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Against The Tide by Elizabeth Camden Bethany House ISBN978-0-7642-1023

By the time Lydia was nine years old she could speak Italian, Greek, Turkish and Croatian, but not English. She had never gone to school because she and her family had lived on various boats, surviving by fishing. By 1876 the family was living in Boston and Lydia’s wish to attend school was finally granted. Against the Tide, by Elizabeth Camden, is the story of a remarkable child who matures into an extraordinary woman.
A tragedy leads to Lydia’s placement in an orphanage. Eventually, due to her skill with languages, she finds employment with the US Navy as a translator. She lives a tidy and orderly life. This changes once she meets her employer’s associate, Alexander Banebridge¬†(also known as Bane). Bane is a man on a mission to stop the opium trade. Because he is in need of a translator he hires Lydia to translate documents. He has convinced himself there is no room for romance in his life and Lydia finds him to be arrogant. He needs her services and she needs the money he pays her. Over time Lydia wants to become a part of seemingly unattainable Bane’s life. When Bane’s nemesis commits a vile act he turns to Lydia for help. She agrees to assist him and as a result she comes to face the challenges of a lifetime.
Lydia and Bane each thought they knew what they wanted for themselves, but then they met each other. Reluctant at first, they each took emotional risks. While the story is about opium it is also about courage and determination. The author has skillfully developed interesting characters who often surprise the reader. Bad things happen and the suspense level is high which makes for a fast moving and highly readable novel. I found this to be a well crafted story.
I received this book free of charge and I give this review of my own free will.

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Prison by Toni V. Lee West Bow Press ISBN 978-1-4497-4851-7

The relationship between Sonja Grey and Max Trent did not start well. Both are undercover detectives and there is some tension between them. They are assigned to work together on a case and this brings about serious changes. Prison, by Toni V. Lee, is their story.
Sonja and Max are to capture a drug dealer, Rock, in the act of selling drugs. Coincidentally, Rock has chosen Sonja’s church as his place of business as he feels no one will suspect him of anything. Due to Rock’s arrogance and high opinion of himself, he doesn’t suspect he is being watched. Sonja and Max put a plan into action and a seemingly successful end is in view. At the last minute, chaos erupts which could end in tragedy.
The characters are interesting people. Sonja’s family is loving, honest and generous. They are a family with strong faith and actually enjoy being together. Some are blunt and some eccentric. One always knows where one stands with them. They are an integral part of the novel.
This is a fast moving story and easy to read.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review.

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