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Lady of Bolton Hill, The

Lady of Bolton Hill, The [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Camden
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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.

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 Orlando, Florida.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 513 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (1 Jun 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XM3WB0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great holiday read. 7 Feb 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An enjoyable book.
Good character development and ticks all the boxes for a holiday romantic read.
Particularly enjoyed the way the question of faith is addressed - real and frank.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 Nov 2013
By Lyndsey
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I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend 'against the tide' as a follow up. The book is well written and the characters are loveable with a good story line
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved This 25 Oct 2013
By Mrs B
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I don't read many historical novels, but I'm glad I took a chance with this one. Daniel was a great character. His anger and unforgiveness made me look inward because it's easy to be disgusted when you see these unsavoury traits in other people and forget that you are not a saint yourself. I don't want to give the plot away, but I was really rooting for Daniel and Clara to just get together already and stop being silly. Seriously I wanted to SHAKE THEM BOTH. The only reason I gave the book four stars instead of five is because there were constant detours to this other character, who I understand stars in the next book, Rose of Winslow Street. But to be honest I didn't care about him. I just wanted to focus on Daniel and Clara. I mainly just skipped over those parts. Thank you Elizabeth Camden for such a sweet, romantic, suspense-filled faith book. I really enjoyed it. And the cover is beautiful too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as well-written as her later books 10 July 2014
By Rachel
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I've read three of Elizabeth Camden's novels and, so far, I think this is probably my least favourite. Given that it's her debut novel, it makes sense that it isn't quite as strong or well-written as her later books. Her writing voice is quite different and more mature in her later novels.

I honestly think that the opening chapters of this book--involving Clara and Daniel as teenagers, and then Clara imprisoned in London--were the strongest in the whole story. They sucked me in and intrigued me immediately, but the ensuing conflicts weren't quite as intriguing as the opening ones. The suspense and mystery in this book definitely kept me turning the pages, and I won't deny that the story is compelling, but the opening chapters were definitely the strongest out of the entire book.

I definitely enjoyed the details about Clara's work as a journalist and the issues with the labour unions, which I haven't come across much before in other novels from this time period. Female journalists certainly weren't all that common at this time, especially ones who delved into gritty issues like the ones Clara wrote about. Labour unions and child labour might not be the most romantic historical details to discuss in a novel, but they were interesting to read about.

While the villain of the story is disconnected from the other characters for the majority of the plot (which is initially a little confusing), he becomes more prominent towards the end of the story. I actually read the sequel to this book, Against the Tide, first, and I remember wondering how much of Bane's backstory is dealt with in the first book, since I found the details in the sequel to be rather vague. They're still pretty vague here, to be honest, and I think I probably prefer Against the Tide to this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read! 27 May 2011
By Jaime Wright - Published on
5 Stars. Period.

Debut author Elizabeth Camden BLEW ME AWAY with this fantastic new historical novel set in the gilded age of America. I was blown away at how Camden seemed to merge Regency with American 1879 history and bring them together in a complimentary fashion that was reminiscent of Julie Klassen meets Deeanne Gist. The setting was fantastic - delving into American railroading history was fascinating and I could tell that Elizabeth Camden wanted to be historically accurate while providing a captivating story.

The author did several things I found intriguing - and while I'm not big on a bullet points, I'm thinking it might be the best way to go here:

The hero and heroine were in love at page 1. I wouldn't expect this to work in most novels. But she pulls it off with dramatic tension, insurmountable odds, and family strife that makes you long for Daniel and Clara to come together and finally be FREE to express the emotion and devotion they both feel so strongly.

It pulls the heart strings of anyone who had a high-school sweetheart. Don't most of us have that one person you look back on with nostalgic fondness. The one person who first captured your heart - if only for a brief moment - and left no bad memories in their wake? I loved this sweetness that surrounded Daniel and Clara.

Mystery surrounds one of the characters. In an odd twist, Camden introduces a character who almost seems like their living in another book but the chapters in which they're highlighted are so engaging you don't care that they appeared out of no where. You TRUST the author implicitly becuase you want to see how this random, mysterious, somewhat sinister but victimized character will finally cross paths with Daniel and Clara.

Location. I'm not sure how she did it, but Elizabeth Camden has the readers imagination going from London, to Baltimore, to the Southwest, to a musical emporium to a factory. She doesn't stalemate the reader in one location - which is typically the norm, in all actuality - yet we're smack in the 1870's so it's not like our heroine flies to Arizona and back. Camden was a master at weaving culture into a rich tapestry of characters.

