Friday, October 19, 2012

CFBA Blog Tour: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Against the Tide
Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
Elizabeth Camden


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.

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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.
This book was lovely inside and out. I enjoyed Against the Tide even more than I enjoyed Elizabeth's last book The Rose of Winslow Street. And that's saying a lot! I was swept up in Elizabeth's writing style. Again. So smooth, like buttery milk-chocolate melting on my tongue. And she outdid herself with the unique, well-fleshed-out characters of Lydia and Bane. I loved Lydia immediately-- Bane followed not too long afterward.

The plot was-- oh my! So unique. I loved learning about the opium trade. To think it was allowed legally in teething medicine for babies! Elizabeth opened my eyes to true events I never even knew existed-- and I love that. Learning something new, while being thoroughly entertained, because the plot was definitely more than entertaining. It was thrilling. Filled with romance and intrigue and danger. And witty humor. I'm chuckling just thinking about it:-)

Lydia's struggle endeared her to me. My heart broke every time she'd give in to her temptation-- to the point of tears. And the tremendous hardships she had to endure to rid herself of that temptation was painful to witness, as well. Bane's faithfulness to her through it all warmed my heart. As did his dedication to a just cause. But I was extremely glad when Bane was free to love Lydia-- without fear that he'd bring her harm.

A most definite 5 star book that deserves top place on your To-Be-Read pile. Sweet romance, lovely writing, suspenseful plot, and an endearing cause await you between its pages! It can be bought at Amazon.

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