Thursday, January 26, 2012

Review: The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

Summary: Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing London's poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant and Clara finds him as enigmatic as ever. However, Daniel's success is fueled by resentment from past wounds and Clara's deeply-held beliefs about God's grace force Daniel to confront his own motives. When Clara's very life is endangered by one of Daniel's adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.

Review: An enjoyable romance with likable characters and a good message.

I honestly didn't realize that this book was a Christian work. I had downloaded because it sounded like it might be a good romance. And it was. The time period allows for the strong faith that Clara displays, but the author does not hit the reader over the head with Clara's faith. It is a part of her convictions and drives her journalism. Clara is unique in the fact that her father encourages her to pursue her journalism even though women were rare in the field. I do not know enough about the time period, but I do suspect that women like Clara were few and far between. Daniel is a really sweet and strong character and you can tell how much he cares about his sisters and Clara. 

The beginning prologue demonstrates the friendship between Clara and Daniel. It's a very heart wrenching chapter and you hope that Clara and Daniel will get together in the end. I liked the political background to the story. It's add another level to the romance and demonstrates what life was like back then for the working poor. Both characters are very stubborn and you will see that in the story, especially Daniel. The theme in this story is change and I was certainly glad for the change that occurred. To me, the change seemed to happen too fast though, especially since two of the characters were so set in their ways and had been for years. The ending was sweet and satisfying.


Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of historical fiction, historical romance, romance with a bit of suspense thrown in, Christian romance, and/or clean romance.

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