Two Reviews: Golden Hour by Chantel Guertin & A Daring Venture (Empire State #2) by Elizabeth Camden

Golden Hour by Chantel Guertin

Publication Date: May 22nd, 2018

Rating: 2 ½ Stars

Pippa is a senior in high school, passionate about photography with hopes of fulfilling her father’s legacy within Tisch’s photography program. But, has she inadvertently closed herself off to experiences as she charged toward this perceived plan? In this fourth and final installment of the Pippa Green Series the reader is reintroduced to the stressors of high school and dramatics of the college search.

In full transparency, I did not read the first three books within this series. Regardless, I did not feel “lost” as I read Golden Hour, but rather sensed I was missing some significant backstory on many of the underlying characters. Author, Chantel Guertin, did a fantastic job creating her characters as I immediately felt comfortable with Dace and Pippa, despite jumping into their friendship at the finale. However, the plot and drama within felt mundane and overplayed. There was nothing that stood out from this book and the MANY other books that cover these same themes.

*Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, ECW Press, in exchange for an honest review.

A Daring Venture (Empire State #2) by Elizabeth Camden

Publication Date: June 5th, 2018

Rating: 2 ½ Stars

Rosalind Werner is a female, doctorate level trained, biochemist in early 1900’s New Jersey. She is working diligently to convince the state to allow chlorine dilution in the water supply to reduce water-borne diseases, a system we continue to utilize today. Nick Drake is a wealthy-by-chance, newly appointed Commissioner of Water in New York who begins to fall for Rosalind despite his skepticism toward “poisoning” the people’s water supply. The ensuing story is one of historical romance.

Rosalind’s intelligence and education are continually mentioned within A Daring Venture. Nick is self-conscious someone of Rosalind’s level would be attracted or interested in a plumber, such as himself. As a well-educated woman myself, this continued dynamic was EXTREMELY off putting. I loved that author, Elizabeth Camden, gave us a strong female lead, but these efforts were contradicted by the male’s insecurities.

Additionally, while this book reads as a standalone within the series, the plot kept rehashing an event that occurred in Germany, prior to Rosalind’s upheaval to America. This specific plot was written in a way that made it seem as if the reader should have previous knowledge of what occurred. This, as well as the Doctor Clean plot line, made for an unpleasantly confusing read.

*Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by the publisher, Bethany House Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.


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