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Against the Tide

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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  2,808 ratings  ·  482 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nymeria
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Decided to drop this one.

I liked the first half: Heroine is a translator for a US Navy office based in 19th century Boston? Awesome!

But then everything went downhill fast.

This book was not for me:

1*The heroine had a really tough life. She was really scared she'd end up dirt poor again and guess what? She does. Because of the hero. The hero who used her and then abandonned her to pursue his anti-opium crusade. The hero she can't help but being in love with. He's all "I'm so sorry you suffered b
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Rissi
Jul 05, 2013 Rissi rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Historical Aficionados, Fans of the Author
Shelves: favorites, review
Writing historical fiction demands the writer have a talented pen – and a lot of patience. Any historical author worth their salt will take hours in preparation to research their subject or setting or the era, and as a girl who appreciates an anticipatory historical novel, I respect this. Elizabeth Camden is probably one of my favorite authors – this is her third novel and out of those, two have been relegated to a spot on that ever-growing keeper shelf. Many fans may remember Against the Tide’s ...more
Amber Stokes
Deep, dark, and captivating. I started this book one evening and finished it a while later in the early morning hours - not because it is a quick read, but because it completely swept me away with its descriptions and its flawed, amazing characters. Camden has a wonderful talent, and her writing continues to get more and more remarkable with each new book!

Against the Tide begins with Lydia, giving a sketch of her fascinating but tragic background and then diving into her life as a confident and
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Alice
It took me a few days to get back to this review because I couldn't think of much to say that I hadn't already said in my review for The Lady of Bolton Hill. Against the Tide had all of the incredible elements that the other did! Elizabeth Camden really has a way with words and historical detail that are completely captivating.
This was the first novel I've ever read where one of the main characters has a drug addiction and must realize it and overcome- the unique and real life twist made it all
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Anne
May Contain Spoilers!!!

Bane! Bane! Bane! That was my refrain after reading The Lady of Bolton Hill. I wanted Bane's story. I'm sure he was meant to be only a secondary character but for me, he stole the show in that book.

Once a renowned and highly feared drug dealer, Bane was raised by a terrible man who takes young children as hostages in order to control their parents. No one knows that the Professor is an opiate dealer and that he taught Bane everything about the business, grooming him to ta
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Heidi Hart
I've never read inspirational romance, but I'm trying to expand my horizons and get out of the English Regency rut, and I was intrigued by the prospect of a book set in Victorian Boston. The heroine is a Greek orphan who works as a translator for the Navy, on the cover she is looking out at a ship in the harbor, and the book is called Against the Tide: I thought there would be sailboats, and I am a sucker for Tall Ships. Unfortunately, this book is not about boats: it's about opium and faith.

Lyd
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Sarah
Age Appropriate For: Ages 15+ for drug use and intense moments.

I have to admit, I requested this book simply because of the breathtaking cover. I was pleased to find that the story inside was as wonderful as the cover. The story gripped me from the beginning and kept me turning the pages until the end.

After reading a disappointing book with typical romance, this was just what I needed to read. The romance was not typical. Instead of denying their feelings for each other, they admit it. That alon
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Nicole
This book was unlike any other book I've read in 2 ways.

1st: The first half of the book was more dedicated to the characters' relationship than the second half. While it was building groundwork for the plot, it was more everyday matters they were going through. The second half of the book simply exploded with plot and intrigue!

2nd: I've never read a book where the "lovely, perfect heroine" goes through a struggle like the type Lydia Pallas did! I can't say what it was or I would spoil some of th
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Ruth
This was a fascinating look at a very dark period in American history, which I don't think I've ever seen or heard about in popular media, except in a passing, romanticized way in Sherlock Holmes stories. This book takes the insidious evil that was widespread opium addiction and weaves it into a wonderful story of American hope and new beginnings.

I'm not a fan of Christian fiction or romances, but I'm an open-minded sort of person, and apart from a few pages towards the end which I felt might ha
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Jaime Wright
I have had the privilege of reading all three of Elizabeth's books at her request and I will say this: "Against The Tide" is definitely her best yet!

So, Elizabeth is indeed a historian. Really, this book is thick with historical detail about the Nineteeth Century opium trade. This is one of the things I love about Camden's novels ... the history. BUT! For those of you who hate history like I despise mathematics, do not be faint of heart! This is not a history book. It is a novel. And, I believe
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Rachelle Rea
This book was enthralling. Wish I could give it ten stars. :)
Gwendolyn Gage
A survivor of tragedy and a childhood spent in an orphanage, Lydia has worked hard to establish a comfortable and secure life for herself, and she’s proud of her job as a translator for the Boston Navy Yard. Along comes a blond-headed archangel who’s acquainted with her boss and calls himself "Bane", and even if he is a shameless flirt bent on destroying the order of her desk, he’s willing to pay an extravagant amount for translations of various foreign documents, and she needs the money for her ...more
Faye
A epic love story, with characters who will capture your heart!


Bane is back, and better than ever! I don't think it's a secret that I absolutely loved Bane when I first met him in The Lady of Bolton Hill, so I could barely contain my excitement when I found that Bane would have his own book! And Against the Tide more than lived up to my frighteningly high expectations.


Lydia was the perfect heroine, and the perfect complement to Bane's larger-than-life, "glorious rascal" persona. The characters
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Sara Bennett
I had read Elizabeth Camden's previous two books, The Lady of Bolton Hill and The Rose of Winslow Street, and I liked them both. This book came out a while back and it took my library a good bit to finally get a copy. I was excited to read it and see how it turned out and compared to the previous two books.

