Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Publication Date: October 2012
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Purchased kindle copy from Amazon.com
This novel continues the story of Alexander Banebridge, whom we met in Ms. Camden’s first book, The Lady of Bolton Hill. Bane, bad guy turned respectable hero, meets Ms. Lydia Pallas, an obsessive compulsive young woman who has a successful career as a translator and analyst in the Boston Naval Yard in the late 1800’s.
Lydia strives to maintain the perfect world she has created for herself since coming of age after a rather rough start in life. She is a bright, educated woman very forward thinking for the time period. She presents herself as an interesting, multi-layered woman who interacts very engagingly with the charming mysterious Bane.
The story delves into the opium trade during this time period and the lengths that people went to in order to maintain the very lucrative business of shipping and distributing opium. The historical element is interesting and detailed throughout the story.
The plot engaged my interest and I really wanted to keep reading. The romance between Bane and Lydia is secondary to the main story, which carries messages of faith and forgiveness. It is not often that you find a hero that has been a drug dealer in another life and a heroine, who struggles with opium addiction. Very interesting concept!
I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction. The characters and plot work well to promote a unique story set in an interesting time period. Great job, Elizabeth Camden! Totally enjoyable book!