Book Review: Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden

True to her usual style, Camden packs her novel with plenty of historical tidbits to make her story come alive.

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Elizabeth Camden concludes her Blackstone Legacy series with Hearts of Steel.


Book Blurb

Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden book cover

Maggie Molinaro survived a hardscrabble childhood in the downtrodden streets of Manhattan to become a successful businesswoman. After a decade of sacrifice, she now owns a celebrated ice cream company, but when she offends a corrupt banker, she unwittingly sets off a series of calamities that threaten to destroy her life’s work.

Liam Blackstone is a charismatic steel magnate committed to overhauling factory conditions for the steelworkers of America. Standing in his way is the same villain determined to ruin Maggie. What begins as a practical alliance to defeat a common enemy soon evolves into a romance between two wounded people determined to beat the odds.

A spiraling circle of treachery grows increasingly dangerous as Liam and Maggie risk their lives and fortune for the good of the city. It will require all their wit and ingenuity to navigate the dangerous waters ahead, but their crusade could cost them everything.


My Thoughts

Liam Blackstone just might be my favorite Camden hero. Trying to live up to the legacy of a father he never got to meet, Liam melted my heart with his determination and generosity. Camden does a great job of making Liam realistic, with plenty of flaws (such as his temper and impulsivity) but even more redeeming qualities.

Pairing this man with Maggie, a penny pincher whose biggest fear is returning to the poverty she crawled out of, provided plenty of romantic tension. But Maggie’s steadfast heart and determination matched Liam’s to create one of the most romantic pairings I’ve read in a while.

True to her usual style, Camden also packs her novel with plenty of historical tidbits to make her story come alive. You can tell she does her research to ensure her books are as historically accurate as possible.

While I don’t always agree with Camden’s theology, I’ve always loved the way she depicts the characters’ spiritual growth as they grapple with their faith and learn to lean on an everlasting God. It’s a great reminder that faith is timeless, and humans have struggled since the dawn of time.

Overall, Hearts of Steel is a compelling and romantic tale of two determined hearts coming together. Historical romance fans will love this rich and descriptive tale.


This is an updated edition of a post originally published on Jennifer Purcell

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About the Author

Jennifer Purcell is a Georgia native who loves to write about her faith and family. When she's not planted in front of her laptop or got her nose stuck in a book, she teaches children at an after school Bible club and at her church's Wednesday night youth program. You can check out her blog at

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