth Camden does not disappoint! It's the perfect ending to the series. The year is 1902 and Luke has grown up after his stint in a Cuban jail. He's still delightfully impulsive, bold, passionate, loyal, and tender but has learned to rein in his thrill-seeking and emotional soul and has also found God. By the power of the written word, he seeks to make changes in the government but is also fueled by bitterness and desire for revenge. Marianne is a sweet, creative, loyal, oftentimes timid daughter of Luke's number one enemy whose path keeps getting tangled up with Luke's, even as he schemes to take down her father and his processed food empire. Their romance is splendidly magical, properly old-schooled and heart-stirring (with some of Romeo and Juliet vibes thrown in). There are twists and turns in the story that will make you gasp. The journey Luke makes to put his faith into action is a tough but admirable one; the faith journey Marianne makes is somewhat different but nonetheless powerful. I also loved learning about photography during that time, the beginnings of the FDA and how the National Mall in DC came about, one small piece at a time. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is a must-read book! The Delacroix siblings, particularly the reformed and repentant Luke, will linger in your heart for a long time to come. I received the book from Bethany House Publishers and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    I enjoyed reading about Luke's Story and this brought the series to a nice end. It was fascinating to learn about how the FDA was started and the role Dr. WIley and the posion squad had. Note from the back of the book- "the work of the Poison Squad helped determine nontoxic dogages that made the food supply safer in the coming years." We had a discussion about this in our house non toxic dosages doesnt mean its still a good idea to eat posion in small amounts. I enjoyed reading about Luke's Story and this brought the series to a nice end. It was fascinating to learn about how the FDA was started and the role Dr. WIley and the posion squad had. Note from the back of the book- "the work of the Poison Squad helped determine nontoxic dogages that made the food supply safer in the coming years." We had a discussion about this in our house non toxic dosages doesnt mean its still a good idea to eat posion in small amounts.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Farhana JC

    *3.75 stars Got this as an arc, very well written and engaging. I didnt know it was the third and last book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. Cute romance, very PG (havent read a sweet innocent book in a while lol).

  14. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    It's 1902 and the Hatfields and McCoys all over again, but this time it is The Delacroixs and the Magruders for another go round. Focusing on Luke Delacroix and Marianne Magruder, both their fathers are owners of canned food companies. The Delacroixs focus on making sure that all of their canned foods are of the best quality and healthy for their customers. While the Magruders are more interested in using preservatives and fillers that will keep their products low priced. But the question is are It's 1902 and the Hatfields and McCoys all over again, but this time it is The Delacroixs and the Magruders for another go round. Focusing on Luke Delacroix and Marianne Magruder, both their fathers are owners of canned food companies. The Delacroixs focus on making sure that all of their canned foods are of the best quality and healthy for their customers. While the Magruders are more interested in using preservatives and fillers that will keep their products low priced. But the question is are these preservatives and fillers safe to eat? This story takes place prior to the Pure Food and Drug Act, and deaths sometimes occurred when people ingested foods with unsafe preservatives and fillers. A Dr. Wiley was very concerned about what people were eating and decided to test some of these preservatives on a study group. The study group remained together for 4 months eating all meals at a boarding house under controlled circumstances. They dubbed themselves the Poison Squad. Meanwhile Luke and Marianne are both concerned because of their families as well as the fact that Marianne is a photographer for the government. Can two people from enemy families help discover the truth? Wonderful suspense with fantastic characters. I was so happy to see Luke featured as he has been an interesting character since book 1. He and Marianne made a super investigative team even though their parents were determined to keep them apart. The plot line was filled with plenty of action from start to finish which kept me glued to the pages. This was a delightful conclusion to an excellent series, and the end notes regarding the movement to a Pure Food and Drug Act as well as the information that Dr. Wiley was appointed to be the first head of the US Food and Drug Administration were very interesting. