“Against The Tide” ranks as first-rate Christian fiction in my opinion and Elizabeth Camden has earned her place as one of my favorite Christian novelists. From the first page on I was hooked and I could not put this book down. I was even more captivated when I gradually realized that this book continued the story of Bane, the charismatic villain turned hero in Camden’s previous novel, “The Lady of Bolton Hill” (also a great read…and yes, in some ways a prequel to this one, but both books can stand alone.)
I quickly found myself connecting with and rooting for Lydia Pallas, an orphaned immigrant who wants nothing more than a secure and orderly life after spending years in an orphanage. Camden’s skill in creating dynamic characters is probably what I love best about her books; Lydia is determined, smart, and resilient, but she’s also anxious, obsessive-compulsive, and unknowingly addicted to an opium based drug.
Bane is the male protagonist that adds drama, depth and humor to the story. He’s handsome, he’s a flirt, and he’s brilliant. He’s also intensely committed to stamping out the opium trade and to hindering the man that is a ring-leader behind it.
The minor characters are well-rounded, the plot is suspenseful and exciting, and the conflict and dénouement are believable and engaging. “Against The Tide” is also a story of spiritual awakening, and its surprising educational as it delves into the process of drug withdrawal. I love it when I finish a novel and feel like I was not only entertained – I learned something as well. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and I look forward to reading more of Elizabeth Camden.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.