All three of those themes are a part of this really great read. This was my first time reading an Elizabeth Camden book and I enjoyed it so much that I will be following up with the rest of her books. The book had a lot of twists and turns. Characters are introduced and it almost seems like they don't fit in to the storyline. But eventually it all fits together. I could not put the book down.
Young love-that first crush - is it possible to stand the test of time? The story centers around two people Clara and Daniel from very different backgrounds. They are drawn together because of their mutual love for music and become best friends. Their differences seem to complement each other . But Clara's father does not approve and manages to separate them for 12 years.
When they are reunited, they both have changed and they must determine whether there is still any flame left from their childhood love. During their absence from each other, Clara has developed a very strong faith while Daniel has spent his life focused on getting revenge on those who he feels are responsible for his parent's deaths. Will these new differences stand in their way of becoming more than good friends?
The author does an excellent job of delving into the topic of revenge versus justice and is it possible or even necessary to forgive those who have sinned against us yet show no remorse. I don't like to have spoilers in a review. But I will say Elizabeth Camden also develops a situation of redemption in the most unlikely source.
Over all this was an excellent read. I fell in love with the characters and can't wait to dive into some more of Elizabeth Camden's books. I understand that at least one carries forward one of the characters from this book and so should make an equally interesting read.
Yes, forgiveness is mentioned but in my estimation forgiveness is associated with valour and good works. Forgiveness for sins and heart forgiveness for wrongs by a person against a person do not seem to be mentioned. Salvation seems to equated with going to church. Good works in place of faith seems to be the way to earn salvation. A life style change seems to be equated with salvation. Asking God's forgiveness for sins committed and having a personal relationship with God doesn't seem to be there.
Great read, well developed characters. her boyfriend was a little crazy but i really liked the romance and the fact that the guy who kidnapped her after all turned his life around and became a christian.
I've read a few books by Elizabeth Camden, but I wouldn't say this one was at the top of the list. It was enjoyable, and I found it to be a great prologue to her next novel, "Against the Tide", but I wouldn't say it's world changing or anything.
The characters, although a little predictable, were intriguing and I loved the relationship between Clara and Daniel. It's a good example how important friendship is in any kind of romantic relationship.
The Lady of Bolton Hill was worth the read, but easily forgettable. I'd recommend it to lovers of historical fiction who'd like to curl up to a good story by a up and coming author. I don't think you'll be overly disappointed.
I enjoyed the story. The characters were a little unbelievable at some points. Clara sometimes came off being a little vague on her beliefs. She was strong on her own forgiveness. But I thought she wasn't very clear on presenting God's forgiveness to Bane and a little over bearing with Daniel. I wondered about the Professor and how he fit into the story other than training Bane to be evil.
It sounded like he gave the assignment to Bane but I didn't see how he related to the story.
I did enjoy the whole blot and I would suggest the book to someone to read. However don't look for a clear message on God's personal forgiveness.