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    This is the third book of the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. I have enjoyed this whole series and count it among the very best series I have read. The three covers together make an awesome tableau. This is Luke Delacroix story and it is like Romeo and Juliet without the tragic ending. Luke and his family are very much at odds with the Magruders. Luke meets Marianne when he rescues her nephew’s dog that has fallen through the ice. Things get complicated when he learns who Aunt Mariann This is the third book of the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. I have enjoyed this whole series and count it among the very best series I have read. The three covers together make an awesome tableau. This is Luke Delacroix story and it is like Romeo and Juliet without the tragic ending. Luke and his family are very much at odds with the Magruders. Luke meets Marianne when he rescues her nephew’s dog that has fallen through the ice. Things get complicated when he learns who Aunt Marianne really is. The whole series is about political life during the early 1900s. The intrigue surrounding the food and drug trials of The Poison Squad is so interesting, as are the photographs Marianne takes to document buildings before they are torn down to make way for the National Mall in Washington D.C. Oh the trouble Ms. Camden gets her characters into! I kept wondering how in the world the story was going to get resolved which kept me turning those pages. Super ending to a super series. Quotes: “Maybe sending Marianne into his life was God’s way of compelling Luke to examine his own cocksure arrogance in looking at the world. Stranger things had happened, and he was up to the challenge.” “The virtues of love, humility, charity and forgiveness might not solve th3 problem, but they could serve as a balm in an imperfect world.” *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.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Scott

    Elizabeth Camden does such a fabulous job at taking an obscure piece of history and bringing it to life. I really enjoyed learning about the food testing and the 'Poison Squad'. Her research into all this is impressive, and I love how she seamlessly weaves these truths into fiction. I'm also a fan of forbidden romances and so I was super happy to find out this story features that trope. I really loved Luke's character in this series. He has a bit of a recklessness about him, but he possesses a go Elizabeth Camden does such a fabulous job at taking an obscure piece of history and bringing it to life. I really enjoyed learning about the food testing and the 'Poison Squad'. Her research into all this is impressive, and I love how she seamlessly weaves these truths into fiction. I'm also a fan of forbidden romances and so I was super happy to find out this story features that trope. I really loved Luke's character in this series. He has a bit of a recklessness about him, but he possesses a good heart. Marianne was an interesting heroine. I often felt bad for the way her family treated her and rooted for her happiness. The author has done a remarkable job with this series and I can't wait to see what she does next. **I received a copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Another fascinating read from Camden! I always love the insight this author brings to life as it was a century ago, by exploring unique and often overlooked jobs and the historical circumstances that affected (or were affected by) them. It was so good to finally read Luke's story, and Marianne was such an endearing heroine! I loved watching their story unfold, and appreciated that the author managed to serve up a healthy portion of tension and uncertainty without stirring in the typical dose of m Another fascinating read from Camden! I always love the insight this author brings to life as it was a century ago, by exploring unique and often overlooked jobs and the historical circumstances that affected (or were affected by) them. It was so good to finally read Luke's story, and Marianne was such an endearing heroine! I loved watching their story unfold, and appreciated that the author managed to serve up a healthy portion of tension and uncertainty without stirring in the typical dose of misunderstandings and a lack of communication. Bravo for dishing up something more unique while keeping the characters consistent! A very satisfying conclusion to a wonderful and entertaining series! [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.]

