The Spice King
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Genre: Historical Fiction
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it’s too late.
As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to the notoriously private Delacroix plant collection. If she fails, she will be out of a job and the family farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience.
Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?
After reading the premise of this book, I was slightly intrigued and knew that I had to read it because it’s different than most historical fiction novels.
At the beginning I was afraid that I would become bored because I’m not all that into plants or botany, yet Ms. Camden was able to include those elements without weighing the book down with them. She did an amazing job of evening out those parts with other things, like the intrigue.
The characters were well written and thought out. I loved Annabelle’s sunny personality and ability to brighten a room when she walked into it. I did get frustrated with her because she didn’t seem to have her priorities straight and while she was very loyal to the government, she wasn’t very loyal to some people in her life. I rather liked Gray and though at first I thought him to be the typical brooding hero, he wasn’t. It was fun to see how he changed so much within the story. My favorite character though, would have to be the younger brother, Luke. I don’t know, I’m just always a sucker for the characters like him in books. I was a little disappointed that we didn’t see as much of him in this book. but I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of him in the future.
All in all, this book was good. The plot was strong and not typical in the least, which I very much appreciate. My only complaint is Annabelle and the decisions she made. Despite that, I’m very much looking forward to the next book in this series.
**I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher, though was in no way required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.**
Soli Deo Gloria,