Saturday, June 11, 2011

Review- The Lady of Bolton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

Daniel and Clara are childhood friends torn apart before their sparks of romance could ignite. When they cross paths twelve years later the heat between them creates an inferno on the page. The romance in The Lady of Bolton Hill got so steamy- for a minute there, I thought it might be headed in a whole different direction. Rest assured, we don't cross out of Christian fiction territory, but if you are a fan of edgy inspirational you'll enjoy the romance in this one.

There was much for me to love in this book and I finished it in one sitting. The whole labor and union plot line reminded me a little bit of the series North and South and once that image popped into my head, I couldn't help but picture Richard Armitage as Daniel. This isn't a book boyfriend post, but if we were playing, he'd soooo be my pick.

If I had one criticism of the novel, it would be that Clara seems to don a
Super Christian costume to convert the lost. The reader doesn't actually see spandex, but Clara must have worn it underneath her dress because she wields an unbelievable power of persuasion over the unchurched.

But in my experience a good romance covers a multitude of sticky plot points (or in this case a single sticky plot point). And the romance in The Lady of Bolton Hill was very good. If you're anything like me, you'll still be thinking about the tingling in your tummy long after you put the book down.

Elizabeth Camden, welcome to my must read list.

Want more info? Here's the back cover blurb:
When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain's worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts-and lives-hang in the balance?

My rating:



  1. Sounds like a must-read, Joy. You know the "magic" words to entice this romance reader to buy Elizabeth's book! I'll definitely be looking for it on my next trip to the store, online or otherwise. The cover itself is beautiful, and I wish the contemporary covers could put their heroines in such gorgeous gowns. But it's not quite the same. SIGH. Thanks, and blessings!

  2. Great review, Joy! You have me hooked with the North and South reference! ;)

    I won this one on Kav's blog, so I'm glad to hear you really enjoyed it! Can't wait to read it! :)


  3. This book has been popping up on all the blogs and everyone has the same opinion - A Must Read!

    Thanks for this great review. Sounds like my type of romance!


  4. I've always loved historical romances, and after reading your fabulous review, I'm going to seek this one out! Thanks, Joy! ☺

    Happy Sunday!

  5. @JoAnn- I really enjoyed this one, I bet you'll like it.

    @Amber- I think it's time for a rewatch of that series. LOL. Hey, welcome back from Disneyland!

    @Sue and Larri- Thanks for popping in ladies, add this one to your summer reads list.

  6. I love the blue dress on the cover! It's so hard when publishers make you pick only ONE book to review. :) I had to pick To Win Her Heart, though. I'll try to keep a lookout of this one.

  7. I'm not much for romance, but I have to say I'm in love with the cover of this book!

  8. Your review and hint to hidden spandex cracked me up. Great job.

  9. @Bluerose, I managed to snag them both, but from separate places.

    @Kate, it is pretty, but I pictured Clara to be older than the girl on the cover.

    @Juju, not too snarky? Feels like I'm always walking the line between funny and not so much...

  10. I have never read anything by this author but your review did ensure me that this is one amazing read. Thank you!

    I'm here from the book review party. Hope you have a great week =)

  11. Stopping by from Cym Lowell's Book Party.


    Love your blog.



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