The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden - Review
About the book: Clara Endicott is beginning to make a name for herself as a journalist who is intent on exposing the dark side of industry. In the splendor of gilded age America, she soon finds herself face to face with the childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished steel worker she once knew.
Daniel Tremain has risen to become a powerful industry giant. He always idolized Clara, but when she writes an exposé about his company, her words trigger a series of events that threaten to destroy them both.
Read the first chapter HERE.
My review: This book swept me away! I'll admit that it was a bit slow moving in the first few chapters, while the characters were being established, but after that I couldn't put it down!
Elizabeth Camden transported me to Baltimore, 1879, at a time when factory riots were almost a daily occurrence and the wealthy railroad barons ruled the roost of society. I could tell that no small amount of research went into the making of this fine book.
Ms. Camden's vibrant descriptions really brought this book to life, I could feel the crush of the mobs, and the purity of a summer day. The little details are what made this book stand out, and truly come to life.
How an author deals with tough issues, often makes or breaks a book. In this book, Ms. Camden dealt with the issues of suicide and the difficulty of forgiving, both of which I thought she handled expertly.
Not to mention all the action, suspense, conspiracy and romance! By the end of the this book, I was riveted to the each page, hanging on every word, hoping that this book would never end. In all, The Lady of Bolton Hill is a terrific debut novel, that Ms. Camden should be very proud of, I am eagerly awaiting her next novel, which is rumored to be titled, The Rose of Winslow Street, coming out in 2012.
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*To avoid a conflict of interest I must, in order to comply with the FTC, inform you that I received this book for free in exchange for my help promoting this book and my honest opinion.I was not required to give a positive review. So this is my honest opinion. Thanks!
Extra thanks to Bethany House Publishers who provided this book for me to review free of charge!