Against the Tide

  • by Elizabeth Camden
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • 11 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself - a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy. However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane", a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.
Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

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A story well worth your time...

This is just my second Elizabeth Camden book. My first was "The Rose at Winslow Street", which I loved. I hesitated in buying "Against the Tide" because of one or two reviews, but I'm really glad I did. I love Elizabeth's writing because she takes such care in creating memorable, distinctive characters. In "Against the Tide" she tells an engrossing story woven out of family ties, pride in work, intrigue and courage. The dry humor between the characters is witty and engaging. And the suspense and despair are very real. Some reviewers have been put off by the religious overtones, but Camden keeps everything within the context of the story, so the characters' belief feels natural for them and not at all preachy. Above all, I love the intelligence and courage of the heroine, Lydia. From the first moment we meet her, and throughout the story, she embraces life and deserves every moment of love and security she gains by the end.
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- Esther Cunningham

Boston Late 1800s, Brave Young Woman & Opium

Orphaned at age nine, Lydia was at school, when her parents' ship was lost at sea, and they and her little brother were swept away, never to be seen again . . . taken to a local orphanage, she excelled at learning, and never forgot her Greek and Turkish heritage . . . growing up to become a translator at the navy shipyard, an unusual accomplishment for a woman. With a past of uncertainty, Lydia loves order in her life, right down to her very organized desk, and when she is in danger of losing her apartment that she has felt safe and secure in for several years, she's in a panic. Until she meets Bane . . . who offers her some extra work, translating documents for him . . . working hard to earn enough to buy her apartment, she finds that Bane is elusive and mysterious . . . yet she grows more and more interested in the strange, handsome man . . . Against the Tide is an excellent story, with many layers.I learned a lot about the late 1800s and early 1900s in respect to medications and opium use. I had to research Mrs. Winslow's soothing syrup after I listened to the book, and I was horrified to learn that it was indeed used routinely in the US and UK. I highly recommend Against the Tide . . . you won't be disappointed.
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- Debbie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-17-2012
  • Publisher: Recorded Books