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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.
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.
AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Cultivation of pearls, a spy, and loveJune 26, 2017AnnelrBrighton, MIAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden is a fascinating historical romance. The author captivates the reader with her compelling characters who are struggling with things humans are often challenged by--past mistakes, longing for forgiveness, and fear of the future. Throughout the story, readers are introduced to the intriguing history of the cultivation of pearls and a glimpse of Japanese culture. With espionage, attempted murders, secrets from the past, and a struggling, tension-filled romance, the plot moves steadily along to a satisfying conclusion. I look forward to reading more from this gifted author who writes a story that is infused with suspense, mystery, drama, and emotional tension.
I won a copy of this book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5A story of growth like pearlsJune 13, 2017MaryAnnORAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Another fine historical from Elizabeth Camden, To the Farthest Shores shares the lives of Nurse Jenny Bennett and naval officer Ryan Gallagher. The book opens around the turn of the nineteenth century in San Francisco. Ryan had been a patient of Jenny's, and the two had fallen in love. Then he disappeared and she felt abandoned. When he returns years later with a Japanese daughter, can the two ever resolve their differences or will the pain and secrets of their pasts continue to drive them apart? The author made me truly care about Jenny, even though I didn't agree with all her choices and actions. The book dragged a bit in the middle but I wanted to keep going to learn Jenny's fate. Suspense and tension add to the drama of this story. It also provides an interesting look into the birth of the pearl industry. I received a copy from the author. All opinions are my own.
FayeAge: 18-24Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Forgiveness and Second ChancesJune 5, 2017FayeAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Jenny is a military nurse, who has overcome a hardscrabble past to make a respectable living for herself. Six years ago she fell in love with Ryan Gallagher, the pledged to write and then marry when he returned, but she received but one letter, a letter breaking off their engagement. But when he appears back on base with a four-year-old daughter in tow, Jenny wants answers.
Ryan was raised in Japan, the son of a missionary family, he learned the culture and language of the Japanese well. Six years ago he was recruited for a special mission in Japan, everything changed and Ryan never thought he'd see Jenny again. Now widowed, he wonders if he and Jenny may have a second chance at love.
Jenny is hurt that Ryan broke it off so abruptly and little explanation, and his reappearance in her life brings up the hurt that he caused her, especially when she sees his daughter, a reminder that he found someone else. Jenny is a hardworking woman, who takes pride in her work. She also does what she can to help her adoptive father, Simon, who took her in so many years ago. I like that Jenny is not perfect, it is hard for her to forget the pain of what Ryan did, she is vulnerable and relate-able.
Ryan knows that he has hurt Jenny and made mistakes that he cant take back, but he doesn't regret his beautiful daughter, Lily. Ryan is utterly devoted to his daughter, and is determined to teach her about both sides of her heritage. He is honest, yet at times oblivious. Ryan wants to make things right with Jenny, but doesn't know how. He is passionate about his dreams of Pearl farming, and raising his daughter.
I really liked Finn, he is brilliant and full of potential. He is very observant, and often sees things that others miss, yet he can he disrespectful and unruly. Finn is astute, and has a natural talent for piking up things, he can do well when he wants to, but struggles with demons that threaten to ruin his chances at working with the military.
Simon is the man who raised Jenny, he never had alot, but he made sure that Jenny had what she needed, and taught her about Christ. And Lily is so adorable, a sweet child who is well loved by her father.
Overall, this is a well written read about second chances, forgiveness, and hope. I loved Jenny, life hasn't been easy for her and she still beats herself up about things in her past as she tries to make things right. I liked her for her realistic vulnerabilities, strength and hardworking spirit. I loved learning about the early pearl industry. Finn was probably one of my favorites, because he can be such a cad, but also utterly charming and sincere, and I can't begin to imagine the adventures in store for him. Romance, mystery, forgiveness, from beginning to end this is a fantastic read. I had a hard time putting it down, and enjoyed it to the very end. Highly recommend!
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