Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Lady of Bolton Hill A Novel by Elizabeth Camden

Book Description: 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.

My Review:  The story begins with Daniel and his knowledge of boilers...he tries to save his dad from certain death. . .  And then the unthinkable happens the boiler explodes....Daniel is hurt! Dad is dead! 
Clara is beautiful.  She and Daniel have a "history together."  However, Daniel feels that the accident has made him ugly and underserving of Clara. 
Clara doesn't know what the future holds for them but she does "know one thing for certain:  Daniel Tremain was the best friend she ever had, and no distance or circumstance would ever tear them apart."
Then twelve years later Clara finds herself in a jail cell with two other women waiting for her verdict to come.  
Insurmountable odds, two people, two stories but just one great novel!  The interaction of the characters, their feelings, and their hope all make for an "almost true to life" story.
I loved this story!  The story of pride, redemption and true love!  Drama that would seem trivial in another novel is well worded and is well developed in this grand read!  
Oh! And I just love the cover of this book for it brings out the "picture" of this time period.
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*
  About the Author:

A research librarian and associate professor, Elizabeth Camden has a master’s in history from the University of Virginia and a master’s in library science from Indiana University. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband in central Florida.

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