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(Empire State #3)
By Elizabeth Camden
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
February 5th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
Eloise Drake's prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she's now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.
Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town--but he needs Eloise's help to succeed.
Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he'd lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.
She loved working here, even if she wasn’t quite part of the team. The other accountants often laughed and joked with one another, but as the only woman in the office, she was rarely invited to join in. It wasn’t their fault. Being an outsider was normal for Eloise. She had always lacked that nameless ability to fit in and was grateful for the chance to be here at all.
Most people considered accounting a dull profession filled with endless columns of numbers, but when Eloise looked at those same columns, she saw stories. Those numbers spoke of financial gambles, triumphs, danger, and dreams coming true or being shattered. America was built on a foundation of finance, and without accountants to keep it all organized, business and innovation would grind to a halt. The people in this office were transforming New York City into a world of skyscrapers, subways, water tunnels, and bridges, and she got to be a part of that team.
It didn’t take long to amend Leon’s mistake, and then she returned to her own work. The latest expense report for the Duval Springs project was due by the end of the week. She opened a file to examine the statement submitted by the town for reimbursement, and her gaze zeroed in on the signature at the bottom of the page.
He was now the mayor of Duval Springs, and she routinely saw his name on official reports. It never failed to crack a tiny bit of her composure. She hadn’t set eyes on him in twelve years. She and Alex had been harshly punished after Bruce discovered their clandestine meetings, but it appeared Alex had outgrown his reckless, daredevil ways. She didn’t make a habit of following his career, but her job involved paying the state’s bills for a lawsuit Alex had launched against their office. He’d been the mayor for five years and had clearly recovered from the damage Bruce inflicted.
For herself, she had received her accounting license and was flourishing in the most vibrant city in the world, the image of prim respectability. Each morning she smoothed her red hair into an elegant coiffure, then tugged on a smartly tailored jacket to project the air of unflappable confidence that had gotten her this far in the world.
It hadn’t always been this way. As a girl, she’d been so madly in love with Alex Duval that she would have done anything for him. If he’d suggested they run away to join the gypsies, she’d have done it. Buy a boat and sail toward the sunrise? Fled to an attic apartment in Paris to live like bohemians? They had discussed all those glorious, improbable dreams. In the end, the only thing they’d done was lie in the grass behind the old cider mill. Bruce had been right. Young men wanted only one thing from a girl, and she’d stupidly given it away and asked for nothing in return but the chance to wallow in Alex’s beaming attention.
Not anymore. Today she was governed by rules and respectability.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Camden is the author of twelve historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. 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. She lives with her husband in Florida.
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