A Review: Against The Tide by Elizabeth Camden
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.
This is the first book I’ve read by Elizabeth Camden. I chose this one to read because it was the 2013 RITA Winner for Inspirational Romance.
I don’t normally pick up Inspirational Romance stories. I tend to lean more towards hot and steamy or paranormal romance. That being said, I enjoyed Against The Tide. It was an intriguing story that had me guessing how it was going to end .
Elizabeth Camden seems to have a talent for describing the scene in just the right way to where you can envision yourself in the middle of it (not an easy task to do). The way she wrote the character Lydia, making her so relatable even though she is a truly unique woman with an uncommon history/story is nothing short of amazing. It is what every author strives to do but often falls short of accomplishing.
With a lot of genre romance these days the authors seem to follow a common plot line with very little twists and turns. If there are twist and turns they are usually predictable and somewhat boring.
With Against The Tide I was drawn into the story and never once was I sure of what the outcome would be. I was intrigued to read about the life of a translator set in the Boston Harbor. The historical fact of Mrs. Winslows syrup weaved into the story was an added bonus. I had heard about opium being used as medicine in the nineteenth century before but to hear that it was used on children and how Lydia depended on it without understanding what it was, was vary fascinating. The empathy and heartbreak that is throughout the story is strong and very well written. There were parts of the story that caught my breath, not in surprise but because I could feel the pain, the injustice that Elizabeth had written.
The dynamic between Lydia, Admiral Fontaine and Bane was a lot of fun. However, I feel like Lydia chose the wrong guy.
Even though I enjoyed the book, I gave it only 3 stars because (1) I didn’t like the POV (Point of View). It was hard for me to push through and read past the second chapter (but I’m glad that I did), (2) Bane was annoying to me. He had his charms but he was an overall annoying character and (3) It’s a book I do not see myself ever reading again.
Would I recommend Against The Tide to someone else?
Yes. It’s not my favorite book but it was an enjoyable story about a woman who didn’t let life and circumstances weigh her down. When it comes down to it, we all need to read more stories like that.