By Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House, 2012
English, 368 pgs
From the Back CoverAfter a childhood rampant with uncertainty, Lydia Pallas has carved out a perfect life for herself. She spends her days within sight of the bustling Boston Harbor, where her skill with languages has landed her an enviable position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.
Lydia's talents bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man in need of a translator. Driven by a campaign to end the opium trade, Bane is coolly analytical and relentless in his quest. He cannot afford to fall for Lydia and must fight the bittersweet love growing between them.
When Bane's enemies gain the upper hand, he is forced to turn to Lydia for help. Determined to prove her worth, Lydia soon discovers that carrying out Bane's mission will test her wits and her courage to the very limits.
When forces conspire against them from without and within, can their love survive?
I had given up on Christian historical romances. But I remembered that I enjoyed previous books by this author, so I gave it a chance when the opportunity for a review came up. I'm very glad I did!
The story is about Lydia and Bane, so they are the most developed characters. The supporting characters are really funny and well written too. Her coworkers at the Navy Yard really made me laugh. The Professor's staff really made me mad!
Reading the romance unfold was heartbreaking at times and really sweet at others. It also made me wonder: how many people have grown up in a city and never been on a farm to see a real cow?
The undercurrent of opium trade and addiction was a nice addition to the plot. It kinda angered me when I read the notes at the end and it said that the opium laced syrup was not fictional. Those poor children.
I can't remember him in it, but Bane was a character in another book by Camden, The Lady of Bolton Hill. I just pulled that off the shelf to refresh my memory on him in it!
Like most Christian romances, the theme of salvation runs throughout it and is presented near the end. I can live with that on this one.
The only thing that could get you hung up is that her work at the Navy Yard and for Bane gets a teeny bit tedious and technical. Just get past it and you'll enjoy the story!
I received a copy of the book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. No additional compensation has been received.