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The Prince of Spies

(Hope and Glory #3)

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Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, DC. In reality, he is secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission is to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world.

But trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman's only daughter, whose job
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 16th 2021 by Bethany House Publishers
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Randi Annie Framnes
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Prince of Spies is book 3 in the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden, published by Bethany House Publishers. The story is set in 1902 Washington DC, and we follow ex-government spy, now magazine journalist, Luke Delacroix, as he works to improve food legislation. He meets governmental photographer Marianne Magruder and instantly falls for her, but when they learn each other’s family names they realize they have landed in the middle of their families’ long lasting feud, and it seems imp ...more
Cara Putman
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A delightful Romeo and Juliet type of story that’s firmly placed in real events. A really good read! This book had it all. I loved the hero and his questions. The heroine was trying so hard to keep the peace. The book was masterful. I missed the book before this one, but can't wait to go back and fill it in. ...more
Rachel McMillan
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lady Camden has said that this was the most romantic of her stories and in a way she's right because LUKE DELACROIX holy cow

and so I am gonna tell you that if you like Le Bridgerton you might wanna check this out: not because it is of the regency ton but because the family dynamics are as sparkling to me as the romantic relationships


Each singular in each sibling's meticulously researched and emotionally mature love story, yes, but because the sibling friendships and dynamics provide such a lov
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Martha
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
First off, if you love to learn history and the science of development of society, pick up an Elizabeth Camden book. You will never simply just be entertained, you will also learn so much. I love history and read a lot of books, but I learned so many new facts and info that I had never known before when I picked up this novel.


Want to learn something new, but not really a fan of history books? I had not ever read about "The Poison Squad", but in "Prince of Spies" by Elizabeth Camden, I was enthr
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Amanda Hupe
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2021-reads
Thank you, Elizabeth Camden, NetGalley, and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read this book!

The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is book three in the Hope and Glory series. I had the opportunity to read A Gilded Lady last year and I absolutely adored it! Needless to say, my hopes were high for this book! Luke Delacroix is the younger brother of Gray Delacroix and Caroline’s twin brother. He is very close with his family but is often risking his life, driving his family crazy. A
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Rachelle Cobb
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-read
Impeccable. Camden’s are always auto-reads for me. This is my new favorite. Love, love, love Luke and his quest.
Rebecca
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

"Amazing women have inspired men from the dawn of literary history. Cleopatra, Helen, Guinevere, Juliet, and Dulcinea. To these legendary heroines, I add my own, and her name is Marianne."

What kind of girl risks life and limb to rescue an innocent little canine struggling to crawl out of a frozen river? "Aunt Marianne" would, and since that is the only name that Luke Delacroix can ascribe to the beautiful creature lying beside him on the ice, he is going to have to rely on the fact that
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MJSH
Elizabeth Camden truly has a way of creating absolutely delectable historical fiction, turning somewhat little remembered facts in our history into centerpieces of her incredible writing. Hope & Glory series takes the reader on a journey from the boom of spice importing and processed food industry and agricultural science (The Spice King) to the last year of President McKinley's administration and all its politics and glitter (A Glided Lady) to the long years and sacrifice poured into the Pure F ...more
Farhana JC
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
*3.75 stars
Got this as an arc, very well written and engaging. I didnt know it was the third and last book in the series but it can be read as a standalone. Cute romance, very PG (havent read a sweet innocent book in a while lol).
Paula Shreckhise
This is the third book of the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. I have enjoyed this whole series and count it among the very best series I have read. The three covers together make an awesome tableau. This is Luke Delacroix story and it is like Romeo and Juliet without the tragic ending. Luke and his family are very much at odds with the Magruders. Luke meets Marianne when he rescues her nephew’s dog that has fallen through the ice. Things get complicated when he learns who Aunt Mariann ...more
Rachel Scott
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth Camden does such a fabulous job at taking an obscure piece of history and bringing it to life. I really enjoyed learning about the food testing and the 'Poison Squad'. Her research into all this is impressive, and I love how she seamlessly weaves these truths into fiction.

