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Against the Tide
Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from Elizabeth:
I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.
I married relatively late in life, which turned out to be an odd kind of blessing. I had gotten very good at leading a solo life, and although I was not particularly content being alone, I had become reconciled to it. Most importantly, it taught me never to take my husband for granted. I give daily thanks for the blessing of being able to share a life with my favorite person on the planet.
As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Love and Lives are Threatened in Camden's Latest Offering
As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself--a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.
However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.
Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Against the Tide, go HERE.
MY THOUGHTS-Elizabeth Camden is an author I have enjoyed getting to know through her books. A little part of the author comes through every novel they write as we all know. And Elizabeth Camden's books are wonderful novels that draw you in with every page you turn. The hero in this book, Bane, is a man that I liked but wanted to slap a couple times. When he walks out on Lydia I really felt her pain. Loving him and not being able to make him change his mind. In Bane's defense, I did understand his point of view from here. His was a life of being on the go constantly, worrying about his past and the mission he was working on and he didn't want Lydia to get hurt.
Lydia was definitely my favorite character. She is strong and yet vulnerable. Bane is one of those that you dislike to a certain degree but you have to like him in the end. I enjoyed how the author brought the scenery and that time period so vividly to life. And I loved the ending! Excellent novel Mrs. Camden! Can't wait for the next one!!
According to FTC Regulations, I received a copy of this book for my review purposes. I did not receive any monetary compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.