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When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain's worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts--and lives--hang in the balance?


"Camden's evangelical Christian historical romance skillfully captures a fascinating period of railroad and other technological innovations, opium smugglers, and muckraking journalists in a dramatic tale of vengeance, ambition, and faith set against a backdrop of both privileged high society and working-class riots." --Booklist

"This very satisfying debut novel, about the power of faith and forgiveness, will surely launch Camden well into the midst of the field of inspirational authors." --Historical Novels Review

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of four books, including the Christy Award winner, Against the Tide (2012), and a RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award  finalist. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprinted edition (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764208942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764208942
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #697,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 Stars. Period.

Debut author Elizabeth Camden BLEW ME AWAY with this fantastic new historical novel set in the gilded age of America. I was blown away at how Camden seemed to merge Regency with American 1879 history and bring them together in a complimentary fashion that was reminiscent of Julie Klassen meets Deeanne Gist. The setting was fantastic - delving into American railroading history was fascinating and I could tell that Elizabeth Camden wanted to be historically accurate while providing a captivating story.

The author did several things I found intriguing - and while I'm not big on a bullet points, I'm thinking it might be the best way to go here:

The hero and heroine were in love at page 1. I wouldn't expect this to work in most novels. But she pulls it off with dramatic tension, insurmountable odds, and family strife that makes you long for Daniel and Clara to come together and finally be FREE to express the emotion and devotion they both feel so strongly.

It pulls the heart strings of anyone who had a high-school sweetheart. Don't most of us have that one person you look back on with nostalgic fondness. The one person who first captured your heart - if only for a brief moment - and left no bad memories in their wake? I loved this sweetness that surrounded Daniel and Clara.

Mystery surrounds one of the characters. In an odd twist, Camden introduces a character who almost seems like their living in another book but the chapters in which they're highlighted are so engaging you don't care that they appeared out of no where. You TRUST the author implicitly becuase you want to see how this random, mysterious, somewhat sinister but victimized character will finally cross paths with Daniel and Clara.

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Clara Endicott lives a charmed life in Bolton Hill as the daughter of a doting, prestigious minister. Daniel Tremain, on the other hand, lives in poverty, working in the same steel mill as his father. Despite their differences, the two become the best of friends. Then, tragedy strikes. Daniel's father dies in an accident, and Clara's father ships her to England. Overseas, Clara becomes a respected journalist and a champion of the working class. Meanwhile, Daniel has patented new railroad technology that makes him a very wealthy man. When Clara is forced to leave England, she is reunited with her childhood friend. The early romantic feelings they felt for each other are stronger than ever, but there are many problems the two face. Daniel is a bitter man, blaming a rival businessman for his father's death, and he does not share Clara's faith. Suddenly, Daniel's troubles find Clara and put her very life in danger. There are enough twists and turns to keep you reading until the very end, which is a very satisfying conclusion, indeed.

This book kept me entertained from the very beginning. Clara is not a shrinking violet, and she's not a perfect character, either. She does something in the book that I just couldn't believe, and I completely understood Daniel's anger with her. Daniel is irresistably charming at times--a complete flirt--and shockingly harsh and almost cruel at others. They were unpredictable and very realistic.

This is, first and foremost, a romantic story. Daniel is a great love interest and balance for Clara. He is a revered and even feared man, but with Clara he is very gentle and practically worships her. I found myself rooting for his redemption all along. The action scenes are susepenseful and well-paced.
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I have read many great books, but it isn't very often that I come across a truly surprising book. First-time novelist Elizabeth Camden has succeeded in presenting just such a novel with The Lady of Bolton Hill.

Daniel Tremain is a brilliant young man trapped in the poverty-stricken world of a Baltimore steel mill life. Clara Endicott is the daughter of a wealthy and extremely influential minister. Their two worlds collide when Daniel's passion for music leads him to Clara's doorstep. A deep, fast friendship develops over the next few years as they pursue music together, their friendship becoming the sanctuary from the demands of their separate lives. But Clara's father has great plans for his daughter, and he is determined that nothing stand in the way of her success, including young Daniel Tremain. Twelve years later a very different Daniel and Clara are reunited, finding their friendship as strong as ever. But, bitterness threatens to ruin their relationship in a way separation never could.

That is where the similarity to a typical Christian fiction romance ends. The Lady of Bolton Hill is full of intrigue and unexpected turns. Just when it begins to seem to fall into a predictable pattern, a new twist is introduced. Yet through it all, a very foundational and natural faith is present. Admittedly, at times Clara's faith seems rather idealistic, but before the book's end, both her idealism and faith are challenged in a very powerful way.

Because of the complexity of the plot as compared to the length of the book, there were some intricacies and personalities that were not explored as fully as they could have been. Occasionally that led to some confusion as to how different components fit together.
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