I'm also a fan of forbidden romances and so I was super happy to find out this story features that trope. I really loved Luke's character in this series. He has a bit of a recklessness about him, but he possesses a go
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Nicole
Feb 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Another fascinating read from Camden! I always love the insight this author brings to life as it was a century ago, by exploring unique and often overlooked jobs and the historical circumstances that affected (or were affected by) them.

It was so good to finally read Luke's story, and Marianne was such an endearing heroine! I loved watching their story unfold, and appreciated that the author managed to serve up a healthy portion of tension and uncertainty without stirring in the typical dose of m
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Heather Wood
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
As this series ends, first of all, I'm a big fan of the Delacroix family and the covers of these books. I want to frame them and put them on my wall! I can't help but love Luke and I love him next to Gray, so I'm glad they got so much screen time together in this one. I've enjoyed watching Luke mature over this series and even more in this book and liked watching him fight for the woman he loved.
I was never bored in this book. Once again Camden highlights obscure, fascinating history, which is
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Christine
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've now read the entire Hope and Glory series and I have to say each book was better than the last. I would say Luke was my favorite character of all and was glad to have the final edition centered around him. The characters developed well over the course of the story and my interest was maintained from beginning to end. While you could follow this story if read as a standalone, these novels do build off one another and would be best enjoyed in sequence. I would say this is a light and quick hi ...more
Jeanne Alfveby Crea
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Bravo!!! Excellent conclusion to a fabulous trilogy!
I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden's fascinating historical fiction. She excels at finding obscure history and creating such interesting stories around it. I have loved each of the stories in this series. The siblings each get their own story; Gray Delacroix (The Spice King), Caroline Delacroix (A Guilded Lady), and now Luke Delacroix (The Prince of Spies).

In The Prince of Spies, we learn the intriguing history leading up to the need for the
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Monique
The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden is the third and last book in the Hope and Glory series. I do recommend reading the earlier books in this series, as Luke, the main character, has been in them quite often. I suppose it gets covered in short in the book itself, but you’ll miss a lot by skipping the first two books, especially as all previous characters play a role in this one too, yay!

Also, this cover! It’s so stunning and I can’t get over the fact that when you lay all three books in a r
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Kacie Woodmansee
Jan 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I've read a few of Elizabeth Camden's books in the past and have enjoyed them. I obviously wasn't paying attention because I originally didn't see that this was the 3rd book in a series. I could tell by the assumed familiarity with some of the other characters that this was probably the case, but it didn't keep me from being able to read and enjoy this book. Camden has always done a fantastic job of depicting historical time periods. I can tell she does a lot of research on the topic which helps ...more
Sylvia
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A thrilling ending to Elizabeth Camden’s Hope and Glory series! The Prince of Spies will captivate readers with Luke’s long-awaited journey to fulfillment, as well as Camden’s impeccable research and storytelling ability.

I have been eagerly looking forward to Luke’s story for quite some time, and from the moment I saw the cover I was enchanted. I am happy to report The Prince of Spies is perfectly, incandescently swoony and redemptive. I loved Luke and Marianne from the beginning, and it was wo
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Nicole
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"He barely knew her, but their spontaneous attraction was dangerous. Then again, Luke had always loved flirting with danger."

Ever since meeting the charming and sometimes reckless Luke Delacroix in book one of Elizabeth Camden's Hope and Glory series, he instantly became a favorite character of mine. After playing a supporting role in the first two books of the series, Luke gets his story told in book three, The Prince of Spies. Luke's story was definitely worth the wait.

Readers will be treated
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Rachael
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly...WOW! I don’t think I can do this book justice in a review. The love story is a beautiful one...I love the time they spent together, the qualities they like in each other, and the growth of both of the main characters.

This book also contains fascinating history of Washington D.C. Everything from the historic building and construction to the historical ways of testing food preservatives on humans. I really enjoyed learning about that as well.

With an intriguing and beautiful love story, fas
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Maggie Boyd
Feb 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Prince of Spies is a tale of star-crossed lovers with a charming hero and heroine who are a delight to read about. However, it combines that appealing romance with some troublesome plot points which made grading the tale a conundrum for this reviewer.

