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

Very Interesting Historical Fiction on Addiciton

I kept seeing this book pop up for me so I finally went for it. At first I thought I was going to be disappointed, but then the layers kept building. The book turned out to be satisfying, with good characters who had believable dillemas, plus a fun thriller aspect. It was also a subtle inspirational book, which was a pleasant surprise.

Lydia's traumatic childhood leaves her with lasting needs, yet she is surprisingly resilient. She overcomes great odds to make a life for herself, a life with seemingly great order. Then she meets a man at work who likes to subtly throw chaos into her order, and off we go. This book explores the themes of drug abuse and addiction, redemption, love, and recovery. The historical setting makes the addiction and recovery theme safe, so that we can really experience that reality without our modern day prejudices. It also explores the human need for connecting with God and our tendency to try to do it all on our own, killing ourselves in the process. Thumbs up!

NOTE: I think there are some historical inaccuracies, but being from the south I wasn't positively sure so I was able to look past them. In the end the drug addiction theme was very well explored, and not commonly found, so I think the book is a worthy offer. Also the historical aspect is pretty minor so not terribly distracting unless maybe you live in the area.
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- SydSavvy

Book Details

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