28 September 2019

The Spice King | Book Review


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?

Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: September 3, 2019


Gray Delacroix has traveled the world building his family’s spice business. Annabelle Larkin, in her attempts to secure her position in Washington, D.C., reaches out to gain access to Gray’s collection of plants. Of course, as the cover suggests, Gray can be surly, off-putting, brooding, and not the most welcoming of people. Still, Annabelle works her way into his collection—and his heart. But that’s only the beginning of their story…

As the plot of The Spice King continues, Gray and Annabelle encounter a number of challenges: espionage and treason, mislabeled food and the need for government regulation, heartbreak and jealousy. With all that seems against them, is a future possible?

Elizabeth Camden frames this story superbly. From the McKinleys in the White House to relations with Cuba, questionable food products, and spice flavorings easily taken for granted nowadays, The Spice King offers a lot for a historical-fiction lover to learn and enjoy. Within this context, the characters of Gray and Annabelle then come to life, along with their families, with depth and emotion (and plenty of stubbornness, too), and it was a pleasure accompanying them through the pages of the story.

I sure hope that the Hope and Glory series continues with the stories of Gray’s siblings because I am intrigued. I can’t wait to see what the next story will be.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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