Friday, June 10, 2011

Book Review: The Lady of Bolton Hill

Lady of Bolton Hill, The
The Lady of Bolton Hill
By Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House, 2011
English, 334 pgs

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. 

I was somewhat reluctant to read this since I've been a little underwhelmed with historical Christian romance books lately. This one exceeded my expectations and has made me slightly more interested in the genre again.

The story is really sweet: adolescent friends who were separated when it seemed they were falling for each other are reunited many years later and discover that neither is what was expected. There was a wonderful redemption and forgiveness thread to the story that really warmed my heart. I cried at one part and I don't cry when I'm reading anymore, usually.

I really liked this book and am really glad I gave it a chance.

I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review. No compensation has been received and I was not required to write a positive review.

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