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Beyond all dreams
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948-
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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
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362 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1897 Washington, D.C., Anna O'Brien, a librarian at the Library of Congress, assists charismatic young congressman Luke Callahan, but the more political secrets they uncover the more their growing trust is strained"--
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..". a] captivating, emotionally charged journey through America's past."-- Publishers Weekly starred review on With Every Breath

Anna O'Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation's most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation's finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they've ever dreamed for their futures?

Author Notes

Elizabeth Camden is the author of six books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at

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Booklist Review

RITA and Christy award winner Camden (With Every Breath, 2014; The Rose of Winslow Street, 2012) draws on her experience as a college research librarian and her love of history in her latest novel. Map librarian Anna O'Brien is one of only eight female librarians working at the Library of Congress in 1897. When she discovers an error in a report about the USS Culpepper, the ship that sank with her father and 55 other men on board, she reports it to the navy, but rather than thanking her, the higher-ups threaten to eliminate her position. Through her work in the map room, Anna attracts the notice of the young congressman from Maine, Luke Callahan. Luke is drawn to Anna and offers to help her solve the nautical mystery. Both Luke and Anna had difficult childhoods, and Luke is struggling to cope with his family's history of alcoholism while raising his teenage nephew. Camden creates an intriguing blend of politics, mystery, maps, and family issues that will keep readers interested in this sweet, inspirational romance.--Quillen, C. L. Copyright 2010 Booklist