  18. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    As this series ends, first of all, I'm a big fan of the Delacroix family and the covers of these books. I want to frame them and put them on my wall! I can't help but love Luke and I love him next to Gray, so I'm glad they got so much screen time together in this one. I've enjoyed watching Luke mature over this series and even more in this book and liked watching him fight for the woman he loved. I was never bored in this book. Once again Camden highlights obscure, fascinating history, which is As this series ends, first of all, I'm a big fan of the Delacroix family and the covers of these books. I want to frame them and put them on my wall! I can't help but love Luke and I love him next to Gray, so I'm glad they got so much screen time together in this one. I've enjoyed watching Luke mature over this series and even more in this book and liked watching him fight for the woman he loved. I was never bored in this book. Once again Camden highlights obscure, fascinating history, which is why I return to her again and again. In some ways, this was my favorite of the series. With that said, Camden doesn't write the most refined prose. There's a lot of use of the passive voice and telling instead of showing. Although I truly appreciated the message of love and humility in relationships with difficult people and Luke's insistence in following the fifth commandment, as terrifying and painful as it was, Marianne's relationship with her parents really was concerning. They were abusive to her and yet she still felt like it was her fault and she should have "done better." I'm not sure that she ever really got over her unhealthy dependence on her father. It was interesting how Camden handled it, and I wonder how I would have if I'd written it. The other thing is that we briefly returned to the wrong ideas about worthiness that gave me major red flags in The Spice King. Luke prays in Prince of Spies, "I pray that this experiment will be successful and make the world a better place. I pray it will help make me worthy in Your eyes." 🚩🚩🚩 There is nothing we or Luke can do to make ourselves worthy to God. The gospel is that Jesus, the only One in heaven or earth found worthy, came down to earth and saved us in our utter unworthiness. All of our performance and making the world a better place can not make us one ounce worthier to God. Aunt Stella was an interesting plot twist. In the end, good won and love won, and Luke Delacroix was a delightful hero.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    I've now read the entire Hope and Glory series and I have to say each book was better than the last. I would say Luke was my favorite character of all and was glad to have the final edition centered around him. The characters developed well over the course of the story and my interest was maintained from beginning to end. While you could follow this story if read as a standalone, these novels do build off one another and would be best enjoyed in sequence. I would say this is a light and quick hi I've now read the entire Hope and Glory series and I have to say each book was better than the last. I would say Luke was my favorite character of all and was glad to have the final edition centered around him. The characters developed well over the course of the story and my interest was maintained from beginning to end. While you could follow this story if read as a standalone, these novels do build off one another and would be best enjoyed in sequence. I would say this is a light and quick historical fiction/romance. So if your reading mood is such, give this one a go!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    Luke Delacroix has been fighting to bring down Clyde MacGruder, the sworn enemy of his family for decades. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with Clyde's daughter. Charming, charismatic Luke Delacroix is a man on a mission with connections spanning the country, he knows how to ferret out information from unscrupulous characters and pull the strings from behind the scenes to ruin political campaigns. This riveting conclusion to the Hope and Glory Trilogy brings back to the forefront Luke Delacroix has been fighting to bring down Clyde MacGruder, the sworn enemy of his family for decades. The last thing he expected was to fall in love with Clyde's daughter. Charming, charismatic Luke Delacroix is a man on a mission with connections spanning the country, he knows how to ferret out information from unscrupulous characters and pull the strings from behind the scenes to ruin political campaigns. This riveting conclusion to the Hope and Glory Trilogy brings back to the forefront the tempestuous feud between the Delacroixs and the MacGruders over adulterated food, in the political capitol of the nation. Drawing from real life trials testing food safety as people because more reliant on store shelves for stocking their pantries. Thoroughly researched, Ms. Camden has a gift for bringing the Gilded Age to life in vivid detail, deftly showing how the luxuries we take for granted everyday came to be. I knew I would love this book as soon as I heard about it, Luke is a daring hero, with strong convictions and