Saturday, January 5, 2013

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden




 Elizabeth Camden is another new to me author.  I was recently privileged to read her newest release, Against the Tide. This book was very intriguing combing mystery, murder, kidnapping and a daring rescue.  Lydia Pallas has not had an easy life.  She has been on her own since she was 9 years old.  After surviving the orphanage, she landed a great job with the Navy Yard because of her grasp of other languages.  She is an orderly girl who doesn't appreciate it when things are not kept in their place.  It is here at the Navy Yard that Lydia meets a dashing, young man named Alexander Banebridge, a.k.a Bane.  He loves messing with Lydia's order and getting under her skin.  Bane is on a mission to help destroy the stronghold of opium that has gained access into American homes. When Lydia volunteers to help his cause, she gets more than she bargained for.  

I did enjoy reading this novel.   It opened up a subject that I had no idea about in our nation's history--opium.  I had no idea that they sold that stuff in medicine and used it to soothe teething infants or calm children.  Elizabeth Camden put a page in the back of the book called historical note to fill in the historical details on the opium issue along with information about the Navy Yard.  The book was well written and had good momentum throughout the whole story.  You can actually read more about Bane in her earlier novel, The Lady of Bolton Hill.

You can read more about this author on her web page here.  She has written 2 other books--The Lady of Bolton Hill and The Rose of Winslow Street with a new release--Into the Whirlwind coming in August this year.

**I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.


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