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The Spice King

Narrated by: Pilar Witherspoon
Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
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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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  • Kate
  • 04-10-2019

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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  • Mhepler
  • 08-09-2019

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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  • Peggy Freeman
  • 21-06-2020

Great Book But

Spice king is an excellent, well written plot, but it doesn’t tie up every loose string. It does set the stage for Camden’s next book, Gilded Lady. Therefore I recommend buying them at the same time and reading it first. The first part is a bit slow but the mystery in this Camden book is excellent. It is PG 13 and the history is perfect. I did have a tough time understanding Annabelle’s actions. Witherspoon did not have believable male voices.

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  • Julie R. VanderMate
  • 22-05-2020

Absolutely love the intricate detail

I love reading stories that teach me things like this one does so effortlessly. So very interesting to get a glimpse into not only the time frame but the world of food and additives coming into play. I’m a huge foodie but had no idea this book would tap into that love. So fun! I’m sad to leave my people now - Would so love a “part 2”!!

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  • Carmen
  • 26-04-2020

Enjoyable and entertaining

A little slow to start, but great character development. Good history and interesting storyline. A good read.

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  • Naomi Eason
  • 22-10-2020

The Spice King

My first time with this author, but it did not disappoint. I’m looking forward to listening or reading more by this author. I loved the historic stuff in the book as well.

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  • Farm girl
  • 11-10-2020

Not a fan of the readers style

Loved the story. I love How Elizabeth Camden is a master at the historical aspects of her stories but I'm not a fan of this readers style for this story.

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  • Marla
  • 12-09-2020

Learned about history as I enjoyed an excellent book

I thoroughly enjoyed the story line, in-depth characters, history and narration of this excellent novel. I look forward to the release of each Elizabeth Camden book and this one certainly did not disappoint. She is an excellent author who does her research into the timeline she writes on in history. I felt as if I had a peek into Washington DC in that era, the life of someone running a company gathering spices from all over the world, and the political climate of the time. To top it off there were great characters, family dynamics and a love interest. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Karen Inwood
  • 11-09-2020

Good story with historical context

This story gripped me as I listened, though I did not enjoy the reader's cadences. Her way of reading rubbed me wrong at times with oddly accented sentences. The characters, however, were compelling and the whole context of the fight for food purity was so interesting. All the historical situations the characters were in, from creating drought resistant seed to the Library of Congress having a Braille reading room, were curious avenues to read about. Romance, intrigue, fashion...good read!

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  • paula wright
  • 15-08-2020

I throughly enjoyed this lite romantic novel and really learned a lot about herbs and spices

I have long been familiar with Good Housing seal of approval and now know the genesis of it. Historical fiction is my very favorite genre and this didn’t disappoint. I loved the fact mrs Camden didn’t need profanity sex or violence to make her book so great. She just had a good story that kept my interest. No fluff or fillers needed here. Now looking for other audible books by her