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The Lady of Bolton Hill Paperback – June 1, 2011
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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
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book flowed flawlessly along. It did not feel like I was reading through a couple hundred pages. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mommyof3
Growing up in Baltimore, I loved hearing of the history of the city. Well written and I would highly recommend.Published 23 days ago by Deborah
Good, first book by Camden. It should be read prior to Against the Tide, even though they are portrayed as separate books. Read morePublished 25 days ago by drpepper430
Great writing and loved the characters. I'm going to be reading all her books! She really makes the supporting characters stand out too. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mrs.z
Daniel and Clara are childhood friends with a shared love of music. While they come from different worlds, their shared love of music draws them closer and they become best... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Stacey
Loved it. I love stories of long-time friends.
Loved Clara. She's a kind woman who isn't afraid to get to the tough grit. Read more