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The Lady of Bolton Hill

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  1,875 ratings  ·  241 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Bethany House Publishers (first published April 23rd 2011)
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THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME!!! At first it seems it will be too predictable and that the main characters get along a little too well after their 12 year separation. I was looking forward to some tension and anger, especially on Daniel's part toward Clara. The tension and anger comes, but when you least expect it! And, that's where the UNPREDICTABILITY of this book comes in! Nothing ever happens the way you think it's going to! And so much more of the plot goes place...more
I have mixed feelings about this book after reading it. Overall I did enjoy the storyline, it was easy to ready, had twists and drama in the right places, and had characters that were vivid, even if they were a little unrealistic at times.

There are two things that bring let this book down for me. The first is that it wasn't until halfway through that I realised it was a Christian book. Now to be fair it wasn't as 'preachy' as it could have potentially been, although there were times towards the...more
Margaret Metz
First I have to admit to cover love. I am so shallow that I wanted the book before I knew a thing about it other than it had a gorgeous cover. Thankfully the inside didn't let me down.

One of the wonderful things about historical fiction is all the "issues" they can talk and teach you about. This book had so many things going on that it felt like an action movie. What kept it grounded was the relationship between the characters and the characters themselves.

I may be shallow but Clara isn't. She...more
Now this is a book that I completely loved beginning to end. Page one had me captivated. I'm always nervous about new authors, but Elizabeth Camden with this one novel has made it to the favorite's keeper shelf and I will desperately await more stories to come! What is so extraordinary about this novel is that it was a perfect setting, but for once (something I do not often find with historicals) I could easily translate this and see it in my head as an everyday occurrence in the current time. I...more
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up for violence, drug use, and thematic elements
Best for Ages: 15 and up

Can Elizabeth Camden write a bad book? I doubt it. I only have one book of hers left that I haven’t read and if it is anything like all the others I have read, it will be amazingly good.

This book is probably the weakest of Camden’s books I have read, but is still is better than most fiction. Again, Camden made me fall for characters I normally hate and be enraptured by a story line that I typicall...more
Daniel and Clara come from different backgrounds but their hearts are joined forever in friendship through music. When their relationship grows deeper, Clara is sent off to England by her father, who doesn’t want her falling in love with a boy who wasn’t in her social class. After twelve years, the now grown Daniel is a successful businessman with a grudge, and Clara is a journalist who wants to write about the truth about working conditions. When criminals come to town to hurt them, can their...more
I thoroughly enjoyed The Lady of Bolton Hill by debut author Elizabeth Camden, as beautiful a story as the cover. This historical novel is set mainly in America during the Industrial Age of railroad tycoons, new technology, and social changes that follows the lives of childhood friend's Cara Endicott and Daniel Tremain.

Daniel and Cara meet when they are adolescents through their common love of music and Chopin. Cara is from a privileged home whose father is a well known minister and newspaper ow...more
3.5 Stars. United by a passion for music, Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain were the best of friends despite their wildly disparate backgrounds. Clara, the daughter of an influential minister, is a glittering but refreshingly unpretentious child of Baltimore's elite, while Daniel is a native of the tenements, destined for a future in the steel mills but with a drive to escape his upbringing and prove worthy Clara's affection. After a tragic accident derails his youthful dreams, Clara is shipped...more
Holly Renee
Bethany House's newest author, Elizabeth Camden, offers readers a fresh new voice and captivating story in her debut novel, The Lady of Bolton Hill.

Childhood friends Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain are inseparable . . . until Clara moves across the world. Twelve years later, Clara returns to the city of Baltimore. The bond between Daniel and Clara quickly reignites and sparks into romance. But both of them have changed. Daniel has attained massive wealth from his company, and he has no qualms...more
This is probably somewhere between a three and a four star book. I liked it, but not as well as The Rose of Winslow Street by the same author. This one was a little too preachy for me. The repentance and reformation of the villain didn't feel probable. Even our hero made a rather remarkable change in direction. It isn't that I don't believe in miracles. I do. It's just that, in my experience, a change of heart and direction comes more gradually, rather than in a matter of hours or days. I did li...more
Daniel and Clara have been best friends since they were children, both coming from different backgrounds but brought together from a mutual love of Chopin. Always playing music together, known pieces and scoring their own, something other then friendship started to bloom. Even if it was not noticed between the two.

Clara was to be sent to London to live with her Aunt. Under the guise of her pursuing her dream of writing, not realizing her father was purposely keeping her from the budding romance...more
Erika B. (Snogging on Sunday Books)
This would be like a 2.5-3 star rating from me! Three for being somewhat entertaining. I really really wanted to like this book! I tried so dang hard but it was one of those books that just didn't stick with me. I would put it down for weeks at a time and then try again. I think it was because the main character Clara drove me nuts! Seriously she was so annoying! She was VERY preachy and very self-righteous. She is dealing with the villain at one point in the story and he's threatening to kill h...more
The story is unlike anything I have read. It was really good. Not too long of a book being only like 350 pages. I would definitely read this again. I was surprised how on edge I was when reading this. It definitely has left an impression with me. Camden has another book coming out in 2012 and I plan to read it. This is her first novel and worth the read!
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Valerie Waters
This book was pretty good in the beginning and middle. The ending was just too much for me. I really liked the stories of the main characters and Bane. I didn't care for the preachy stuff. I feel like 3 is a little harsh. Maybe I just should stop reading for awhile.
Actual rating 3.5
Yay, this was actually a really good christian historical fiction novel!
I enjoyed it :)
Easy to read with quite a few surprising plot-twists, great winterread.