sense of justice. I've enjoyed seeing him grow, find faith, and mature in the previous books, which I devoured. I enjoyed getting a more humanizing view of the inner workings of the MacGruder family through the eyes of Marianne, seeing their struggles, failures, as well as how they rose from nothing to the owners of a food empire to be reckoned with. I admired Marianne for her courage in facing the truths about her family. Overall, this was a engrossing read, and satisfying read from beginning to end that brings history to life. A captivating read that was impossible to put down, with excellent pacing and fantastic characters, I especially liked bantering comradery of the Poison Squad, as well as how the MacGruder clan explored in a realistic dimensional way. Highly recommend this book, the whole series, and everything by this author! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Bravo!!! Excellent conclusion to a fabulous trilogy! I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden's fascinating historical fiction. She excels at finding obscure history and creating such interesting stories around it. I have loved each of the stories in this series. The siblings each get their own story; Gray Delacroix (The Spice King), Caroline Delacroix (A Guilded Lady), and now Luke Delacroix (The Prince of Spies). In The Prince of Spies, we learn the intriguing history leading up to the need for the Bravo!!! Excellent conclusion to a fabulous trilogy! I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden's fascinating historical fiction. She excels at finding obscure history and creating such interesting stories around it. I have loved each of the stories in this series. The siblings each get their own story; Gray Delacroix (The Spice King), Caroline Delacroix (A Guilded Lady), and now Luke Delacroix (The Prince of Spies). In The Prince of Spies, we learn the intriguing history leading up to the need for the Food & Drug Administration. Luke meets a brave woman who goes out on the ice to try to rescue her nephew's dog, he goes out to help, they end up freezing, but intrigued with one another. Since they did not exchange full names, they do not realize the deck is stacked against them as their families have a long-standing feud. This story drew me in and I couldn't put it down. I loved all the twists and turns. Some of my favorite quotes: "She'd been stripped away from her family, friends, and every familiar guidepost in her life. Without those crutches, perhaps it was only natural to look up." "The virtues of love, humility, charity, and forgiveness might not solve the problem, but they could serve as a balm in an imperfect world." "Marianne considered rushing for her camera to immortalize this perfect moment.....Then she thought better of it. Sometimes it was better to live in the present." (I enjoy taking pictures and this would be hard for me, but I totally get it and perhaps should try this more often!) I highly recommend The Prince of Spies! Excellent historical fiction, page-turner, very enjoyable read. I read this on New Year's Day and loved every minute of it. My first book of the year! Thank you to the author, publisher, and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy! All opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Diane Estrella

    Those three Hope and Glory covers put together... COME ON NOW!!! That should be the new thing for book cover series. So much fun!!! There are a few authors that are immediate buys when their new books come out, and Elizabeth Camden is one on my very short list. This book was the best of the series. I enjoyed the author pulling in the characters from the other two stories and tying everything together. This book had more passion, more depth, more interesting tidbits that it was a 24 hour read. You Those three Hope and Glory covers put together... COME ON NOW!!! That should be the new thing for book cover series. So much fun!!! There are a few authors that are immediate buys when their new books come out, and Elizabeth Camden is one on my very short list. This book was the best of the series. I enjoyed the author pulling in the characters from the other two stories and tying everything together. This book had more passion, more depth, more interesting tidbits that it was a 24 hour read. You get to the end of a chapter and just can't stop reading!!! Also, I appreciated that this author continued on the Christian thread throughout her book. Many authors are still publishing through Christian publishing houses but are not including any Christian content in their stories. Maybe that's the new trend to be more inclusive and less offensive...??? The author brilliantly put faith interwoven throughout the book in meaningful and sensible ways that added to the story. My favorite quote... "Now he understood that he couldn't hurt Clyde without the people in his orbit getting sucked into the downfall as well." How many times do we seek revenge or wish evil on someone without realizing how many others get hit with our spray of what we feel is right??? Brilliant.