I could go on and on. My first clue this would be a great book was the fact it's a historical published by Bethany House. Seriously. You could pick up any historical with their lablel on it and be swept away for hours. My second clue was was the cover - it's magnificent. Amazing. Beautiful. I was literally entranced by it for about 10 minutes as I studied the dress, the fonts, the colors - but I am a cover-junkie. My third clue was Elizabeth's website - check it out - [...] it's fantastic! And my fourth clue was the first page. It sucked me in with ferocity and didn't let me go.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lady of Bolton Hill 21 May 2011
By teacher mom - Published on
Clara Endicott lives a charmed life in Bolton Hill as the daughter of a doting, prestigious minister. Daniel Tremain, on the other hand, lives in poverty, working in the same steel mill as his father. Despite their differences, the two become the best of friends. Then, tragedy strikes. Daniel's father dies in an accident, and Clara's father ships her to England. Overseas, Clara becomes a respected journalist and a champion of the working class. Meanwhile, Daniel has patented new railroad technology that makes him a very wealthy man. When Clara is forced to leave England, she is reunited with her childhood friend. The early romantic feelings they felt for each other are stronger than ever, but there are many problems the two face. Daniel is a bitter man, blaming a rival businessman for his father's death, and he does not share Clara's faith. Suddenly, Daniel's troubles find Clara and put her very life in danger. There are enough twists and turns to keep you reading until the very end, which is a very satisfying conclusion, indeed.

This book kept me entertained from the very beginning. Clara is not a shrinking violet, and she's not a perfect character, either. She does something in the book that I just couldn't believe, and I completely understood Daniel's anger with her. Daniel is irresistably charming at times--a complete flirt--and shockingly harsh and almost cruel at others. They were unpredictable and very realistic.

This is, first and foremost, a romantic story. Daniel is a great love interest and balance for Clara. He is a revered and even feared man, but with Clara he is very gentle and practically worships her. I found myself rooting for his redemption all along. The action scenes are susepenseful and well-paced. The villainous character, Alexander Bane, is a wonderful addition and comes at just the right time to increase the pacing in the latter half of the book.

The only criticism I can offer is that there were a few loose ends. In particular, we never find out what happens to a cruel professor who deals in the lucrative opium trade. With so many other ends tied up so neatly, I wonder how the author managed to forget about the most villainous of characters in the story.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking Forward to More from Camden 7 Jun 2011
By Ann B. Hibbard - Published on
I have read many great books, but it isn't very often that I come across a truly surprising book. First-time novelist Elizabeth Camden has succeeded in presenting just such a novel with The Lady of Bolton Hill.

Daniel Tremain is a brilliant young man trapped in the poverty-stricken world of a Baltimore steel mill life. Clara Endicott is the daughter of a wealthy and extremely influential minister. Their two worlds collide when Daniel's passion for music leads him to Clara's doorstep. A deep, fast friendship develops over the next few years as they pursue music together, their friendship becoming the sanctuary from the demands of their separate lives. But Clara's father has great plans for his daughter, and he is determined that nothing stand in the way of her success, including young Daniel Tremain. Twelve years later a very different Daniel and Clara are reunited, finding their friendship as strong as ever. But, bitterness threatens to ruin their relationship in a way separation never could.

That is where the similarity to a typical Christian fiction romance ends. The Lady of Bolton Hill is full of intrigue and unexpected turns. Just when it begins to seem to fall into a predictable pattern, a new twist is introduced. Yet through it all, a very foundational and natural faith is present. Admittedly, at times Clara's faith seems rather idealistic, but before the book's end, both her idealism and faith are challenged in a very powerful way.

Because of the complexity of the plot as compared to the length of the book, there were some intricacies and personalities that were not explored as fully as they could have been. Occasionally that led to some confusion as to how different components fit together. But, Camden's skill as a storyteller truly does compensate for those few flaws. The Lady of Bolton Hill is undoubtedly a remarkable debut, and I will definitely be watching for future releases from this new author.

This book was sent to me for review by Bethany House.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars strange yet somewhat predictable 26 Jun 2011
By jkay - Published on
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If one wants to read a stirring romance set in the industrial period between a factory owner and a lady of society, pick up a copy of Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South. This novel felt like a parody of the orginal literary work. The dialogue did not always fit with the time period. Paper dolls have more depth than the characters deplicted. In addition, the plot seemed cut up with the introduction of a teenage villian who works for a seedy opium operation run by a Bond type villian, "The Professor". The cover of the novel is gorgeous though. To bad you can't judge a book by it's cover.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Read! 27 May 2012
By Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews - Published on
In the debut from Elizabeth Camden, as teenagers Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain were in love. Clara grew up at Bolton Hill as the a preacher's daughter, but grew up to a journalist. Her love Daniel grew poor, as his father worked at a steel mill. After Daniel's father dies in a tragic accident, Clara leaves for England. Over the next twelve years, their lives go in different directions. Clara's journalism career is going strong, while Daniel has become a railroad tycoon. Circumstances occur causing Clara to leave England and is reunited with her long-lost-love. Daniel has changed since the last time they met. He is now a bitter man, wanting vengeance for his father's death, and his faith in God has been lost. Daniel's actions soon put Clara in mortal danger.

The Lady of Bolton Hill is an historical novel set in 1879 and spans England and the United States, and emerges in the booming technology era of the railroad. Unlike other Christian novels, the two main characters are already in love, and develops more on a plot than relationships. I, personally, had trouble getting interested in the novel. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, which at times they felt a little bland. I did enjoy the historical accepts of the railroad boom, and Clara's profession. It's not a bad debut for the author, but I, overall, have mixed feelings for the novel. I would only recommend this book to other historical romance readers/fans.
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