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The Spice King

Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
Categories: Fiction, Sagas

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Summary

Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building his very successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before it spirals out of control, he returns to his ancestral home to save his brother and sister before it's too late. 

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 farm in Kansas will go under. She has no idea that in gaining entrance to the Delacroix world, she will unwittingly step into a web of dangerous political intrigue far beyond her experience. Unable to deny her attraction to the reclusive business tycoon, Annabelle will be forced to choose between her heart and loyalty to her country. Can Gray and Annabelle find a way through the storm of scandal without destroying the family Gray is fighting to save?

©2019 Elizabeth Camden (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Mhepler
  • 08-09-19

Exciting and Intriguing Story

Once again I was very very pleased with Elizabeth Camden!! A very interesting story line that had unpredictable twists and turns. This book provided such neat insight into the history of food/spices. I was sad to finish the book it was so good!

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  • Kate
  • 04-10-19

Captivating Story

When you want a rich historical background and fictional characters that are very lifelike that can blend into the history they are placed into seamlessly, Elizabeth Camden is the author for you! I have thoroughly enjoyed her books since I discovered her writings with Against the Tide. She knows how to write a swoon worth hero!

Gray Delacroix is a man who who has dealt with many hard blows in his life. He was a young child during the Civil War. He watched as his father had everything taken from him. He stood by his father and then stepped in for his father as they tried to rebuild their family business. As the business flourished, he traveled overseas and in doing that contracted illnesses that racked his body. Now that his father and step-mom have both passed on, took his place as head of his family, watching over his siblings like a second father. But now that they are adults, he is trying to find his place in this new dynamic. He is a hard working man, loyalty to his family, and an old world charm that captures your attention. While his younger brother is flashy and about the finer expensive things, he is calm and collected and appreciates what he has.

Annabelle Larkin is a long way from Kansas. She is one of the few women who have graduated from College at this time. She has packed her and sister up and have moved to the Washington D.C. She has a temp job at the Smithsonian...which is awesome! I would love to work there. The history that is there! Back on track. Annabelle has a job that many can't get and she desperately wants to stay. She has such a love for her family and a desire to take care of them.

When Gray and Annabelle have their meet-cute, it is fun. Annabelle is a very independent woman and she charges ahead into Gray's life. What plays out between then is interesting. They court and have a very sweet courtship. You feel like nothing can go wrong, but unfortunately, life tends to throw a wrench into plans.

The changes here in the story, I can understand. The feelings are real. The pain and anger, confusion are all there. The unknown. The hurt. Everything is played out and it makes you wonder how the story is going to close out, because, this is a hard one to see where it is going. I enjoyed that. I'm happy this wasn't a happy ending immediately. There is a lot of work to get to the end and it doesn't wrap up smoothly, because if it did, there wouldn't be a reason to continue this series. :-)

I honestly can't wait to see where the rest of this series goes. There is so much out there for Elizabeth to expand on and I am anxious to see it happen.

This book had so much to it. Romance, mystery, intrigue, history. This had everything I could ever want in a story.

This is a must read!

Thank you to the author, I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • H. Weston
  • 20-02-20

Ms. Camden does it again!

Ms. Camden’s books deserve every star they are given. Her impeccable research and subsequent attention to historical detail combined with her refined writing style make for excellent books every time. This one is no different. She weaves together story lines without confusing the reader and always ties everything up so neatly at the conclusion, although in this case I’m definitely waiting for the second in the series to find out what happens to Luke. Having grown up on an Idaho wheat farm, I was especially enamored with Annabelle. This novel is highly recommended!

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  • Frankie Ruthenberg
  • 19-02-20

Great

Great story ! A lot of History and a clean love Story! It's hard to find Clean love Stories and intertainment !!💗💓💓💓

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-20

Excellent. A very good read !!!!!

Insightful, heartwarming and hard to put down. I am looking forward to next book in the Hope and Glory series.

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  • Kimberly
  • 02-12-19

Too many loose ends

This was a good book to listen to; however, there seemed to be some loose ends left untied at the end. The narration was great!

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  • txreadingnook
  • 08-11-19

Suspense , Mystery , and a little touch of romance

Secrets , betrayal , politics , spying , and a little touch romance .

God is mentioned too and that is a big plus .
A great start to the first book in the series .
Absolutely loved it .
Can't wait for book two .
The narrator did an outstanding job , very talented .

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  • Megan Williamson
  • 07-11-19

Worth my time

Camden is a craftsman of the highest quality. This story grabbed me from the beginning and still hasn’t let go. I was fully immersed in this world of agriculture, business, and manufacturing. The themes of food purity and producers accountability are close to my heart but the characters are what captured me. I was excited for a sister’s prospects, rooting for parents to reach beyond the mundane, grieved by a brother’s tragedy, and swept away by big, dangerous, far-reaching dreams of a pair of hard-working, compassionate, intelligent, honorable people. It was worth the read and will be worth the reread soon enough.

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  • Dutchman
  • 29-10-19

Great story with interesting historical sub plots

Great story with interesting historical sub plots. well written with engaging characters and great pacing.

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  • Carrie Fancett Pagels
  • 03-10-19

A Wonderful Listen

Once Again, Elizabeth Camden gives us an amazing story full of twists and turns. Riveting!