“Against the Tide” by Elizabeth Camden


I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Elizabeth Camden’s novels since their inception.  You could only image how excited I was to get the opportunity to review “Against the Tide”.  This is Camden’s third novel and it does not disappoint.

As an orphaned immigrant child stranded in Boston, Lydia Pallas’s life never had the consistent continuity and balance that any other nine year old child would naturally have.  Now, as an adult,  she seeks out order and control in everyday things from the arrangement of her ink bottles to the type of soup she dines on every evening.  (It would get a tad monotonous, don’t you think?)

Along comes charming Alexander Banefield, who has similar qualities to that of a wrecking ball when it comes to Lydia’s life.   He is in need of a master of many languages, that of which Lydia is a hired professional.   Lydia agrees to help him translate an array of documents, as mindless as they may be.  However, Lydia is thrown off kilter when she comes to realize that she starting to have feelings for this man that she calls “Bane”.  And call her crazy, but she’s beginning to think he’s just as smitten.

I love it when I’m able to find a novel that I can fully indulge in and “Against the Tide” is just that.  An irresistible read, I completed the novel over a span of two days.  I also loved that there were direct and indirect mentions of her two previous novels.  “The Rose of Winslow Street” gets a mention during a discussion about soap and perhaps the craziest twist is that Alexander Banefield was actually one of the villains in “The Lady of Bolton Hill”!  I didn’t realize this correlation until I saw the author’s note in the back of the book and I was SHOCKED!  Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t realize the connection until the end.  It made me appreciate even more the redemptive value of the Christian Fiction genre.

This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to give a positive review, only an honest one.

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.

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.


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