The Spice King

The Spice King

4 Stars -- An enjoyable story and promising start to the series

An enjoyable read comprised of excellent writing and great research. Not my favorite by this author but worth trying if you love historical fiction.

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An enjoyable read comprised of excellent writing and great research. I liked this glimpse into the Department of Agriculture and the beginnings of food regulation. The characters felt like grounded, real people, even though the hero and his sister were finding out new, disturbing things about their brother. I want to know more about the brother and his situation, which will keep me reading through the series, but this is not my favorite book by this author, and I’m not sure why. Still, it was a good story, and I’m glad I took the time for it.


Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building an acclaimed global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Resolved to salvage his family before they spiral out of control, he returns to his ancestral home for good after years of traveling the world.

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?

Series: Hope and Glory, Book 1
Genres: Christian Historical, Christian Romance, FICTION
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Year: 2019
Length: 348 pages
ISBN: 9780764232114

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