Monday, November 19, 2012

Against the Tide - Fiction, Historical

Against the Tide
By Elizabeth Camden

Orphaned at a young age, Lydia Pallas has learned to always depend on herself for whatever she needs.  She has finally landed a job at the Navy ship yard as a translator who helps interpret shipbuilding intelligence.  Lydia is proud to be good at what she does, and is desperate to keep her job with its decent and steady income – her first real chance at constancy.  Alexander Banebridge has devoted his life to ending the opium trade and free use of the drug in early American medicines.  His need for a translator brings Lydia to his attention, and her need for extra income makes his offer irresistible.  But working for Banebridge will cost Lydia much more than she ever anticipated.  And is there love on the horizon for either of these determined characters?

I really enjoyed reading this book about fighting the opium trade in the late 1800s.  I had no idea the use of opium was so widespread and generally accepted as medicine even for babies!  The characters are well developed and the story was so compelling I had a hard time putting the book down.  The further I read, the more I wanted to read.  I appreciated Lydia’s struggle to realize there was a God who cared about her.  I liked the way the author portrayed a complete life-change for Alexander Banebridge when he gave his life to Christ.  I’m glad Ms. Camden portrayed two types of salvation experiences in her great story.  I’ll be looking for more books by this author!  Overall, I give this book an A – a great read!

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

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