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A Gilded Lady

(Hope and Glory #2)

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Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the First Lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.

Nathaniel Trask is the newly appoi
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Paperback, 356 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Bethany House Publishers
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Sarah Grace Grzy
Apr 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gilded Lady is book two in the Hope and Glory series, Elizabeth Camden's newest series. I absolutely adored book one, The Spice King, so I was thrilled to receive a copy of book two!

The Hope and Glory series follows three siblings--Gray, Luke, and Caroline Delacroix. Of course, the sibling aspect has major appeal to me. This book follows Caroline's story and picks up either directly after Gray's story, or even a little before. It continues Luke's story from book one, and the suspense of that
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Deanne Patterson
Now while this is the second book in the Hope and Glory series and it can be read alone please do yourself a huge favor and read book number one and the upcoming book three as well. You'll love yourself for it and have a clearer understanding of the story as it progresses.
After discovering this author's books she has become an automatic must buy with each new publication .
No matter the historical subject she chooses to write about she goes about it fully armed with exquisitely done research whic
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Amanda Hupe
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2020-reads
*Que all the happiness* I just adore Elizabeth Camden’s books! And how did I miss the first book in her series Hope and Glory? I definitely intend to pick that book up soon! Thankfully, most of her books can be read as standalone novels. A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden introduces Miss Caroline Delacroix, the secretary and assistant of sorts to the First Lady of the United States in the year 1900. The first lady is quite a handful and Caroline is the only one who can handle her. But she has a s ...more
Nicole
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on Inkwell Inspirations

“Memories crowded as she watched him walk away. They had been living in a gilded age but hadn’t realized it until it was over…Her heart was full to the breaking point, for echoes of that gilded age would live with her forever.”

In A Gilded Lady, the second installment of her Hope and Glory series, award-winning author Elizabeth Camden creates a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with faith, romance, and patriotism. Elizabeth Camden is a master at
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Loraine
I loved the first book in the series, but this book was even better with more suspense and a closer look at the inner workings of President McKinley's presidency. Getting a glimpse into the first lady, Ida McKinley's, life was quite interesting. She definitely was a recluse due to seizures and could often lose her temper over trivial matters. McKinley seemed very understanding and loving with her in private.

This book focuses on Caroline Delacroix, Ida's social secretary, one of Gray Delacroix's
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Staci
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
I loved all the history in A Gilded Lady. The novel begins in 1900. Caroline Delacroix is serving as secretary to the First Lady, Ida McKinley. It was interesting to see the events that occurred and the role of assisting the First Lady.

While the history was wonderful, I wasn't enamored with the romance or the main male character, Nathaniel Trask.

Overall, it was an engaging novel and I look forward to the third in the series and reading Luke's story.
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Randi Annie Framnes
US First Lady’s secretary Caroline Delacroix is struggling with her twin brother Luke’s serious problems while working night and day. Secret Service agent Nathaniel Trask is suspicious of her, but has a hard time focusing because he is intensely attracted to her. As danger intensifies for the First Couple, Caroline and Nathaniel co-operates to deal with challenging and threatening situations.

A Gilded Lady is Book #2 in the Hope and Glory Series by Elizabeth Camden set in 1900s White House life.
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Paula Shreckhise
This is a romance set in the 1900/1901 Gilded Age backdrop of the McKinley administration.
This second book in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden follows Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the job of secretary to a somewhat difficult First Lady, Ida McKinley. Ms. Camden takes us behind the scenes of the White House and its workings. Not only does Caroline have to juggle her consuming responsibilities with some political intrigue involving one of her brothers, but she has to weigh her
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Rebecca
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Forever is now only today."

Straight-laced and by-the-book, Detective Nathaniel Trask reluctantly accepts a three month appointment as the head of President William McKinley's security team. Almost immediately, the glamorous and not-always-by-the-book Caroline Delacroix grabs his attention; her position as secretary to the First Lady giving her plenty of opportunity to rub Nathaniel the wrong way with her intentionally casual adherence to most of his strict protocols.

Caroline Delacroix is equal
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Tracey
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden is the perfect blend of history, romance and intrigue. It's going on my list of favorite books of the year!

