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It broke Jenny Bennett's heart when Ryan suddenly left her six years ago with no explanation. Now he abruptly reappears at the Presidio Army base without explanation. Lt. Ryan Gallagher had accepted a highly classified overseas assignment at great personal cost. Bound by honor, he must never reveal where he was during those years. Will she forgive him when he can't be honest with her?
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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.
MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5To the Farthest ShoresFebruary 1, 2018MauriKansasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 0Meets Expectations: 5Jenny Bennett is a civilian nurse working the night shift at The Presidio. She likes to say she is the toughest nurse there, but she is well liked by the men she takes care of. One of these men is a naval officer, Ryan Gallagher, suffering from typhoid. Jenny often had her own nicknames for the men; Ryan's was Galahad because he was the kindest man she'd met. They fell in love but Ryan's career interfered when he was sent to Japan on a secret mission. Six years later, Ryan is back at The Presidio on assignment, but this time with his four year old daughter, Lily. Though Jenny is distrustful of Ryan, she reluctantly agrees to help him with Finn, who is an opium addict, but a brilliant man recruited to take Ryan's place in Japan. There are also attempts on Ryan's life. Jenny and Ryan's story is one of miscommunication, trust issues, and the need for forgiveness. I enjoyed this work of historical fiction with a dash of mystery and romance.
hes74 Stars Out Of 5To the Farthest ShoresNovember 13, 2017hes7Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a fan of historical romance, I always love reading Elizabeth Camdens newest release. In To the Farthest Shores, Camden explores history at the beginning of the twentieth century, like the developments in the pearl industry and spying in Japan, that I found completely fascinating due to my lack familiarity. Within this history, she then weaves a second chance at romance for Jenny Bennett and Ryan Gallagher. They have a lot to learn about each other, faith, and forgiveness, and I really enjoyed seeing their story unfold with drama, mystery, and sweet romance surrounded by a very interesting cast of characters. To the Farthest Shores was a delight to read, and for any fans of historical romance in need of a good read, I recommend this one.
Thanks to Bethany House, I received a complimentary copy of To the Farthest Shores and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.
TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5They must overcome a painful past to find a future...October 23, 2017TellNJasmineMontanaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5To The Farthest Shores is one of Elizabeth Camden's most character driven stories yet. They are not cookie-cutter, ultra-perfect people, they are real and their struggles, especially with forgiveness and trust, will resonate with pretty much all readers.
The details of Japanese culture and the intricate nuances of courtesy and honor were fascinating. And the suspense angle, that tied in with the Japan element, made things doubly as interesting. But, for me, personally, the best part was the lovely descriptions of the early cultured pearl industry.
If you are looking for a book with flawed characters who battle themselves and each other as they struggle to find lasting love and peace. If you love historical fiction. If you are a fan of Elizabeth Camden. Or D all the above, you just might want to check out To The Farthest Shores.
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are entirely my own.)
kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5Where's the hero?September 10, 2017kickiInyokern, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1Elizabeth is a sound writer and entertainer. However, this story misses every benchmark a novel requires. Ryan, Jenny, and Finn are all believable and unlikable as characters. Thus, the question begs an answer - Where is the hero of this tale? Deceit and deception are the hallmarks of the plot line and her characters; with an ending that offers no answers. The fact Ryan and Jenny 'get married' and move on with a supposed 'new approach' to be honest is far too implausible. Confession and forgiveness are great - but with this cast; too soon and utterly out of character. Twenty  pages into the story and I yearned for the ending. I only persevered in the hopes Ryan's actions were all a genuine error - sadly not the case. Next, I hoped Jenny had some redeeming qualities - sadly not the case. Finally, Finn gets 'clean' and sails off on his adventure; with only deceit and deception to mark his existence - sadly the case. Only the part about 11 formal ways in Japanese found an 'ah ha' from me within the covers of this offering.
EmilyAnne284 Stars Out Of 5Pearl Farms and Misplaced DreamsJuly 10, 2017EmilyAnne28Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Nurse Jenny's heart was broken six years ago when her fiance, Ryan, left to fight in the Spanish-American War and never came back. He didn't die - he broke up with her through terse letter. Now he is back in California with a four-year-old child in tow. Ryan had been married to and widowed by another woman in the years he had been gone. If they can both overcome the pain of the past, can they work together to begin their relationship anew?
To the Farthest Shores was yet another intriguing historical romance by Elizabeth Camden. The settings and historical details were almost more interesting than the plot. The Spanish-American War, the advent of Pearl-farming, historical Japanese culture, nursing, US spy training, and sailor-kidnapping operations, to name a few. It was fascinating. I think the pearl-farming and the Japanese influences were the most interesting to me. Did you know that finding pearls to sell is no-longer hit-or-miss but that people have discovered a way to artificially induce oysters to create pearls?
The romance was interesting. Would you, reader, even consider dating a man who already left you to marry someone else because he accidentally got the other woman pregnant? I mean, he did the honorable thing by her, but the whole situation stinks from beginning to end. Let's just say that Jenny and Ryan have a lot to work through if they ever want their relationship to succeed. Yikes. Then there was the communication problems. How is a romance supposed to work between a woman who shows all of her thoughts on her face and hasn't a deceitful bone in her body with a man who was trained from birth to hide his emotions and is continually trying to protect her from the ugly truth? Their success seemed a little far-fetched at times. But their love for each other was genuine and their growth as individuals great. It was sweet to see them finally get together.
I enjoyed the story overall. It was well-researched, well-written, and intriguing. I look forward to Elizabeth Camden's next novel, and recommend this one to readers of clean, historical romance.
I did receive this book as a complementary copy from NetGalley, but all opinions are my own.