The Lady of Bolton Hill

The Lady of Bolton Hill

by Elizabeth Camden
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The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441232243
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 151,799
File size: 704 KB

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of four books, including the Christy Award winner, Against the Tide (2012), and a RITA, National Reader's Choice Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award  finalist. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.
Elizabeth Camden is the author of nine historical novels and has been honored with the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the Carol Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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The Lady of Bolton Hill 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
hammyflirt More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting read; maybe a bit hard to classify topic wise. Even though the book's cover might indicate a purely romantic nature, I'd say it's a mixture of action, mystery, and politics with a dose of love story to soften things up. Those are pretty substantial themes to conquer in a little over 300 pages but, for the most part, it works. We start out with a little back history into the relationship between our protagonists, Daniel and Clara. Their friendship as teenagers, built upon a mutual love for music and composition, has flourished despite social class barriers until an unexpected tragedy forces them apart. Twelve years later, Daniel and Clara find themselves brought back together yet not under the best of circumstances. She has just left prison and he is embroiled in legal/business dilemmas that threaten to undo his company's hard earned profits. No longer poor, Daniel still feels the need to prove himself to Clara while also holding onto a long held vendetta from the past. So caught up in his anger and need for vengeance, he is not the same man Clara remembers from her childhood. But can she uncover the Daniel she knew before it's too late? I love historical fiction and The Lady of Bolton Hill is a nice addition to the genre. The writing was excellent, descriptive without being wordy, and has a certain finesse that speaks of intelligence. I also found the bits of humorous dialogue sprinkled throughout delightful, without being annoyingly cliched. The only thing that seemed a bit heavy handed was the biblical aspect. Clara came across too preachy at times, spouting off scripture at every turn to anyone who would listen. (Or even those who did not want to listen.) A few times, I wanted to yell across the pages for her to back off and tone it down so as not to further irritate those she was addressing. An incident that comes to mind is right while Daniel's house is being destroyed, Clara can't just let him come to grips with the horror of it unfolding before his eyes. Instead, she gets in his face to lecture him some more and then has the nerve to tell him it's only things he is losing, despite the fact some of those "things" are quite meaningful to him. Not the best time to be saying something like that if you have any trace of sensitivity. It was so obnoxious, my mouth was gaping open. If someone ever did that to me, I would be furious. Talk about adding insult to injury! In short, I suppose Clara was the weakest link in the story for me. I just found her attitude holier than thou quite a bit of the time which ultimately made it hard for me to root for her. I actually enjoyed the few times Daniel, or anyone else, managed to put her in her place...until she slipped her way out again to bible thump some more. However, despite all of Clara's pressuring, I liked that Daniel didn't immediately convert his views to placate her but that it was a gradual process, a dawning of sorts. That seemed realistic, which is what I appreciate most in inspirational fiction. The character of Bane was one of the more interesting ones and I was intrigued to learn what made him tick. By the end of the story, I was pulling for him and wishing for more details about his life pre and post Clara. Possible sequal for Bane? Hint hint... Despite a few quibbles, I look forward to reading Mrs. Camden's next story and think The Lady of Bolton Hill was a very good debut novel. The author is definitely talented, with an engaging s
Rachel_Wilder More than 1 year ago
I'll let the back cover blurb speak for itself. This review is not a synopsis of the plot. Clara Endicott is a reporter, the daughter of a well-off, influential pastor in 1870's Baltimore. Danial Tremaine is the son of a steel worker killed in a horrible accident, bent on revenge against the mill owner. Wrong side of the tracks romance; done to death, right? Elizabeth makes it fresh! There's a good suspense thread throughout, though it is light. This is a historical romance, not a suspense. The secondary character of Bane is very intriguing. Clara shows herself a true Christian, that she's not just talk. The writing throughout is more formal than I'm used to seeing in modern historical romances. But it worked. Well. Very evocative of the year it takes place in. The speech patterns, while stilted to modern ears, are exactly the way the people spoke back then. It also covers another aspect that many historical writers ignore: Unions. The unions of Baltimore play a crucial role in the plot. I was very pleasantly surprised. Unions have been in the news an awful lot this year. The passion that binds Clara and Daniel together is music, specifically Chopin. I love it when historical authors use "contemporary" composers in their books. There's also a strong thread of redemption throughout the story, and how God will go to whatever lengths it takes to rid us of our idols. Daniel's idols are his inventions, his patents, his thirst for revenge. Sometimes threads like that can be overdone or melodramatic, in my opinion. Not this one. The entire progression was believable and never once made Daniel seem less of a man. He remained committed to his goal throughout, and allowed God to change that goal. That's a real man!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing.... Yes, I think that sums it up.
BillyB More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story and the messages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. Set in the late 1900's it shows the strength and character of women in a time when women were thought to be docile and useless.
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The lady of Bolton Hill is a great book. I recommend it! I've read it over and over again.. Each time is the same. Very exciting! Clara is such a good character. So is Daniel. I like how they are such good friends when they are younger then become more as time goes on. The whole story is just great. It's a different kind of book, I'll admit. But you never want to put it down once you start reading. {{{don't hesitate to buy it}}} Btw, Bane (aka Alexander Banebridge) is awesome! Can't wait to read about him in the second book!
Sheila31 More than 1 year ago
Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever could not put it down!!!!!
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I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. It had humor, passion, and faith weaved throughout. It reminds the reader that unforgiveness is destructive and costly. Elizabeth Camden is a gifted author and I will definitely purchase more of her books.
InSpirit More than 1 year ago
Unique and unexpected action  for those of you who enjoy some mystery added to your romances... Innovative debut from Elizabeth Camden, featuring action, adventure,mystery, inspiration, along with romance. in addition to the gorgeous cover! I look forward to further offerings from Ms Camden. 
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A bit too evangelical for my tastes but I loved the subplot with Bane and the spunk of Clara. Very nice effort!
Carol-M More than 1 year ago
Clara and Daniel had lived worlds apart for more than a decade. It was obvious from the beginning [and I can't imagine this is a spoiler...] that they were meant for each other – they’d just have to overcome the obstacles to getting there. I love the journalistic aspect of Clara. Perhaps because I’ve watched a few too many Superman movies and love Lois Lane. Perhaps because I have friends in the newspaper business. Perhaps because I like to write. Whatever the reason, I loved it . The chemistry between Clara and Daniel was wonderful as were the secondary characters and the setting. I was able to visualize their locations especially as the plots came to a climax. The subplots were interesting, opium and music. What more does one need? Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10 stars Thanks to Ms. Camden and Bethany House for an influencer copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the female character but the male lead was a bit annoying by the conclusion of the book. There were unexpected twists in the story that diverges the book from the typical Christian romance book. A good read and it held my interest.
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