The Lady of Bolton Hill

Written by Elizabeth Camden
Review by Nancy J. Attwell

Daniel Tremain has not seen his childhood friend, Clara Endicott, since the day his father was killed in a horrific accident at a steel mill in Baltimore, Maryland. Twelve years later, in 1879, Daniel and Clara encounter each other once again. Their mutual affection is unchanged, but they now stand on opposite sides of a moral and social divide: Daniel has become a wealthy factory owner pursuing vengeance against the man responsible for his father’s death, while Clara has made her mark as a journalist exposing the abuses of the wealthy. Determined not to let her growing love for Daniel affect her work, Clara continues to write her inflammatory articles. By the time she realizes that her words have the power to unleash evil as well as good, it may be too late to stop the destructive forces she has set in motion.

Unlike many romance novelists, who mistake brashness and rudeness for strength of character, Camden recognizes that true strength lies in dealing with difficult circumstances with compassion and integrity. Clara is a marvelous heroine who does not allow her innate timidity to prevent her from standing up for what she believes in, even at the risk of her own life.

A secondary plotline involving the burgeoning opium trade is smoothly integrated into the greater story of the relationship between Daniel and Clara. This very satisfying debut novel, about the power of faith and forgiveness, will surely launch Camden well into the midst of the field of inspirational authors.