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The Spice King

(Hope and Glory #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  2,850 ratings  ·  573 reviews
Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.

As a junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle Larkin has been charged with the impossible task of gaining access to
Paperback, 348 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Issabelle Perry Hi, Lily. There wasn't any LGBTQ+ content in The Spice King. The book is a historical romance, so there are some romantic feelings and a couple of bri…moreHi, Lily. There wasn't any LGBTQ+ content in The Spice King. The book is a historical romance, so there are some romantic feelings and a couple of brief kisses, but it was very clean and there were no sex scenes. I hope this was helpful:)(less)

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Sarah Grace Grzy
Camden is my new favorite historical fiction author! No matter how many I read, I just can't find one I don't like! Camden is a master of this genre.

Annabelle Larkin is an adorably naive and innocent character, but that's not to say she doesn't have a backbone. She is passionate, tender-hearted, and nearly always optimistic, as well as patriotic with strong morals. I quickly fell in love with her sweet character. Grey Delacroix is quite the opposite. Embittered against the government for having
Deanne Patterson
No matter what subject matter the author writes on her research is thorough and exquisite. It's without question! I would have to imagine the author enjoys researching her books as that's how she writes.
For me what sets her books apart from the pack is the originality of the subject matter!
Yes, there is romance but it's not the story lead. I love these historical books which I can learn so much from. The cover is stunning and it's exciting to see the shift from females all the time gracing our c
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.
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
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Lovely start to a new series! Gray is the oldest sibling and feels responsible for the success of his company and the well being of his younger twin brother and sister. Gray's world revolves around spices from around the globe.

Annabelle brings her blind sister Elaine from a Kansas farm to Washington DC. She made this move to give her sister the opportunity to be at the Library of Congress. Meanwhile, Annabelle is trying to secure a permanent position at the Smithsonian.

The details about the van
Mimi Matthews
Aug 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Camden writes with such elegance. Her words are a pleasure to read. And her research! My gosh. I am in awe. This novel had so much fascinating history in it, all of it authentic and compelling and expertly woven into a beautiful love story. I adore a stern hero like Gray Delacroix. And Annabelle was my favorite kind of heroine--strong, intelligent, and good hearted.

Longer review to come.
Rachel McMillan
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
With her always detailed and immersive research and her glorious turns of phrase, Camden excels at spotlighting interesting and little known aspects of American history in her highly readable books. Her heroines are always intelligent and more than matches for their equally bright heroes. Gray and Annabelle are no exception.

The fact that Camden finds ways to extol the agency women did have as they worked up in a man's world is fascinating to me and she always draws out nuances in the threads of
Issabelle Perry
This was SO SO SO GOOD!!!!! *hugs book* I mean, just LOOK at that cover! *ALL the heart eyes* It alone testifies to the awesomeness of this story! The setting was so well-fleshed out and was written so perfectly, I felt like I was transported back into that time. The plot was well-paced, and I LOVED watching Gray and Annabelle's relationship grow. And I loved all the characters especially Gray and Luke and Caroline. I am SOOO excited that Caroline and Luke get their own stories. Ah I need the se ...more
3.5 stars. Quite a good story, although the ending felt a bit rushed, and the differences between hero and heroine seemed to evaporate rather too suddenly. I did quite enjoy the unexpected twists and turns of the plot though.

I liked the setting and unusual occupations of the MCs. The heroine's sunny nature made her very likeable, although the patriotism angle felt a little overdone at times. The hero's brother, Luke, and his sister Caroline, both clearly have their stories yet to be told, althou
4 Stars ✨

The Spice King in set in 1900s Washington DC. It’s full of political Intrigue, scandal and hidden truths. A story of two people from very opposite backgrounds who find common ground with their love of all things plants and spices. I really enjoyed the history and a look into food quality of the 1900s.

This is my first book by Camden and I was impressed with her writing. I thought the characters were likable and enjoyed the historical atmosphere. The Spice King shines a light on what ha
Stacy Wilson
May 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Excellent historical Christian fiction. I learned so much about so many different subjects. I love when books make me want to dig further and do more research.
Heidi Robbins (Heidi Reads...)
I'm always impressed by the amount of historical detail and circumstances the author weaves into the story that I had never considered, especially at a time when more women are making their way into the workforce. It makes me excited to think about these pioneers and how they contributed to our nation. Washington D.C. is a fascinating setting and I loved seeing the city through the eyes of Annabelle. She is driven with such purpose, whether it be analyzing grain samples or persuading someone to ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I hope to the bottom of my soul that I never have to see you again."

Scorching words. Unfortunately for Annabelle Larkin they were understandable, if not deserved, for she had just made an excruciating, possibly unforgivable choice.

Hired as a temporary junior botanist for the Smithsonian, Annabelle and her sister arrive in Washington from Kansas with one mission in mind; to gain full-time employment that would pay Annabelle in valuable agricultural information, and enough monetary funds to save
Oct 25, 2022 rated it liked it
This book was okay. The love interest wasn't as sweet as I had hoped. I liked the protagonist's spunky attitude, when it shone through. Overall, it just didn't really speak to me. ...more
Apr 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It has been ages since I last read an Elizabeth Camden book, and coming back to her writing with The Spice King was a treasure I didn’t know I had been missing!

Washington DC was the perfect backdrop for this (unexpectedly) educational novel. Having been there once when I was a senior in high school, I was instantly reminded of the patriotism I felt for my country when I visited. I was also able to visualize several of the historical landmarks that would have been present in the early 1900s, and
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
**4.5 stars**

The title of the book was the first thing that intrigued me. I wanted to know who the spice king was? Did he live in another country? There were so many possibilities.

