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Saturday, June 6, 2015

June 6, 2015

Good Morning!
I hope everyone is having a blessed weekend!

ELIZABETH CAMDEN'S "AGAINST THE TIDE"

SUMMARY:

Boston of 1891 is a city of hope and ambition, where mariners, merchants, and dreamers thrive in the cobblestone streets of America’s most historic city. Within the harbor of Boston’s naval shipyard, Lydia Pallas has become a trusted assistant to an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Fluent in seven languages, she spends her days translating documents from all over the world.
Lydia’s remarkable language skills bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man on a quest to rid the world of the scourge of opium. Only Lydia has the rare combination of language skills and courage he needs to advance his cause. A man as coolly analytical as he is relentless, Bane never bargained on falling in love with Lydia. As he battles the bittersweet love that grows between them, Bane’s mission will take Lydia away from everything—and everyone—she ever held dear.
With fast-paced intrigue and unforgettable characters, Against the Tide is Elizabeth Camden’s most romantic novel yet.

Karen's review for "AGAINST THE TIDE" BY ELIZABETH CAMDEN

Hang on to your seat because this book will keep you on the edge. The just one more chapter turns into two more, then three and you find yourself finishing this book. So be prepared that every spare minute you will find this book in your hands. My heart went out to the young girl Lydia when life as she knows it is suddenly changed by tragedy. I cheered for her as she fought to provide for herself as an adult. I was hesitant about Bane at first but came to love them both even though there were times I wanted to shake him. I strongly disliked the professor (you won't either) and was so glad to see justice was done for his selfish and evil ways. But I learned a lot about the opium problem in this era, the products that didn't list it as an ingredient and how that put so many children in its addictive claws. I wanted to jump into the last chapters as Lydia faced the opium addiction. An addiction she had no knowledge was happening that was from being dosed with Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup as a child. With the realization from Bane's knowledge of the drug she struggled to admit that she was indeed addicted to the powerful drug. I hung closely by as she went through the horrible withdrawal weeks. I was also encouraged how when she kept seeking God, reading the bible where others encouraged her to read and when she decides to just open God's word up, it fell into the right verse at the right time and she realized that God was speaking directly to her. Because He's really good at that, He knows exactly what we need, when we need and I take great comfort in that! I hope you do too!

Blessings,
Karen

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