Thursday, July 28, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Lady of Bolton Hill

The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden takes place in Baltimore, Maryland in 1867. The two main characters are Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain who become very good friends even though they are from different sides of the tracks. They have one common love, the love of music, piano playing and Chopin.

Clara’s father was a very well known upper class Reverend at Bolton Hill. Daniel’s father was from the lower class east side of Baltimore and he worked in the steel mill until the day he died. A boiler blew up and took his life even though Daniel tried his best to save him. This made life difficult for Daniel because he was now responsible for him mother and sisters’ welfare and safety.

Daniel coaxed Clara into meeting him the night of his father’s funeral to play music with him at the Conservatory. She was his only ray of hope, his only way of escaping reality. Clara had to break the news to Daniel that her father was sending her to England.

After Clara left for England and was not returning his letters, Daniel made it his life long mission to make Alfred Forsythe the owner of the steel mill to pay for his father’s death. Daniel became a very wealthy powerful man who also had powerful enemies. Clara became a journalist who provided a voice for the underprivileged finding herself in trouble and difficulties including landing in jail.

Will Clara and Daniel ever find each other again or will Clara be disappointed in the man she finds? Will Daniel’s enemies ever turn against him? Will Clara help Daniel Tremain and Alfred Forsythe work through their past differences using her journalistic abilities? Find the answers to these questions along with many others in this wonderful novel, The Lady of Bolton Hill.

This is a very well written book that kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more. I recommend this to anyone who likes a fast paced book!

You can listen to an interview with the author, Elizabeth Camden, and read an excerpt from the book here.

I received this book free from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

until next time... nel

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