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Truly...WOW! I don’t think I can do this book justice in a review. The love story is a beautiful one...I love the time they spent together, the qualities they like in each other, and the growth of both of the main characters. This book also contains fascinating history of Washington D.C. Everything from the historic building and construction to the historical ways of testing food preservatives on humans. I really enjoyed learning about that as well. With an intriguing and beautiful love story, fas Truly...WOW! I don’t think I can do this book justice in a review. The love story is a beautiful one...I love the time they spent together, the qualities they like in each other, and the growth of both of the main characters. This book also contains fascinating history of Washington D.C. Everything from the historic building and construction to the historical ways of testing food preservatives on humans. I really enjoyed learning about that as well. With an intriguing and beautiful love story, fascinating history, and well done characters this book was a read that stole my sleep. I read it within 24 hours though I wished I could slow down and savor..I could not. This book definitely makes its way to my forever shelves and a book I will enjoy reading again. This entire trilogy is one of my favorite trilogies of all time. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Monique

    The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is the third and last book in the Hope and Glory series. I do recommend reading the earlier books in this series, as Luke, the main character, has been in them quite often. I suppose it gets covered in short in the book itself, but you’ll miss a lot by skipping the first two books, especially as all previous characters play a role in this one too, yay! Also, this cover! It’s so stunning and I can’t get over the fact that when you lay all three books in a r The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is the third and last book in the Hope and Glory series. I do recommend reading the earlier books in this series, as Luke, the main character, has been in them quite often. I suppose it gets covered in short in the book itself, but you’ll miss a lot by skipping the first two books, especially as all previous characters play a role in this one too, yay! Also, this cover! It’s so stunning and I can’t get over the fact that when you lay all three books in a row they form a matching image! That’s reason 2 to read the entire series by the way. Ok, about the book itself now. We have Luke, charming, intense, sensitive, kind and fun, who throws himself into situations without thinking. I was a bit reluctant as I love more introverted nerdy men and I definitely got that with the first two books, but I have to admit I loved him! Luke is a rounded, layered, very interesting character and I’m here for it. His funny remarks make me giggle and I can’t help but fall in love with his easy way, and feel for him when his traumatic past hits him. I would have liked to see more of his PTSD though, that was the only aspect that didn’t feel genuine to me, you mostly only see what’s on the outside, not the inner world to go with it. But that’s a minor detail and basically the only thing in this book I didn’t like. Because it is AMAZING. We get a dual POV between Luke and Marianne, which works perfect. Their forbidden romance is truly a work of art, and I loved every minute. It has a bit enemies to lovers in it, which was my favorite part. Marianne works at the photography department and her job is to photograph buildings mostly, or anything that can be used, and she does it splendidly. Her character is amazing too, how she stays upright in a difficult family situation, and how she copes with everything, trying to be honest at all times. But of course this wouldn’t be an Elizabeth Camden novel if there weren’t many other plots going. We continue the plot set in book 1 about toxic food additives, though it’s taken to another level. I always marvel at how amazing Camden can make something that sounds really boring and makes it into the most exciting thing ever, with lots of details of niche history. Applause! And there was this ball thrown by Caroline I really really want to attent, it was so imaginative... basically I just loved the entire book. There were many unexpected plots and turns and I kept guessing how it would all end. And I loved to see how Luke, a fairly new Christian, is growing in faith, and helps Marianne to discover it, too. They fit so well together! And I love them! All in all, I loved it. Obviously. This entire series has a place in my favorites and I wish there were like 8 siblings. But all good things must come to an end... And with that, my review ends too, but not before one last thing, as I have to mention a trigger warning. Don’t read on if you don’t want to know, because it’s a mild spoiler. — There is one situation concerning animal cruelty that left me crying. I received a free e-arc in exchange for my honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Luke Delacroix has cut a dashing figure across the first two books of Camden's Hope and Glory series, and now he has his own chance to shine. Back in Washington, DC, after his stint in a Cuban jail, Luke's mission is to see certain congressmen ousted from their positions for their support over untested