Thursday, December 6, 2012

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Against the Tide  This is an interesting book dealing with the opium trade in the late 1800's. I hardly knew anything about this subject and I found it fascinating to learn about the effects of addiction and that there were even medicines containing opium that were given to children and babies!

Lydia is a translator of many languages working for the U.S. Navy when she is hired by Alexander Banebridge to translate documents for him on the side. He is on a mission to end the opium trade and can't afford to let their blossoming love put her in danger from the man he's trying to stay one step ahead of.  But when she's the only one who can save someone from a life and death situation, he must ask for her help no matter the cost.

This works well as a stand-alone novel, but I realized after finishing it and seeing the ad in the back, that it's a sequel to "The Lady of Bolton Hill," which is actually about Banebridge when he was a criminal years ago. I found the topic of the opium trade interesting to learn about and the story was suspenseful.  I really liked Lydia; she was very tough and had some interesting characteristics. I wished the love story had been more drawn out and there were parts that were a bit repetitive. There also wasn't much to the Christian content. I liked that this was a different topic than you see in most historical novels, but I ended up being a bit disappointed overall.

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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