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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
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really liked it
bookshelves: christian, fiction, historical-fiction, women-s-fiction, romance

This one surprised me! I has seen it on a fellow blogger’s Tuesay Teaser a couple of months ago and thought it sounded interesting, so I added it to my Pinterest possible reads board. Then my interest waned and I’d pretty much decided it didn’t sound like something I really wanted to read. But recently I needed a book for my ereader, so I went browsing my library’s collection and ‘Against the Tide’ came up. It still didn’t seem all that interesting, but since I needed a book, and it was available.....why not give it a try? I’m so glad I did!

Lydia is a self-made woman, having come to American as a young girl and being raised in an orphanage after her family was lost in an accident, presumably drowned. She is half Greek and half Turkish and speaks several languages well enough to be hired as an interpreter for the Admiral in the Boston naval yards. A woman in this position in the late 1800s was practically unheard of.

One of the admiral’s associates, Christopher Bane, is infuriating, always teasing Lydia and messing with her mind. One example, he insist upon rearranging her desk, but is so good at it, she does not realize it until after he leaves! But Bane needs a good interpreter for a ‘mission’ he is on, and Lydia needs the income to purchase the apartment she is in danger of losing. As they work together, they come to know each other better and of course, there is ‘forbidden’ love, as Bane assures her he will never marry. You see, Bane is trying to close down an illegal opium operation, and he knows that anyone who comes to be important to him will be at risk, and he will not put Lydia at risk. Until.... Well, you will have to read the book to learn this! The book gets quite suspenseful!

One thing that surprised me about this book was the history. I suppose it shows how quickly things change, but I had to keep reminding myself that this was late 1800s and NOT late 1700s. I really felt like I was reading revolutionary era fiction. Also, the possession of opium and the addition of opium as an ingredient in medications was NOT illegal at this time. Bane was just going after an illegal smuggling operation. It surprised me that opium was legal as late as the 1880s.

I am really glad I picked this one up. It does very well as a stand alone novel, but after I read the book, I learned that Bane is a character in an earlier book by the author, The Lady of Bolton Hill. I may pick that one up, too!

4 Stars

The copy I read was an ebook from the library.
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Reading Progress

May 27, 2013 – Started Reading
May 27, 2013 – Shelved
May 27, 2013 – Shelved as: to-read
June 6, 2013 – Finished Reading
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: christian
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: fiction
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: women-s-fiction
June 8, 2013 – Shelved as: romance

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