To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden (review by Kristi)


About the book:  It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

Kindle Edition, 337 pages        Published February 28, 2017, by Bethany House Publishing


My review:  I can sum up Elizabeth Camden’s books in one word: magical. I know when I pick up one of her books I will be transported to another place and time. I will be completely absorbed by the story and experience all sorts of emotions. To the Farthest Shores is my latest favorite by Elizabeth Camden.

I love the characters that Elizabeth Camden creates. She always has a strong female lead character and this continues in this book. Jenny is tough yet has a soft side. She is a strong, capable nurse yet still has a vulnerability about her. Ryan is the perfect balance to Jenny’s character as he seems a bit more laid back yet has a toughness about him. I have to admit I had a love/hate relationship with Ryan. I wanted to love him as much as Jenny did but at the same time hated what he had done to her and at times the way he treated her now. Even though I could understand why he kept secrets from her I didn’t like it. I thought Finn’s character brought some humor to the story and kept it entertaining.

This book has a good storyline and is well-written. I really enjoyed all of the descriptions and the pearl making process was interesting to read about. I liked all of the historical detail, too. It really added to the story. I thought the pace of this book was perfect and made it a quick read.

Fans of Elizabeth Camden are sure to love this book. It is everything you would expect from her. Great characters, great storyline, twists and turns to keep you interested from beginning to end.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher and was not required to write a review. All opinions are mine.


About the author:  Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.

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