This is book three of the Hope & Glory trilogy. The backstory from the first two novels plays a large role in this one, so I recommend reading the series in order.

When Luke Delacroix sees a young woman attempting to rescue a dog that has fallen thro
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PP's Bookshelf
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Camden cast an exotic spell on me in The Prince of Spies. The spell gave me the power of time travel. It gave me the opportunity to see a relatively modern and very realistic reenactment of Romeo and Juliet's love story with a very different execution and outcome. It gave me the ability to turn into many persons at a time. A photographer. A spy. A politician. A scientist. And now that the spell is gone, I wish I never came out of it.

Set in 1900 United States, this story was a clever an
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Connie Saunders
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is the third and final book of the Hope and Glory series and I believe that it's my favorite. I enjoyed Gray and Caroline's previous stories but oh, my, there's just something about Luke Delacroix! Is it because he chooses to live outside the lines? That he cares deeply for correcting the wrongs of the world? Or his deep faith in God that became even stronger while he was locked up in a Cuban jail? Yes, Luke Delacroix is a hero to remember!

The Prince of Spies is set in 1902 and author Eliza
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Meagan
Jan 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
"The Spice King"--book 1 in the Hope & Glory series--was my first exposure to Elizabeth Camden as an author, and I've closely followed the series ever since. This book absolutely lives up to my (very high) expectations!

We've been teased with bits and pieces of Luke's story from the beginning, and I was very excited to finally get a full-length book just for him. (Cue "Home Alone" reference: "A lovely cheese pizza, just for me.") It was particularly fascinating to read for a couple reasons beyond
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Ashley Johnson
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was so interesting to me! I absolutely have loved the focal point of this series and this book was a solid end to the story! Luke is such a charming and charismatic hero! I absolutely loved him and thought he brought such life and energy to this story! I enjoyed Maryanne’s quit wit and felt like she paired well with Luke! I wanted her to be more independent, and that was something I really struggled with in relation to her character. She was bold and daring, except when it came to her ...more
Lifeofliterature
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic conclusion to a great series! One of my favorite parts of Elizabeth Camden’s writing (there are actually lots of things I love about her writing) is her ability to study such a fascinating subject and bring it to life on the pages. In this particular series, I have learned about food safety at the turn of the twentieth century, and this novel further delves into this captivating history. I love how well researched her books are and this one is no exception! I also really enjoyed ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
This is the third book in this series, and yes I have read them all, you get to meet each of the siblings, but this can be read alone.

This is Luke's story, he is Charlotte's twin, whom we met as he was in a Cuban jail in a previous book. He is still on his mission for the betterment of mankind, with his experience in the food market, he wants the bad additives out!

What he doesn't expect is meeting the daughter of the families arch rival, now how can that possibly work out? Well, you need to read
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Liz
Feb 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was SO excited to finally finish this wonderful series! As always, Camden's historical fiction teaches me so much I didn't know about the behind-the-scenes sacrifices that make our country great. And to enjoy the conclusion to Luke's story, too? What a ride! I found my heart racing at the risks he took, as well as the love he couldn't avoid. A beautifully knit romance with THREE strands (Ecclesiastes 4:12) as he and Marianne grow in their commitment to each other and the Lord. I appreciate the ...more
Michelle
Feb 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness what a great conclusion to this series. Luke's story we all knew would be great and it was very well written. You could read this book on its own but I really would recommend starting with the first book in the series. The characters are so well written and developed. I loved the spunky personalities in this book and I really had no idea how exactly things would end. I feel like there were a couple of twists I wasn't expecting and that made it all the better. I loved that Marianne ...more
Paula
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Prince of Spies is a fantastic story. I have read all three books in this series, and I think I like this one the best! Luke has been out of prison now for a few months, and he meets Marianne on the ice, trying to rescue a poor dog that is going to drown.. He doesn't know the lady's name at first, but he knows he must know more about her. They soon learn that their family names are families that have been at odds for generations. Sworn enemies. They continue to see each other anyway, and the ...more
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