Monday, September 24, 2018

"Against the Tide" by Elizabeth Camden

About this book:

  “As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she's finally carved out a perfect life for herself--a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.
  However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or "Bane," a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.
  Just as Bane's charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia's part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.”

Series: Connected to the author’s other book, “The Lady of Bolton Hill”.

Spiritual Content- A few Scriptures are mentioned & read; Prayers; Witnessing & Being witnessed to; Talks about God, prayers, & Bibles; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Lydia says she doesn’t have religion in her life, but tries to read the Bible *Spoiler* at the end, she prays and feels better *End of Spoiler*; Mentions of God, faiths, & salvation; Mentions of prayers & praying; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of Christians & becoming one; Mentions of religions; A few mentions of those & events in the Bible; A few mentions of churches, church going, & services; A few mentions of a Christian newspaper; A few mentions of sinning & sinners; A couple mentions of thanking God; A couple mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of blessings; A mention of Heaven; A mention of Biblical times; A mention of a convent; A mention of a monastery; A mention of Bible-thumpers;
             *Note: Mentions of superstitions, wishing on a moon, & the goddess, Artemis; A few mentions of a man being called “The Adonis”; A mention of status of (naked) Greek gods; A mention of a pagan; A mention of a personal demon; A mention of someone being as rich as sin; A mention of a man’s angelic beauty.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘sissy’, two ‘idiot’s, two ‘blasted’s, and nine ‘stupid’s; Eye rolling; Drinking a drug with opium in it (barely-above-not-detailed); Being drugged (up to semi-detailed); Throwing up (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of opium/drugs, smuggling it illegally, addicts, & deaths from it (barely-above-not-detailed); Many mentions of manipulating, lies, lying, & liars; Mentions of a murder/death of a child & threats of it happening to others (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a boat going down & deaths; Mentions of wars & fighting; Mentions of violence; Mentions of slavery & illegal actions; Mentions of hostages & kidnappings of children (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of crimes & criminals/thieves; Mentions of bribery, blackmail, & threats; Mentions of injuries, blood, & a bullet wound (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of rabies & a death; Mentions of fires & creating them; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of gossip & rumors; Mentions of cigars & tobacco; Mentions of throwing up; A few mentions of a body; A few mentions of mummies; A few mentions of gambling; A few mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of jail; A couple mentions of drinking & wine; A couple mentions of animal waste; A mention of torture devices; A mention of a drunk; A mention of hunting; A mention of possibly having to shoot a dog (doesn’t happen).

Sexual Content- a thumbs-to-lips touch, two hand kisses, two cheek kisses, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, two boarder-line barely-above-not-detailed // semi-detailed kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; Wanting to embrace & kiss; Touches, Embraces, Hand Holding, Heat, & Smelling (up to semi-detailed); Blushes; Noticing & Nearness; a ‘wench’; Mentions of carrying a torch for someone & teasing; Mentions of flirting; Mentions of blushes & winks; A few mentions of an assumed girlfriend; A couple mentions of kissing; A mention of a man’s predatory interest; Love, falling in love, & the emotions;
             *Note: A couple mentions of naked status & a man resembling them; A mention of undressing in front of the opposite gender.

-Lydia Pallas, age 24
-Alexander Banebridge
                                P.O.V. switches between them, the Professor (5x), & Jack (2x)
                                             Set in 1891-1892 (Prologue in 1876)
                                                        360 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Caution to those sensitive to children being kidnapped and/or opium/drug addictions.}
What is it about Bane that I just love? He shone over the connecting book’s characters, in my opinion. Is it because of the hopeful and wistfulness of his redemption that a reader can see? Oh, yes, Bane is a favorite of mine. Due to my interest in different languages, I liked Lydia’s character as well. (Not quite as much as Bane, of course, but I appreciate different cultures and languages being mentioned in a Christian fiction book.) This was my second time reading this novel and I would venture to say it’s in my top favorite by this author, if not the top one.  

See y’all on Wednesday with a new review! 
*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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