Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Against the Tide Book Review
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden is a suspenseful historical fiction novel set in the late 1800s. I love the cover of this book and I have read The Rose of Winslow Street by Camden and was excited to read her new story!
Against the Tide has great unexpected characters and clever dialogue that creates humor throughout the chapters. The prologue to this book left me surprised and completely confused as the book progressed. The story starts in Boston as Lydia Pallas works for as a translator for the U.S. Navy and unexpectedly is forced to work with a man who is a complete mystery. Alexander Banebridge, who is a leading character, left me uncertain at first and I wasn't sure what his plan was within the story. I like a book that keeps me guessing, even if only the first few chapters. Of course these characters grow closer as they work together and feelings for each other start to appear. Trouble is, someone wants Alexander a dead man and he wouldn't the person he cared for get hurt. The plot revolves around the opium trade, how addicted the drug can be, and how it effected people without them even knowing it. This part of the story is eye opening, as one of the main characters is addicted without realizing it. I love the look into history with the opium trade and how relevant it is to life these days.
The book started out a little slow but there are many details to the story that this is necessary in order to understand what is going on. The romance between the couple seems to start a little too suddenly but after finishing the book it makes sense why it is written like this. I thought Lydia to be a tad dramatic at times but if I was in her situation I probably would be too. I love how Alexander has a passion for the Lord even with his rough exterior. This book is excellent and I definitely recommend this as a great read.
Head over to the author's website to read an excerpt.
"I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers for this review"