What I found was a great book set during the McKinley Presidency. This was a time of agricultural upheaval. It appears that food wasn't regulated and that cheap imitations and fillers could be sold to unsuspecting consumers. I was fascinated with the political intrigue, bribery, and the struggle to change packaging and
Elizabeth Camden is one of my autobuy authors. I see a new book, I click “add to cart” and then patiently wait 6 months for it to be released. This time I got extremely lucky as I was able ro read an advance e-copy and the waiting was cut short! And I’m so glad it was... because The Spice King is AMAZING. It’s the best christian historical fiction I read this year. I’m gonna tell you why.

First, I couldn’t stop reading. I read so much my ereader actually overheated. Did I wait for it to cool dow
Jayna Baas
Sep 29, 2021 rated it liked it
My favorite part of this book was the history. What an interesting setting for a novel! The “inside look” at the food industry at the turn of the century was intriguing—and a little alarming, since ingredients lists haven’t kept Clyde Magruder’s ilk from scheming. (What exactly are “natural flavors,” anyway?) I didn’t necessarily agree with the politicizing of the issue, but I think it’s a good example of the Bible verse that says, “For the transgression of a land many are the princes thereof”—i ...more
Bookish Ally
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t know why I’m always so embarrassed to say when I’ve read a romance. It’s like a little guilty secret of mine. Here’s the thing - they comfort me because I KNOW they’ll end happily, and that I will feel good, probably several times,while reading, as I place myself in the position of the lovely young protagonist and fall in love for the first time (as opposed to being a 50 something and somewhat love-jaded in the middle of a pandemic blah blah)

But WHY did I like this romance ?

1. Squeaky
Sarah Monzon
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The history and look into food quality was really interesting!
I've given this a C+ for narration and a B for content at AudioGals - so that's somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars, rounded up.

I haven’t read or listened to anything by Elizabeth Camden before, but one of my fellow reviewers at All About Romance is a big fan of her work, and after reading the synopsis of the author’s latest release, The Spice King, I decided to give it a try. It proved to be an entertaining listen; the writing is smooth and flows beautifully, the story has obviously been very wel
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
‘The Spice King’ by Elizabeth Camden: A Historical Novel Sure to be an Experience | Book Review

STORY | For his entire life, Gray Delacroix has worked hard. The result of which is a successful generational family company that proudly sells the finest gourmet spices. But now, as a wealthy distinguished gentleman, the one thing he doesn’t have, a family, seems very important.

When he meets with Annabel Larkin, Gray is both agitated and impressed by her determination. Working as a botanist in D.C.,
Randi Annie Framnes
Secrecy and scandal all the way to the top

This new series, set in Washington DC 1900, brings a brand new perspective to the genre, as it focuses on spices and food production. We get to know young Smithsonian botanist Annabelle who tries to get access to the Delacroix private plant collection and to the owner himself, the reclusive Gray Delacroix.
The plot progressed in an unusual way which I enjoyed. I thought the main theme would be the spice trade and food production issues. That ended up bei
Paula Shreckhise
The Spice King is book number one in the series Hope and Glory by historical author Elizabeth Camden.
An avid fan of history, I relished this setting of 1900 in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. I learned about the early days of regulating the food industry and the beginning of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. The glimpse into the Smithsonian and The Department Of Agriculture was fascinating. The explanations of the process involved in spice making were especially interesting.
Ms. Ca
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Camden can always be trusted to deliver riveting fiction from fascinating, lesser known bits of history. I mean, I've never even thought about the politics of the food industry from a historical perspective and yet this author has woven a complex tale of intrigue and betrayal and impossible choices around that very topic.

Annabelle is smart and gutsy and driven! She has to be if she wants to succeed in her male dominated field. Love her strength and determination, anchored in the roots
Jun 18, 2021 rated it liked it
I truly cannot decide if I liked this book, or if I was just interested enough to keep turning the pages.
On one hand, I enjoyed the overall plot of the story - the history Camden was able to write into this book was really fascinating, and I enjoyed learning about Good Housekeeping and the Department of Agriculture. I also liked the pacing of the book and thought that everything was given the appropriate amount of attention. I did not, however, like Annabelle. I thought she was rather shallow a
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartwarming is the word that is buzzing around in my head still hours after finishing it. As usual, the writing was engaging and pulled me in from the beginning. I really liked the character of Gray Delacroix, he knew who he was and who he wasn't. He loved his younger siblings even though in the beginning, he clashed with them, he didn't give up on them and they knew that he loved them. It took me less than 24 hours to read this book and I wish the story of Gray, Annabelle, Elaine, Caroline, Lu ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a compelling and unusual read. Gray and Annabelle had a very unusual relationship, I definitely enjoyed their banter but did they have some major things to overcome to find happily ever after! This story line was very interesting and kept me invested throughout. There are elements that will carry over to the rest of the series and I am looking forward to finding out all those secrets!

I received this book as a member of the launch team and was not required to post a positive review. All
Heather Wood
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I almost completely fell head over heels for this book. I'd say I loved 99% of it. I wish the terrible earn-your-own salvation theology hadn't gotten in the way, because I loved the entire story part.
I hope the other two books in the series are about Luke and Caroline! Love them!
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

“At the end of her life, she wanted to know that she had made a difference for the better.”

In The Spice King, the first installment of her Hope and Glory series, award winning author Elizabeth Camden has created an intriguing historical fiction novel filled with faith, romance, betrayal, and treason. Elizabeth Camden is a master at taking relatively unknown parts of history, such as the lack of regulation in the U.S. food industry and the use of adulterat
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