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Reviewed by Christen Krumm

Elizabeth Camden’s The Lady of Bolton Hill begins in Baltimore, Maryland in 1867. A tragic accident happens to the main character Daniel Tremain, an impoverished steel worker, that sets the tone for the rest of the book. Clara Endicott comes from the privileged Bolton Hill and is Daniel’s best friend, much to her father’s dismay. She is soon shipped off to live with her aunt in London to prevent the friendship from blossoming into anything more.

Fast forward twelve years later — Clara, now an aspiring journalist, is in trouble for a story she had printed in the states that sheds light on the working conditions of the children in the coal mines. Through a series of events, she barely escapes a life sentence in the London jails. She is shipped back to Baltimore with instructions to never return to London.

Daniel has now risen to be a powerful industrial titan with an unwavering vendetta and influential enemies. Clara’s one goal in life turns to helping Daniel resolve his vendetta whether he wants her help or not. After writing a story defending the underprivileged workers of the steel mills and – unbeknownst to Clara – shines a negative light on Daniel, he decides to wash his hands of her forever. However, when she goes missing, Daniel will stop at nothing to get her back and prove his love to her once more.

The Lady of Bolton Hill is the debut work of author Elizabeth Camden, a college librarian from central Florida, and I must say bravo! I am always amazed when I read a book as well written as The Lady of Bolton Hill and later discover that it was the author’s first published work. This book has romance, adventure, and suspense packaged between its two covers. I feel like Elizabeth Camden packed so much into her book, however, not once did I feel like she went overboard with her story. Everything from the setting to the characters to the strong vendetta that Daniel carries was written about most beautifully. I am very excited to see other works from this author in the years to come.

Rating: 5/5

Christen graduated from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith with a BA in English. She’s a coffee drinking stay at home mom by day and a freelance writer/editor by night. She currently resides in Arkansas with her husband and daughter and is excited to welcome a son in August.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Bethany House. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.