November 15, 2012

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Title: Against the Tide
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Given to me to by publisher
Published: Bethany House, October 1, 2012
Type: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780764210235
Synopsis of Book: 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?
Why I read this book: This book was given to me for a fair and honest review by the publisher
What I liked: I liked the descriptions used in this book. They helped me to feel as if I was right there and could see what the characters saw. I also enjoyed Elizabeth's writing style.
What I didn't like: I can't really think of anything I did not like about this book other than that was a big issue with opium at that time period.  
Overall Impression: I loved Lydia from page one in this book. I like how Elizabeth gave life to a female character that was well educated, knew many languages and worked with the Navy at a time when women were usually considered to be not smart and only good for cooking, cleaning and raising kids. I also really liked how there is such detail about the opium trade and all that went along with it. I also liked how there was a little mention of Elizabeth's two previous books in this book. Another thing I found enjoyable was how Lydia and Bane played off of each other and how Lydia found herself falling for him as she was helping him to translate documents. This book grabbed me from page one. I can't wait for the next book by Elizabeth. I give it 5 stars.  

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