Meet a Congressman and a Librarian in
Beyond All Dreams
Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship. Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglements with members of Congress.
From the gilded halls of the Capitol where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?
Introducing Anna & Luke
Anna O’Brien is a map librarian who works at the Library of Congress in the 1890’s.
Let’s just say she’s a lot more fetching than depicted on the cover! I see her as Rachel McAdams from the Sherlock Holmes movies. See more of my pictorial thoughts on my Pinterest page.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Anna is quiet, detailed oriented, and has the amazing ability to memorize exhaustive volumes of information. This skill is what leads her to notice a tiny flaw in an old government report which leads her to the mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea. Her obsession with detail and order is also what leads her into plenty of trouble.
Luke is a charismatic, outgoing congressman from Maine. He is the golden boy, with an easy smile, laughing blue eyes, and the ability to charm birds from the trees. Think Simon Baker or maybe Robert Redford.
Strengths & Weaknesses
Luke is a gregarious congressman who is reckless, charming, and passionate. He loves the perks of being a congressman, and has no qualms dumping as much work as possible on Anna’s desk. He would be annoying if he wasn’t so good-natured! Of course, charm will only get you so far, and his good-nature is going to be severely tested by the end of the novel.
Background to the story
After Anna starts investigating the mystery of a ship that disappeared at sea, she senses the government is tracking her, and turns to Luke for help. Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in a story much larger than either imagined, and begin falling in love during the process. As for their chemistry once they get together? It’s a bit of a Cinderella story. The idea of a popular congressman who falls hard for a studious librarian has great romantic appeal. Although Luke and Anna appear to be total opposites on the outside, they have complementary strengths that work to make each of them stronger as they unite in a common goal of discovering the truth behind the missing ship.
Inspiration for the story
I am a librarian in real life, so casting a librarian as a romantic lead has always been a temptation for me. And since I had free reign to set the story wherever I wanted, I simply HAD to go for the Library of Congress, as it is quite possibly the most beautiful, awe-inspiring library in the world.
Washington D.C. is a terrific place to set a historical romance novel, simply because there were so many women who worked for the government in the late 19th century. I prefer to have my heroines working in professional positions, so Washington is a rich setting for me. Of course, there were plenty of restrictions against female workers dating fellow-government employees, so that adds another wonderful layer of tension for my characters.
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Character spotlight on Zack (Into the Whirlwind)
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