Caroline Delacroix is a fun-loving socialite who comes to life in her role as secretary to demanding First Lady Ida McKinley. She's a hard worker, but complete opposite of strait-laced rule-follower Nathaniel Trask. He's on temporary assignment to the Secret Service to improve White House and presidential security. Let the sparks start flying! Their amusi
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Jennifer
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-remo
Another fabulous book from Elizabeth Camden!

To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed in the beginning. Things were just moving slower than what I expected coming from Miss Camden, and that was sad to me. But then things picked up pace and, wow, did it get interesting!

I realized I didn't know as much about the McKinley administration as I probably should, and that was really fun to learn about! Without giving anything away, let's just say I was more than satisfied with the ending!!! 😁😍
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Clara
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
This book is pure delight!

Elizabeth Camden is truly an exceptional author. I believe part of the reason is that she weaves the mundane into her story -- in the case of "A Gilded Lady", it was the intricacies of working in the White House and within the Secret Service. And, sure, this seems like signing up for an adventure but Caroline actually gets bored to death as soon as the new head of security Nathaniel Trask starts listing all the ways an assassin or anarchist can sneak into government pre
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MJSH
"We can't control the seasons in our lives, only how we respond to them. God planted eternity in our hearts, a longing to find meaning in the world."

Elizabeth Camden has an uncanny ability to make history come alive through her writing as she perfectly melds historical events with beautifully crafted fiction. This second book in the Hope and Glory series takes the readers to a completely different world from agriculture, spice procurement, and world traveling found in the first book The Spice Ki
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Maureen Timerman
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Now this is the second book in this series that I have read, and this is Caroline's story, and what an amazing one, and yes, it helps to have read the first book, but you could read this one alone It is historical in nature, so I knew part of the outcome, and unfortunately the past can't be changed!
Caroline is now working in the White House as a secretary to First Lady, Ida McKinley, and she is working constantly, she will make you breathless. They sure seemed to have a love hate relationship, b
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Lori
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful book by Elizabeth Camden. I truly love her writing style and her ability to bring the characters from the Gilded Age to life so that we may come to know them in their element.
I know that this is going to sound crazy but I think that Ida McKinley is my favorite first lady. I think the reason is because she's so misunderstood. She can't help her medical condition. Some think she's selfish and self absorbed. I really don't think so. I found her quite interesting!
I liked this cou
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Iola
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I almost didn’t read this novel, and that would have been my loss because it was excellent. I didn’t find the monochrome cover particularly appealing, and I’m somewhat tired of reading about the lifestyles of the privileged in the Gilded Age (the 1890’s aka the late Victorian era).

So what interested me about A Gilded Lady? Simple. Caroline Delacroix is the secretary to the First Lady of the United States, and the promise of a glimpse inside the White House of 1900 was enough to hook me. I have b
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Anne
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it
A Gilded Lady
by Elizabeth Camden
Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of Washington high society in her role as secretary to the first lady of the United States. But beneath the facade of her beauty, glamorous wardrobe, and dazzling personality, she's hiding a terrible secret. If she cannot untangle a web of foreign espionage, her brother will face execution for treason.
Nathaniel Trask is the newly appointed head of the president's Secret Service team. He is immediately suspicious of Caroline de
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~Bellegirl91~
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-books
"'You are unconditionally loved. Unconditionally forgiven You are a child of God, deserving of more credit than you're giving yourself.' The McKinley assignment hadn't gone well...failure was a normal part of being human, not a permanent condition."


Having this book overdue at the library so I could finish this with the kind of ending it had was so worth it. But I'm also grateful my county library doesn't do fees anymore *laughing*

Anyway, one thing I did enjoy about this historical fiction was
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Jaquelyn Scroggie
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I could not wait to get my hands on this book. I first met Caroline in The Spice King, and could not wait to get to know her more. Being the first lady’s secretary seems so glamorous, but once I read more about it, it did not sound easy. It was fun getting to see how much might have been required from such a position. I couldn’t imagine the responsibility and not having any time to myself. It did seem as if it fit Caroline perfect though. I enjoyed her quick wit and the way she seemed willing to ...more
Nicole
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
A good solid read that gives the reader a peek behind the White House walls in gilded-age America. I enjoyed the often overwhelming look at all that went on behind the scenes in political pageantry, and the look at former security measures was amazing. The characters were such a fun couple as their differences caused sparks and eventually complimented each other. Well-paced and with a good dose of both romance and intrigue, this is one to add to your summer reading list. I look forward to Luke's ...more
Lynda
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper-shelf
The setting for this novel is lush and vibrant. I know very little about the presidency, especially McKinley’s, but I feel as if I learned a lot. From the incredible preparations for state dinners and inaugurations, to security techniques and precautions of the day, to the way the White House staff lived in dormitory-style housing, readers are transported to another time for sure. I found it both made me glad to live today and a bit nostalgic for what was a simpler time for most people.

