Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Lady of Bolton Hill

Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0894-2
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Daniel Tremain was gifted at mechanical work at a young age, but he planned to take exams to become a teacher—until the day when he is summoned to unpin his father from a boiler about to blow. Unfortunately, Daniel’s father died in that accident and Daniel lost his sight in one eye. Daniel’s one love was music and his best friend was Clara Endicott. Daniel talked Clara into meeting with him to play music for comfort…

Years later, Clara has given up her dreams of becoming a great musician, and instead has become a controversial journalist—jailed for her articles in Great Britain, yet welcomed as somewhat of a celebrity in Boston. Then Clara discovers that her father has orchestrated plans to keep her and Daniel apart as children—and that the childhood friend Daniel used to be had grown to be a dangerous and wealthy man with a desire to exact revenge against his father’s former employer.

When Clara starts delving into the story behind the feud between Daniel and the other man, she discovers that he has powerful enemies. And suddenly the cost of their convictions finds both their hearts and their lives hanging in the balance.

All I can say is Wow. THE LADY OF BOLTON HILL is Ms. Camden’s debut novel and even though Daniel is a flawed man, I fell absolutely and totally in love with him. I even found myself liking the “bad guys” they were so realistically developed, with reasons for acting as they did.

I totally loved THE LADY OF BOLTON HILL, sympathizing with the younger Daniel and Clara on the cusp of a relationship while believing they were simply best friends enjoying music—to the grown Daniel and Clara, both determined to leave their marks on the world—in totally different ways. If you like historical romance, you’ll definitely want to read THE LADY OF BOLTON HILL. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $14.99. 331 pages.

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