Friday, February 9, 2024

While the City Sleeps by Elizabeth Camden: Book Review

 *Book received for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

Amid the hushed city, two hearts must navigate danger and deception, bound by a love that outshines the stars.

Katherine Schneider's life as a dentist in 1913 New York is upended when a patient reveals details of a deadly plot while under the influence of laughing gas. As she is plunged into danger, she seeks help from the dashing Lieutenant Jonathan Birch, a police officer she has long admired from afar.

Jonathan has harbored powerful feelings toward Katherine for years but never acted on them, knowing his dark history is something she could never abide. Now, with her safety on the line, he works alongside her through the nights as they unravel the criminal conspiracy that threatens her . . . even as he keeps his deepest secrets hidden at all costs.

Elizabeth Camden is best known for her historical novels set in gilded age America featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award, and she lives in Florida with her husband who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.

While I haven't read a ton of books by Elizabeth Camden, one of the things that I've really enjoyed from those few books that I have read is her unique characters and settings. They've had unique careers and I found myself learning about a piece of history that I never considered before. This one was no exception. While a police officer and a dentist might not be that unusual of careers... a woman dentist in 1913 certainly was... and they both had the unique aspect of working a night shift in New York City, which added a really interesting element to the story. I've never really considered the history of dentistry at all... but I found the real story behind 'Painless Dentistry', where Katherine was employed to be fascinating... and a little bit hilarious. The author did such a great job of weaving that history with the romance and a great mystery too. The mystery had lots of twists and turns to keep me guessing. I really just found this to be a beautifully told story and one that I very much enjoyed. 

If you enjoy Christian historical romance, this is definitely one you'll want to check out for yourself.

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