Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Against The Tide by Elizabeth Camden

After a childhood rampant with uncertainty, Lydia Pallas has carved out a perfect life for herself. She spends her days within sight of the bustling Boston Harbor, where her skill with languages has landed her an enviable position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.
Lydia's talents bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man in need of a translator. Driven by a campaign to end the opium trade, Bane is coolly analytical and relentless in his quest. He cannot afford to fall for Lydia and must fight the bittersweet love growing between them.
When Bane's enemies gain the upper hand, he is forced to turn to Lydia for help. Determined to prove her worth, Lydia soon discovers that carrying out Bane's mission will test her wits and her courage to the very limits.
When forces conspire against them from without and within, can their love survive?
The sequel to the Lady of the Bolton Hill, Against the Tide is a wonderful story that explores the further life of Alexander Banebridge, one of the characters in the first novel. While it is a sequel, Against the Tide stands perfectly well on its own. The plot is exciting, moving, and addresses problems that have occurred in American history. The story is narrated primarily from the perspective of Lydia, but there are also times where it is told from Bane's point of view. The themes of this novel include the importance of trusting God, learning to love and trust others, the evil of the drug and slavery trade, especially the trade of opium.

The characters of Lady of The Bolton Hill are well developed and realistic. I really enjoyed reading about these characters and watching them grow, change, and develop through their mistakes. Lydia was a somewhat shy young woman who struggled with trust and stepping out of her comfort zone. She was comfortable with her routine, and she found herself turning to other means of relief when her routine was interrupted. Alexander Banebridge is a young man who is fighting a private war against his past history with the Professor and opium and the mistakes he made years before. He has no time for Lydia or love. However, as they learn more about each other, Lydia and Bane both discover new characteristics about each other. I enjoyed seeing Bane understand more about what it means to follow God and His leading. I was little disappointed in Lydia's understanding of following God. I felt it could have been more genuine and better explained so that the readers could really grasp her change of heart. Her change might have been real, but it was not explained very well.

Overall, however, I really enjoyed this novel as a whole. I thought the plot was excellent and the characters well realistic, interesting, and changed throughout the story.

I received this novel for free in exchange for an honest review from Bethany House Publishing. 

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