Female journalists are rare in 1879, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative articles championing London’s poor. When the backlash from her work forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the impoverished factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant and Clara finds him as enigmatic as ever. However, Daniel’s success is fueled by resentment from past wounds and Clara’s deeply-held beliefs about God’s grace force Daniel to confront his own motives.
When Clara’s very life is endangered by one of Daniel’s adversaries, they must face a reckoning neither of them ever could have foreseen.
First off, the cover took my breath away. Secondly, the story took my breath away. Instantly pulled into this brilliant novel with deep characters and rich conflict, I couldn’t put it down. I’d sneak in pages before heading off to work because I yearned to read just a little more.
Camden is certainly an author to watch – her writing reads effortlessly and the way she wove the characters together was masterful.
The conflict organically rose from the players at hand and while both the hero and heroine are extraordinary for the times, they had an air of authenticity and only drew me closer to them.
Quirky, witty and enjoyable, each page of The Lady of Bolton Hill just left me wanting more. I highly recommend this novel for any fan of historical fiction. This story offers a fresh take on the late 1800s while the country was forging ahead into a new century.
Five out of five stars! And then some.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. It in no way influenced the outcome or the fact that I plan on reading this novel over and over again. That I blame on the author.