preservatives and fillers in mass-produced canned food. The root of Luke's dedication is the Delacroix's generations-long feud with the Magruder family, whose food empire has been known to use que Luke Delacroix has cut a dashing figure across the first two books of Camden's Hope and Glory series, and now he has his own chance to shine. Back in Washington, DC, after his stint in a Cuban jail, Luke's mission is to see certain congressmen ousted from their positions for their support over untested preservatives and fillers in mass-produced canned food. The root of Luke's dedication is the Delacroix's generations-long feud with the Magruder family, whose food empire has been known to use questionable practices. One winter day Luke helps rescue a dog, and falls half in love with the spunky woman who assisted him. They manage to form a friendship before either of them realizes their last names: He's a Delacroix, and she's Marianne Magruder, the daughter of Luke's sworn enemy. Marianne traverses Washington as a photographer for the Department of the Interior, documenting the status of buildings around the district. When she's sent on a job to photograph the new hygienic table trials—a months-long human experiment on food preservatives—she runs into Luke again. This book is full of fascinating history surrounding Washington, DC, in 1902, as well the beginning of what would eventually be the Food and Drug Administration. Luke's vibrancy and Marianne's loyalty provide the perfect blend of personalities to carry the ins and outs of the plot. I enjoyed the Romeo and Juliet romance, and found this to be another winner from this author! Content warning: There is one instance of actual swearing in this book, which took me by surprise. Use your own discretion about choosing this or any other reading material. I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kacie Woodmansee

    I've read a few of Elizabeth Camden's books in the past and have enjoyed them. I obviously wasn't paying attention because I originally didn't see that this was the 3rd book in a series. I could tell by the assumed familiarity with some of the other characters that this was probably the case, but it didn't keep me from being able to read and enjoy this book. Camden has always done a fantastic job of depicting historical time periods. I can tell she does a lot of research on the topic which helps I've read a few of Elizabeth Camden's books in the past and have enjoyed them. I obviously wasn't paying attention because I originally didn't see that this was the 3rd book in a series. I could tell by the assumed familiarity with some of the other characters that this was probably the case, but it didn't keep me from being able to read and enjoy this book. Camden has always done a fantastic job of depicting historical time periods. I can tell she does a lot of research on the topic which helps the reader immerse themselves in the story. I really enjoyed Luke's vulnerability in this story. I struggled a bit with his seemingly strong faith juxtaposed with his intense desire to destroy an entire family. Realizing the newness of his faith helped ease some of those frustrations. I did have two problems with this story. The first was how incredibly immature Marianne was. She was supposedly this brave, bold woman, but she was completely spineless with her family. They were crazy, but there's a fine line between honoring your parents/family loyalty, and allowing egregious misconduct to go unchecked. My second complaint follows, in that there doesn't seem to be much resolution there. They all just try to get along and not rock the boat, and some of the main transgressions are never really addressed. I did enjoy reading this book, and now I definitely need to go back and read the other two. I'm especially looking forward to Caroline's story. I'm sure it will be just as fast-paced and interesting as this one.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    A thrilling ending to Elizabeth Camden’s Hope and Glory series! The Prince of Spies will captivate readers with Luke’s long-awaited journey to fulfillment, as well as Camden’s impeccable research and storytelling ability. I have been eagerly looking forward to Luke’s story for quite some time, and from the moment I saw the cover I was enchanted. I am happy to report The Prince of Spies is perfectly, incandescently swoony and redemptive. I loved Luke and Marianne from the beginning, and it was wo A thrilling ending to Elizabeth Camden’s Hope and Glory series! The Prince of Spies will captivate readers with Luke’s long-awaited journey to fulfillment, as well as Camden’s impeccable research and storytelling ability. I have been eagerly looking forward to Luke’s story for quite some time, and from the moment I saw the cover I was enchanted. I am happy to report The Prince of Spies is perfectly, incandescently swoony and redemptive. I loved Luke and Marianne from the beginning, and it was wonderful to see familiar characters again, as well as new characters who captured my heart, attention, and occasionally my ire. I continue to be astounded by Camden’s ability to easily draw the reader into morally and ethically challenging situations that ultimately inspire and fulfill. Although I am sad to see the Delacroix siblings’ stories come to an end, The Prince of Spies wraps up the series in a compelling and inspiring manner. I am eagerly awaiting Camden’s next series! 