This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
The Lady of Bolton Hill
Bethany House (June 1, 2011)
by
Elizabeth Camden

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.

A word from Elizabeth: I am a college librarian in central Florida by day, but by night I can be found pounding out inspirational historical novels the moment the sun goes down. I love writing books about fiercely intelligent people who are confronted with profound challenges. As a rather introverted person, I have found that writing is the best way for me to share my faith and a sense of resilience with others.

As for who I am? I love old Hitchcock films, the hour before sunset, a long, sweaty run through the Florida countryside, and a glass of good wine. After spending my entire adult life on a college campus (either as a student or a librarian) I have finally been able to pursue my ultimate goal of writing professionally.

Learn more about Elizabeth and her books on her Website.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing London’s poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant and Clara finds him as enigmatic as ever. However, Daniel’s success is fueled by resentment from past wounds and Clara’s deeply-held beliefs about God’s grace force Daniel to confront his own motives. When Clara’s very life is endangered by one of Daniel’s adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.

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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Lady of Bolton Hill, go HERE.

MY REVIEW:

Before I finished the first chapter of The Lady of Bolton Hill, I suspected that I had yet another new author to add to my ever growing list of favorites. By the end of the book there was no question in my mind. Elizabeth Camden grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held it until the very end. Usually a fast reader, even I was surprised how quickly I finished the book.

The Lady of Bolton Hill is first and foremost a historical romance but it is so much more. Although the stage is set in the prologue that highlights the special friendship between Clara and Daniel much of the story focuses on conflicting values that threaten to drive them apart. A sinister plot designed to destroy Daniel adds even more drama and intrigue.

The Lady of Bolton Hill accentuates the pitfalls of revenge and the need of forgiveness and illustrates redemption beautifully.  With a well paced plot, strong and endearing characters, plenty of action, mystery, and romance, The Lady of Bolton Hill covers all my requirements for a good book. My only complaint is a loose end regarding the evil professor. Hopefully that will be wrapped up in a sequel (Please!). I would love to see future books featuring both Bane and Clara’s brother Clyde.

If you are a lover of historical fiction, this is one novel you need to pick up.