Caroline
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Rachael
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! In whatever creative historical profession Camden comes up with for her heroines, I can expect to learn something, but this book showed me just how ignorant I am about our president, first lady, and what goes on in the White House. While I knew vaguely that there had to be a lot of people behind the scenes of the White House, I now have a much greater appreciation for all the people who keep the country's administration running smoothly. I never imagined how much work there could be, ...more
Gabrielle Meyer
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another stunning novel by Elizabeth Camden! I just adore this series. Not only do I love Washington, D.C. and all it’s amazing history, but this is my favorite time period in American history, as well. I always learn so much! This story gets us up close and personal in the William McKinley White House and takes us on cross-country tour of America in 1901. I love Camden’s strong, intelligent heroines, and brave, strong heroes. Each character is so unique and the plots are like none others. I high ...more
Breny and Books
Jun 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading A Gilded Lady, I'm convinced this is book is in my top 5 favorite books list of 2020 . 

Guys, I am speechless. Never have I read such a unique story that turns overlooked positions, like being the first lady's help, into a story of conspiracies, secrets, and so much more. 

I do suggest reading book 1 first. You will get to know Caroline way better than way and see her character growth throughout the first two books. 

Coming from a wealthy family, she's had everything her heart desires
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Kelly-Ann ~ Sassy Bookish Mama
The Gilded Lady is the second book in the Hope and Glory series. I have not read the first book yet (insert gasp, as I hardly ever read books out of order) but I was super excited to receive a copy of this book. I actually did not feel like I was missing important information because I did not read the first one. So if you happen to pick this one up you should be okay. That being said I will be reading the first in the series before the third one comes out because that's just how I roll!

The Hope
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Phyllis
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!

My rating is 4.5 stars

Set in the opulence of the White House during the Gilded Age, A Gilded Lady is a delightful tapestry of faith, romance, familial love, and political intrigue. Camden captured the sense of time and place beautifully and filled this story with rich emotions so tangible you feel them yourself.

Caroline was introduced to us in The Spice King. She is now firmly entrenched as the secretary and personal assistant to Ida McKinley. It was interesting to see how they treated
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Faye
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A sweeping historical read, set in the White House, with high stakes tension, and opposites that attract.



I was thrilled to get the chance to read this book, I fell in love with the entire Delacroix family in the previous book were I was first introduced to the enigmaticly brilliant, and dazzlingly beautiful Caroline Delacroix. I admired Caroline's inner strength, she tackles the challenges of a difficult job as the secretary of tempermental First Lady Ida McKinley, with seeming ease, tirelessly
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Monique
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden we follow Caroline Delacroix as she navigates the White House as secretary to the First Lady, Ida McKinley. We’ve met Caroline in The Spice King and I really admired her! She’s very feminine with a vibrant personality and knows all about fashion, but she also is fierce, stubborn and very protective of her loved ones. She isn’t afraid to tell everyone what she thinks and can navigate all social contact and events with grace - and with admirable organisation sk ...more
Ashley
What a wonderful historical romance! I didn't think there was any way I'd enjoy A Gilded Lady as much as The Spice King, the first book in this series, but I did!

This book follows Caroline Delacroix, the sister of the leading man from The Spice King. I enjoyed getting to know her better. She's the personal secretary to Ida McKinley, the most disliked first lady in US history. Caroline was the perfect companion for Mrs. McKinley. She was respectful, but didn't take any guff from her. Their friend
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Diane Estrella
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Firstly, Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite go-to authors, so I am saddened to only feel led to give this book three stars.

The cover... GORGEOUS! One of the most stunning of all time, EVER. Next, the flirting was so fun and witty. Definitely more then the author has ever included in any of her other books. The banter was exhilarating and lively. This book had everything going for it in my opinion, but then went flat for me on two counts.

I was stumped as to where and when Caroline found/used
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