Lydia Pallas is an orphan whose family died tragically at sea. She grew up in and orphanage and has fought off the battle waged against her by poverty. She now works at this Navy place transla
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Nancy
This historical fiction novel takes place in a time period I know very little about which is the end of the nineteenth century when countries shared their ship blueprints openly. The real conflict is the beginnings of the opium trade and the ugliness therein. It would be a few years after this time period that the innocuous Mrs. Winslow's syrup for babies would be attributed to the national addiction to opium. At this point in time, however, it was kept mostly to the pharmaceutical companies and ...more
Glenda L
I'm not sure where I found this book, but I am so glad I did ... I really liked it. It is an historical fiction romance and a very good one. First thing I noticed is that the cover is beautiful. The novel starts our in Boston in 1876 and is about a girl who is way before her time ... she is a linguist, educated and working at the Naval Shipyard. She unknowingly is addicted to opium, meets a handsome young man who is fighting the opium trade and it goes on from there. I would recommend this book. ...more
Jenni
The middle was a bit muddled in my mind, but then the ending wrapped up in a very satisfying way. It's hard to believe that medicine laced with opium was doled out to children. The hero and heroine made a great team, and they were emboldened by a common goal. Elizabeth really made this time in history shine.
Abbi
This author just keeps getting better and better!
Suzanne Lilly
Aug 05, 2014 Suzanne Lilly rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction
I am a shallow person.

I choose books by their cover.

There. I’ve put it out there for the world to know. If a cover doesn’t attract me, I don’t even bother to read the blurb.

The cover of Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden immediately caught my attention. When I read the blurb, I downloaded the book and started reading it right away. I finished the same day. Other reviews have mentioned the author’s stunning way with words and I completely agree.

Against the Tide is a well-researched, captivating
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Donna Porter
Well, I finally got my wish – a book I couldn’t put down. I stayed up till almost midnight reading Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden. To be blunt, I picked the book because of the cover. I know. I plunged into the shallowness of cover intrigue for a brief moment in time. The cover did not disappoint.
In Against the Tide, Camden has woven a story of two lost souls who, though they love each other, seem unable to find a way to be together. Let me say up front, that while this is written as a “s
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Lydia (Overweight Bookshelf)
Full review here: http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/20...

Elizabeth Camden has tapped in to a new level of writing maturity and prowess with her third novel Against the Tide (Bethany House). While her previous works have been compelling in plot and character, this book takes readers to depths unanticipated, leaving a lasting impression on both the psyche and the heart.

The characters bared the very essence of their souls as they encountered and overcame perilous situations that drew them closer t
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Chelsey
There is so much that I could say in my reaction to this piece of literature because that is what it is: wonderfully rich literature. I was very impressed with this author for a number of reasons. I had never read any of her work before, but alas; I am hooked now. Elizabeth Camden drew me into Lydia’s world and invited me to be a part of it. I was not particularly interested in Lydia’s career as she works with men and numbers, and I cannot stand either for too long (joking!) However, I was fasci ...more
Kelli
I thought the writing in the prologue was phenomenal! But once into the story, it gets super repetitive. Everything that goes through the main characters head, gets repeated and re-repeated. The story doesn't need fill-in thoughts, and for some reason the author writes them in.
Also the time period is completely forgotten. The scenes are written like an 80's crime drama. People didn't talk like these characters do in the 1800's. And I really didn't love the fact that Bane a follower of Jesus and
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Loraine
Lydia grew up as an orphan amid lots of uncertainty. She finally has a stable job, settled life, and is quite happy. But Alexander Banebridge turns her life upside down when he asks her to do some translating because of her knowledge of several foreign languages. She soon finds herself wrapped up in Bane's world of intrigue, mystery, and danger but also an introduction to a Christian faith that may fill the hole that is part of her life.

Camden's characters were interesting and well developed. I
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Shantelle
Against the Tide is another riveting novel by Elizabeth Camden. Not the usual, expected story, but a crazy, tense, and wonderful tale that leaves you wishing for more!

In this book we learn about the terrible and legal trade of opium... which was put into medicines and soothing syrups, especially for babies! We follow the story of a young man who was once caught up in smuggling the vicious drug; and a young woman who'd been spoon-fed opium since she was a little child. Also, of a insane man who
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Hafiza
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Ibjoy1953
Having read two of Elizabeth Camden’s previous books, I was happy to be able to read Against the Tide, and especially since it was about Bane, a character I really enjoyed in The Lady of Bolton Hill. Ms. Camden created characters that were realistic, believable and developed well as the story unfolded. I grew to really love and enjoy the life of Bane and Lydia by the end of the story. And as with her first two books, the author clearly shows the importance of Gods love and grace, and how we shou ...more
Cherna
Free download from Amazon which I read without any prior information. Had I known advertising faith would play a role in it, I would never have touched it. Alas I only discovered this at 30-ish%. I can't stand that I didn't see it coming sooner. I wish there was some visible sign on the cover of books that shows it's explicitely Christian so I can avoid them.

It was a shame really, because the book was well-written and I liked the story up till that point. But I detest the arrogance of a hero bel
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Hannah
Such a great story! I loved the deep research that went into this, and I loved having Bane as the hero. Lydia's struggles with the sips of syrup reminded me of a couple people I've known who have discovered an unsuspected reliance on oxy after some sort of injury. I've actually got some old books that have the Mrs. Winslow's ad in the back.
One of my favorite spots was the mention of the jasmine and rose soaps from Kentucky...since I'd literally just put down the "Rose of Winslow Street" book!
Con
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Cookielover
Whoa. I mean, whoa. this author has again knocked my socks off. This novel was amazing. the characters might as well have been in my room acting out the book because it was like I was there. the author wonderfully weaved fact and fiction and I rooted along with bane as he stuggled with his guilt and Lydia struggled with her addiction. this book was really unique and I loved it very much.
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