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The Spice King

(Hope and Glory #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  569 ratings  ·  240 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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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
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by:
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
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
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
What a well researched story! The details were very unique! You can clearly see Elizabeth Camden’s love for history by the attention to detail she shares with her readers.

I really enjoyed the characters. I look forward to reading more about the Delacroix siblings!

This was my first time reading this author and I absolutely will read more by Elizabeth Camden in the future!

The Spice Kingis available NOW – visitwww.christianbook.comfor purchase details!

I received a complimentary copy of this book
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
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
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
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
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
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, ...more
Sarah Monzon
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
The history and look into food quality was really interesting!
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
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.
A Dangerous Legacy (Empire St #1) 3 stars
A Desperate Hope (Empire State#3) DNF.
The Spice King (Hope + Glory #1) 4 stars.

Had romance, mystery & spirituality. Washington
DC & trips to Cuba, May 1900, going forward.

Wealthy Gray traveled the world to find, process
& sell spices. His trade rival was the Magruder fam.
who employed dishonest means. The Smithsonian
gave Annabelle, a college grad, a 6 mo. assignment
as a junior botanist. Later, she enjoyed a promotion
to the US Dept. of
Victoria Lynn
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me out of the water. Quite honestly, I didn’t know what to expect having never read a book by Camden before. But wow. The historical emphasis really inspired me and I had a fantastic time learning about the origin of food laws and requirements, before the FDA was ever invented.

Set amidst one of the sweetest romances I think I’ve ever read, this book was pure perfection. I haven’t really been into romance lately as the traditional sense of the word has been overrun in recent times
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
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Spice King is a soaring and tantalizing tale about two very different persons from both sides of the fence who made choice to help their kin and the consequences they face afterward.

I do know this novel does not classify as an historical romance but the blurb told me there was a hint of it inside this historical fiction.
Now, I do think this is my first historical read set this late in history, right at the end of the gilded age. so yes, there is no sizzling scenes but Gray and Annabelle’s
Lisa Johnson
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Title: The Spice King (Hope and Glory #1)
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Pages: 352
Year: 2019
Publisher: Bethany
My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.
Annabelle Larkin has a new job as a botanist with the Smithsonian Institute. Her first big assignment is a near impossible task…get an interview with the reclusive Gray Delacroix, the spice king. Gray has spent most of his life up until now traveling the globe in search of new and the best of spices to cement his family’s company as the premier supplier of
Lynda Edwards
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
Elizabeth Camden has long been an author I enjoy, but The Spice King marks the first of a family-based series that is well-written, exciting, mysterious, and one for which the next installment cannot come soon enough! She has created a troubled family empire with characters to root for, even when they make some cringe-worthy decisions, and placed them within a setting that is unique yet accessible.

Camden’s characters are three dimensional and often one of the best parts about her books, but she
Lou Allen
The Spice King is set in Washington DC, in 1900, which is a setting and time period in American history that I knew nothing about.

I liked both Gray and Annabelle from the start. They were both strong, feisty and determined to succeed in their own spheres of life.

I liked that they both have close family ties and wanted to help and support the people that mattered to them the most. I particularly enjoyed seeing the way they sparked off each other.

I definitely felt for Annabelle who was caught up
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another fantastic read from Camden! Peel back the cover (cleverly designed with vanilla coloring) and enter a gilded world flavored with the spices of romance, heartache, and political intrigue. The characters are loveable and relatable, and the story one to devour - leaving you grateful for the promise of more to come! Definitely one to add to your historical fiction collection.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Set in Washington DC in 1900, Annabelle Larkin is a college grad from Kansas who lands a temporary job as a junior botanist for the Smithsonian. In order to secure a permanent position, she must gain access to the private Delacroix plant collection. Gray Delacroix has worked for two decades traveling the globe for exotic plants and spices to rebuild his family’s business. There are a few twists and turns and I loved how Annabelle and Gray are constantly thrown together. There is a satisfying ...more
Randi | randiloves2read
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
Vera Godley
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first pages of The Spice King until the very end, this story was amazing and I was enchanted. I found the background information sprinkled liberally throughout the book about the spice and flavoring industry and the cost to procure authentic products thoroughly captivating.

I will never look at a little bottle of vanilla flavoring again without a heap of respect for its history.

Set in 1900, the story captures the social temperature of the times with residual hatred for the effects
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Elizabeth Camden is the author, the reading is always fascinating, interesting and unboring. There is a lot of information in this book, especially related to spices, and other ingredients that make food valuable to us. The romance between Gray Delacroix and Annabelle Larkin made the story even more flavorful! I enjoyed this novel from the beginning to the end - very much. Can't wait for the second book in this series!
Courtney Clark
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Spice King is an intelligent historical romance!
Things I loved about this novel:
-the tenacious heroine! She's capable and wonderfully feminine, yet she still proves her ability and right to work in an environment history traditionally viewed as a place for men. And she loves her sister so much!
-a brooding and fiercely loyal hero, whose facade begins to melt when he sees the potential for a dream for companionship and family unrealized (both in a romantic way and the relationships restored
Oct 15, 2019 added 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.,
Grace Mullins
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Full review to come. ...more
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“She embodied laughter and optimism and steadfast determination. Being with her felt like wind in his sails, filling him with buoyant optimism.”

Elizabeth Camden has done it again! What a fascinating story from the beginning to end! This beautifully written and masterfully crafted tale takes us first to 1900 Alexandria, VA as Gray is building his spice trade empire and Annabelle is starting a new life in Washington DC as a botanical specialist in the Smithsonian. As Annabelle and Gray meet while
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alright alright, I have to admit this one's pretty good. xD I'm normally not a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden because her books just aren't the most realistic in the romance category (which this one wasn't exactly either but still a lot better).

Can I start off by saying the jobs of main characters are COOL? Come on, a botanist and spice empire founder? It can't really get cooler than that in my opinion. xD I also applaud Camden for the unique plot of this book -- it's definitely unlike anything
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