4.5/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    "He barely knew her, but their spontaneous attraction was dangerous. Then again, Luke had always loved flirting with danger." Ever since meeting the charming and sometimes reckless Luke Delacroix in book one of Elizabeth Camden's Hope and Glory series, he instantly became a favorite character of mine. After playing a supporting role in the first two books of the series, Luke gets his story told in book three, The Prince of Spies. Luke's story was definitely worth the wait. Readers will be treated "He barely knew her, but their spontaneous attraction was dangerous. Then again, Luke had always loved flirting with danger." Ever since meeting the charming and sometimes reckless Luke Delacroix in book one of Elizabeth Camden's Hope and Glory series, he instantly became a favorite character of mine. After playing a supporting role in the first two books of the series, Luke gets his story told in book three, The Prince of Spies. Luke's story was definitely worth the wait. Readers will be treated to a fantastic tale rooted in a deep rivalry lasting several generations between two important families, the Delacroix family and the Magruder family. When Luke Delacroix and Marianne Magruder meet and sparks fly, tensions also increase as they soon discover that they belong to feuding families. Elizabeth Camden is one of my go-to authors for historical fiction, and her Hope and Glory series is my favorite of hers. She intricately weaves relatively unknown bits of history into her novels, such as the The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and "the Poison Squad," a group of men who voluntarily participated in food safety trials with a variety of preservatives. Although I am sad this series is over, the Delocroix family will have a permanent place on my keeper shelf where I can easily revisit old friends. The Prince of Spies 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.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lucinda

    This is the last book in the series, and what a way to finish! We've known Luke since the first book, Gray's story, from the time he was jailed in Cuba, to book 2, Caroline's, when he was released. At the beginning of this story, Luke is still recovering physically when he rescues a dog from the icy water and meets Marianne. They're drawn to each other and form a quick friendship, but when they find out each other's last names, they realize they shouldn't see each other again since the Delacroix This is the last book in the series, and what a way to finish! We've known Luke since the first book, Gray's story, from the time he was jailed in Cuba, to book 2, Caroline's, when he was released. At the beginning of this story, Luke is still recovering physically when he rescues a dog from the icy water and meets Marianne. They're drawn to each other and form a quick friendship, but when they find out each other's last names, they realize they shouldn't see each other again since the Delacroix and the Magruder families have a generations-long feud. But, of course, the more they see each other, the more they fall in love. Washington at the turn of the old century is a great setting, especially with all the issues going on, and with the contribution of secondary characters. I loved seeing Gray with Annabelle, and Caroline with Nathaniel, as they interact with Luke and welcome Marianne with open arms. I love this series and highly recommend each book to be read in order. I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is the third book in this series, and yes I have read them all, you get to meet each of the siblings, but this can be read alone. This is Luke's story, he is Charlotte's twin, whom we met as he was in a Cuban jail in a previous book. He is still on his mission for the betterment of mankind, with his experience in the food market, he wants the bad additives out! What he doesn't expect is meeting the daughter of the families arch rival, now how can that possibly work out? Well, you need to read This is the third book in this series, and yes I have read them all, you get to meet each of the siblings, but this can be read alone. This is Luke's story, he is Charlotte's twin, whom we met as he was in a Cuban jail in a previous book. He is still on his mission for the betterment of mankind, with his experience in the food market, he wants the bad additives out! What he doesn't expect is meeting the daughter of the families arch rival, now how can that possibly work out? Well, you need to read this awesome book to find out. We meet some horrible happenings here, and some really made me cringe, but there is also joy and hope and love that we are blessed to enjoy as we turn the pages. I wish there were more siblings, I enjoyed my time with the Delacroix family! Make sure you read the authors notes at the end of this book, great information about the beginnings of the FDA in 1906. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.

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