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Against the Tide

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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 1st 2012 by Bethany House Publishers
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Heather I feel this question may be lost in translation as it does not read correctly. Maybe if you rephrased it, it would be easier to answer. I think that h…moreI feel this question may be lost in translation as it does not read correctly. Maybe if you rephrased it, it would be easier to answer. I think that has prevented anyone thus far. (less)
Bonnie I read this book a year or so ago. It is fiction, but there are accurate historic details in it. The author does explain some at the end.
I read this book a year or so ago. It is fiction, but there are accurate historic details in it. The author does explain some at the end.

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May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing

I heard from many fellow readers that Against the Tide is their favorite Elizabeth Camden novel, now I can definitely see why. Although this is my first book by this author, I can certainly say it won't be my last.

It started slow, but it captured me from the beginning. The many varying facets of this novel enthralled and bewitched me. There're many points I loved, and far fewer I disliked. So, as always, let's start with my list of love
Lydia Pallas’ childhood was not easy. Uncertainty and fear are the only two words that can describe it. But now, at twenty-four, she has got a job she loves as a translator for the US Navy, a lovely apartment in Boston and new hopes and dreams for her future life. But her skills with languages will put her in danger when she meets Alexander “Bane” Banebridge and accepts to work with him in order to accomplish a delicate mission.

You know you loved a book to pieces when you cannot stop thinking ab
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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 suffere
Boston, Massachusetts and Vermont, 1890's

If you're in the mood for something different, try Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden, and you won't be disappointed! This was my first novel by this author, and we're off to an excellent start because this was simply incredible!

After a difficult and uncertain childhood, Lydia Pallas manages to land a job at the Boston Navy Yard as a translator, given her exceptional skill with languages. She is finally able to settle into a routine, and comes to love i
Jocelyn Green
I adore Elizabeth Camden novels! Please don't ask how it took me so long to get around to reading Against the Tide, but now that I have, I have a new favorite novel by Camden to gush about. This heroine is so well-drawn, the plot so twisty, I had no idea how it was going to resolve. But the depth of Lydia's struggle is what sets this book apart. Sorry to be vague, I am trying not to spoil it! I will just say that the author made really brave choices in Lydia's journey, definitely taking risks, a ...more
Sarah Grace Grzy
Full of intrigue, plot twists, suspense, action, heart, wit (boatloads of wit!) and a sweet romance, Against the Tide is Camden at her best. Plus that cover is so gorgeous! There is something about Camden’s books that really hooks my interest right away and I don’t want to stop reading. The historical setting and details in this one are so rich, and the fight against the use of opiates and drug addiction was fascinating and eye-opening. Bane and Lydia are such realistic characters that I quickly ...more
Monique S. (The Ginger Librarian)
As a beautiful work of historical Christian fiction, I consider Elizabeth Camden’s “Against the Tide” to be a great read for all—not just for Christian readers. This book is very well written with fascinating characters and an excellent blend of mystery, suspense, adventure, romance, and redemption.

The development of each character in this book is very well paced. Camden keeps you guessing as the history and motives of each character are slowly unveiled with brilliant timing. Most of the charact
I really enjoyed my first book by Elizabeth Camden. Only after I finished this, I saw there was a first book in which Bane first appeared - I didn’t realize this was part of a series, but it did not keep me from following and enjoying this book.

Though Bane was the main male lead and an important factor in Lydia’s salvation, I felt that the focus was more on Lydia. In Lydia we have a strong female lead who had to overcome set back after set back. My heart about broke for her in the prologue when
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Historical Aficionados, Fans of the Author
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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden | Book Review

Writing historical fiction demands the one holding the pen is of a certain talent; and a lot of patience. Any historical author worth their salt takes hours to research their subject, setting or era. As a girl who appreciates an anticipatory historical novel, I respect this. Against the Tide marks Camden's third novel, and of those, two have spots on my ever-growing keeper shelf. Many fans may remember Against the Tide’s hero, Alexander Banebridg
Rachelle Cobb
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was enthralling. Wish I could give it ten stars. :)
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“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 Ba
Jaime Jo Wright
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
I really loved this novel, and I think the main character Lydia was an engaging protagonist. She was hardworking, and even after living through a lot of pain that occured in her childhood, she still stayed strong and worked hard to support herself, which was admirable.

What was also good was the romance between Lydia and Bane. Hands down, their banter is one of the best that I've seen in books, and I found myself smiling and laughing every time they interacted.

Another interesting twist to this
Haley S
As you can see from my list of favorite authors, Elizabeth Camden is one of my favorite authors. This book is my favorite of hers. The plot, setting, and characters are awesome. I could not put it down and, yes, finished it in one day. To be perfectly honest, I would not go to bed until I finished it.
I fell in love with the main characters immediately, Bane especially! Actually, in Lady of Bolton Hill, Bane is introduced as a younger boy. So, it was awesome to read about him when he was older--
Jan 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is an interesting mix of stellar, and not so stellar. It started out strong. I loved Lydia's earlier life with her parents, her painful losses, and her endurance. But, as the story progresses, the characters act inconsistently and not appropriate to the time period. Secondly, I struggled with Bane (the hero) and Eric, (the admiral).

In the beginning, the admiral was larger than life; riding to the rescue of damsels in distress, ignoring conventional boundaries to do what was right for
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 wh
Malia Saldaña
Apr 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This was a great book! I love the cover. It’s super cute. I love Lydia Pallas and Alexander Banebridge! You should definitely try this book.
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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!
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.

Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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
B. D. Mann
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This well-written clean historical romance captivated me. The protagonists were described correctly on page 350: “They were two imperfect people who had weathered the storms of life and had battle scars to show for it.” Ms. Camden researched this book thoroughly. I was particularly impressed when Bane commented on Lydia’s handwriting. My spouse is both a Certified Graphologist and a Certified Graphoanalyst. She advises me that that the conclusions he reached based upon the handwriting sample he ...more
Gwendolyn Gage
Aug 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
What I loved about the book

- The setting: It was completely different from anything I've read. I loved our heroine working as a translator, her connection to the navy/sea and her personality.
- The addiction and recovery from drugs: Again, I've never read an HR, and more so a Christian HR, that went into such depth of drug addiction and how hard it is for users to stop. Elizabeth Camden is wonderful in using actual historical events and building a story from it. It gives the story a solid founda
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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