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Against the Tide

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RITA Award Winner, Best Inspirational Romance, 2013    

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.

©2012 Elizabeth Camden (P)2012 Recorded Books

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  • Esther Cunningham
  • 17/08/2015

A story well worth your time...

This is just my second Elizabeth Camden book. My first was "The Rose at Winslow Street", which I loved. I hesitated in buying "Against the Tide" because of one or two reviews, but I'm really glad I did. I love Elizabeth's writing because she takes such care in creating memorable, distinctive characters. In "Against the Tide" she tells an engrossing story woven out of family ties, pride in work, intrigue and courage. The dry humor between the characters is witty and engaging. And the suspense and despair are very real. Some reviewers have been put off by the religious overtones, but Camden keeps everything within the context of the story, so the characters' belief feels natural for them and not at all preachy. Above all, I love the intelligence and courage of the heroine, Lydia. From the first moment we meet her, and throughout the story, she embraces life and deserves every moment of love and security she gains by the end.

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  • AmazonShopper_Kate
  • 28/04/2016

Great Read

A great read. Not at all preachy at all. The characters are likeable enough. The story moves pretty quickly. The narrator is very good, even though she sounds very old for performing the voice of a 24yr old woman. But all in all she did a great job.
I will definitely listen to more of this author's work.

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  • Debbie
  • 01/10/2015

Boston Late 1800s, Brave Young Woman & Opium

Orphaned at age nine, Lydia was at school, when her parents' ship was lost at sea, and they and her little brother were swept away, never to be seen again . . . taken to a local orphanage, she excelled at learning, and never forgot her Greek and Turkish heritage . . . growing up to become a translator at the navy shipyard, an unusual accomplishment for a woman. With a past of uncertainty, Lydia loves order in her life, right down to her very organized desk, and when she is in danger of losing her apartment that she has felt safe and secure in for several years, she's in a panic. Until she meets Bane . . . who offers her some extra work, translating documents for him . . . working hard to earn enough to buy her apartment, she finds that Bane is elusive and mysterious . . . yet she grows more and more interested in the strange, handsome man . . . Against the Tide is an excellent story, with many layers.I learned a lot about the late 1800s and early 1900s in respect to medications and opium use. I had to research Mrs. Winslow's soothing syrup after I listened to the book, and I was horrified to learn that it was indeed used routinely in the US and UK. I highly recommend Against the Tide . . . you won't be disappointed.

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  • Valerie
  • 05/01/2019

Good story, but told way too slowly....

This story is a mystery and romance combination with a bit of religious belief thrown in. Barbara Rosenblat is always an excellent narrator, but the story is way too wordy and the reader can get bored waiting for the next course of action. Worth the credit, but you'll need to be patient throughout the book.

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  • Kathleen
  • 26/01/2019

Not Camden’s best

Interesting storyline but too much repetition. I was interested in seeing how the character Bane developed after reading The Lady of Bolton Hill in which ended with an enigmatic Bane going on the run. The angst was overdone when he repeatedly said he couldn’t take Lydia with him because his life was too full of danger. This was especially irritating when he left her in harm’s way.

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  • Syd Young
  • 20/05/2014

Very Interesting Historical Fiction on Addiciton

I kept seeing this book pop up for me so I finally went for it. At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, but then the layers kept building. The book turned out to be satisfying, with good characters who had believable dillemas, plus a fun thriller aspect. It was also a subtle inspirational book, which was a pleasant surprise.

Lydia's traumatic childhood leaves her with lasting needs, yet she is surprisingly resilient. She overcomes great odds to make a life for herself, a life with seemingly great order. Then she meets a man at work who likes to subtly throw chaos into her order, and off we go. This book explores the themes of drug abuse and addiction, redemption, love, and recovery. The historical setting makes the addiction and recovery theme safe, so that we can really experience that reality without our modern day prejudices. It also explores the human need for connecting with God and our tendency to try to do it all on our own, killing ourselves in the process. Thumbs up!


NOTE: I think there are some historical inaccuracies, but being from the south I wasn't positively sure so I was able to look past them. In the end the drug addiction theme was very well explored, and not commonly found, so I think the book is a worthy offer. Also the historical aspect is pretty minor so not terribly distracting unless maybe you live in the area.

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  • fsutampagirl88
  • 05/03/2018

Great a read

loved this book! I'm not one for inspirational reading and didn't know this was a inspirational book but feel in love with Lydia and her courage!

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  • lmpakborn
  • 23/02/2015

enjoyed the book

I thought the narrator did a terrific job in presenting each persona. The storyline was good and I enjoyed the historical and nautical aspects included.

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  • Rebecca Loa
  • 03/07/2020

Good story

Interesting story read by a good narrator. If this was supposed to be written by a Christian author I think they need to actually read the Bible. Toward the end they refer to a scripture in “The Song of Songs”. There is no such book in the Bible. There is a “Song of Solomon“ though. I’m pretty sure this book was written by someone posing as a Christian author.
I am just glad that the book was clean.

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  • Cecile Pretorius
  • 24/10/2019

inspirational and gripping

Worth a credit. Fantastic author. I was on the edge of my seat till the very end. Liked the history woven in. Fantastic narrator.