Ohhh and girls: look at that cover *-*
The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden is a wonderful historical novel set in Baltimore in the 1800's.

Clara Endicott loves music and so does Daniel Tremain. The problem however, is that they are from two different worlds. She lives in the heart of luxury and he is struggling to keep his family fed after the accidental death of his father. While Clara's father, a minister, accepts the friendship for a time, when it becomes serious he sends her to London to finish her schooling.

Twelve years...more
Daniel and Clara are childhood friends torn apart before their sparks of romance could ignite. When they cross paths twelve years later the heat between them creates an inferno on the page. The romance in The Lady of Bolton Hill got so steamy- for a minute there, I thought it might be headed in a whole different direction. Rest assured, we don't cross out of Christian fiction territory, but if you are a fan of edgy inspirational you'll enjoy the romance in this one.

There was much for me to love...more
Ada Brownell

I just completed Elizabeth Camden’s novel, The Lady of Bolton Hill. It is a suspenseful riveting historical romance where the setting is the age of newspaper muckrakers and workers’ union conflicts.
The Lady of Bolton Hill is such a great read it kept me up until 2 in the morning on one occasion. But it did much more—the reason I read Christian fiction—it lifted me above life’s shadows and planted my feet on higher ground because it reminded me redemption is much greater th...more
This book grabbed me from the start with its intricate plot that doesn't let go. The story begins in 1867 - Baltimore, Maryland, as tragedy strikes, when Daniel Tremain loses his father in a boiler explosion at a steel mill. Daniel was a brash and opinionated nineteen year old boy with no money and three little sisters to support. Sixteen year old, Clara Endicott, was his best friend and a fellow enthusiast of the great composer, Chopin. They were kindred spirits working together on Chopin compo...more
"The Lady of Bolton Hill" by Elizabeth Camden is exciting Christian Historical Fiction. It has more action than the usual for this genre. The story starts in Baltimore in 1867 when Daniel Tremain is taking a test for a scholarship in engineering. He is interrupted with a plea for help for his father. There has been a boiler explosion at work and his father has been trapped in some machinery. Daniel does his best but he was unable to save his father. The machinery had been unsafe. Daniel’s family...more
When reading an author's debut novel you never know if you'll have a hit or a miss. Nor can you predict their future success based on their first offering alone. Some have break-out first novels but can't seem to find their stide on subsequent tries (Ray Blackston). Others have rather mediocre debut stories but go on to become one of Christian fiction's most recognizable figures (Karen Kingsbury). Sometimes you find an author whose first novel blows you away to the point where you know you'll pu...more
Abbie Riddle
What a sweet love story! This is such a great look at what happens when one is faithful always to share God's word with those we love the most.

A childhood friendship that spans oceans and years is reunited when the two cross paths again. Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain were from opposite social classes and yet the common love of music was the basis for a friendship that would impact them for their entire lives. When Daniel's father is killed at the mines and he loses any chance of ever going t...more
I got this book from the library because I loved another book from the same author, The Rose of Winslow Street. I didn't like The Lady of Bolton Hill quite as well, but I really did enjoy it. With some books, you wonder why the main characters are even together... you just don't see the chemistry. In this book, it was evident right from the start how completely comfortable Clara and Daniel were in one another's company. This author does characters and interactions very well.

There were chapters a...more
I really don't know what it was that created such an urgent desire to read this particular book. The last time I was so crazy about getting my hands on a book, the book was Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure. Instead of blazing through the pages like I usually do, I actually had to set the book down at times just to digest everything. Which is a good thing. It's what I hope for every time I open a new book to read.

And it's what I found myself doing with The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camd...more
I wish I would have written this review when I finished the book, instead I’ve waited awhile and it’s harder to put into words what I thought while reading it.

I actually enjoyed this book. I thought the “lost love” angle was interesting. I liked that they pick up practically right where they left off. Twelve years have passed and both have gone through a lot and are different people. I liked how they have to get to know each other all over again, and yet still have a strong connection from when...more
This book is just simply beautiful inside and out! The romance between Clara and Daniel is enough to make you want to drool. Elizabeth Camden’s debut book is one of the best debut books I have read in a while. Daniel was the poor guy, making friends with rich daddy’s girl Clara Endicott because of the type of music they shared. As the years go by and the couple gets older, daddy sends his girl across the ocean to be raised by her aunt because he can see the chemistry growing between them. As the...more
I was completely captivated by The Lady of Bolton Hill. It stands as one of my favorite books of the year, thus far. I must say I love the Gilded Age, and I am very pleased to find more books are being set during this time.

Both Clara and Daniel are wonderful characters, and their story has several star-crossed qualities. Clara being from the upper class, while Daniel being from the working class. As a reader, I find myself drawn to the heroes, and Daniel Tremain is one I will not soon forget.

I a...more
More like 4.5 stars but close enough to round up.

The Lady of Bolton Hill was an enjoyable novel set in the late 1800s. I loved getting to know the characters and found the redemptive themes to be believable in that the people who had reasons for antipathy toward God were convincing in their rejection of faith. A few of the scenarios were a bit of a stretch for me to believe, but I still found the story very engaging and read the book almost straight through.

This author's voice is a blend of Tra...more
The story telling was very surface- you are told instead of shown. Clara was pushy about her faith instead of endearing and inspiring. I didn't realize this was a Christian book when I picked it up, and while I am Christian, I don't tend to enjoy Christian books that are too pushy. I also don't like it when Christian books make it so that all problems are solved when someone becomes Christian and that was a huge part of this book. I did like the Bane character, although I feel like his transform...more
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