- Title: Against the Tide
- Author: Elizabeth Camden
- Genre(s): Historical, Inspiration
- Publisher: Bethany House, October 2012
- Source: Publisher
- Length: 362 pages
- Trope(s): Enigmatic Loner Hero, Tough but Nearly Desperate Heroine, Villain With a Fatal Weakness, Kidnapping, Addiction
- Quick blurb: Naval translator gets drawn into a former opium smuggler’s quest for redemption.
- Quick review: Another one for the “Written JUST FOR ME” category.
- Grade: A-
I’m always on the hunt for new and different in romance, and when it comes in the form of an inspirational historical suspense story centering on the opium trade in late 19th-century Boston – with a gorgeous cover as a bonus – I am helpless to resist.
I’ve read Against the Tide three times now, and I’ve been sitting on this review for months because I’m both enthralled and a bit conflicted. The characters are complex and memorable, and the setting and suspense had me in a full-on book trance even on the second and third reads. Only one element in the narrative bothered me enough to add a minus instead of a plus to the letter grade, but it’s one that’s central to the story.