Monday, November 12, 2012

Book review: Against the Tide

I love most types of books, but there's a special place in my heart for historical fiction. So I'm always happy to discover a new writer that I haven't read before, particularly when the writer in question is a very, very talented one.  This past week I was happy to discover the author Elizabeth Camden and her new novel, Against the Tide. Here's a bit about this book, from the publisher's website:

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.

I really, really enjoyed this book. It was fascinating learning more about the United States Navy in the post-Civil War era through the eyes of Lydia, a special woman who worked for the Navy.  Lydia is a nicely written character- a strong woman who has managed to make it through some terrible circumstances and come out on the other side.  I also liked the other main character, Alexander Banebridge, a man who once worked to promote the opium trade (as detailed in an earlier novel, The Lady of Bolton Hill) and now has devoted his life to stamping it out.  I wasn't aware of how widespread the use of opium was in the United States in the mid-1800s, and found that true part of the story very interesting as well. This book has a great love story, lots of adventure and dangerous missions and a strong story of the redeeming power of faith in God. I can't wait to read more books by this author!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone