Book Review: Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

After 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 enjoyed Ms. Camden’s first two books and enjoyed this one as much.

Lydia’s past is tragic. Her present is nice, but lacking.

Bane’s past is also tragic though for different reasons. His present is even more lacking than hers is.

They both lack a sense of family. Of belonging. More than superficially anyway.

No matter how they try to fight it, the two of them are drawn to each other. They fight bad guys together. Try desperately to fight their attraction, but in the end, they can’t.

I liked the setting, the story, pretty much the whole thing and I can’t wait for Ms. Camden’s next offering.

Overall rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars

Thanks to the publisher for a copy in exchange for my review.