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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.
GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5My Daughter LOVED itMay 22, 2017GabrielleLondon, OntarioAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5It was so cute. My daughter, 14, grabbed this book out of my hand and went running to find a corner when she saw the author's name. She loves everything Elizabeth Camden writes. In her mind, "To The Farthest Shores" completely lived up to her expectations. The next day she returned it and said, "Mom, didn't you love it!" To which I could only reply, "When would I have read it? You stole it as soon as it arrived." Funny gal.
Shortly thereafter, my life got ridiculously busy which meant no time for reading. But like clockwork, every couple of days, she would say, "Have you finished it yet? Wasn't it amazing?" And each time I had to inform her that I hadn't even started it yet, her face became a mixture of shock and unbelief. How in the world was I choosing to do anything over reading a book by Ms. Camden?
Thankfully life calmed down and I finally got to crack the pages.
"To The Farthest Shores" is a sweet romantic tale of a couple who both have to overcome mistakes in their past as well as learn to communicate in the present. The characters are lovable. The 'harrowing moments' are not upsetting at all making this a good bedtime read.
My only criticism was that sometimes it felt like the main couple were fighting the same fight over and over. While I know this is often true in life and was the author's way of showing that they hadn't come any further to resolving past issues, it made it feel ever so slightly cyclical. However, to say it like that makes it sound boring. It wasn't at all a boring book. I found myself caring about the characters and felt satisfied with the ending. It was a tidy ending but not so tidy as to be unbelievable.
If you have young teen daughters, they will love this book. (if my daughter's reaction was any indication) I too enjoyed it. It's always nice to be able to confidently place a book in my daughter's hand knowing there won't be any smut or profanity. Thank you Ms. Camden for that!
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Jen PenMidwest5 Stars Out Of 5Mystery, forgiveness, faith and romance...May 12, 2017Jen PenMidwestQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4SUMMARY:
Working the night shift, nurse Jenny Bennett had accepted life even though most days she was exhausted. Surprised to see an old flame, Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher, Jenny needed to guard her heart as he had once broken it. Gone overseas on a daring government mission, Ryan is not proud of his personal actions while there yet celebrates the gift he received. Hoping not to return overseas, Ryan and Jenny must work together to save Ryan's reputation, life and both hearts...
A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Drawn to the beautiful cover, the story found within was just as stirring with mystery, forgiveness, faith and romance. Easy to read yet deep in meaning, To The Farthest Shores is a well-written novel full of strong characters, an interesting storyline, and valuable insights. Finishing it in just a few evenings, it had a satisfying conclusion which left me feeling complete. With a relevant historical note included at the end, research librarian and award-winning author, Elizabeth Camden, has written another successful story.
4.25 (out of 5) pennies
*I received a complimentary copy of To The Farthest Shores from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review*
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent!May 12, 2017lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The year is 1898 in San Francisco. Ryan Gallagher has just received a secret assignment overseas that should last just a few months. He has fallen in love with Jenny Bennett a nurse at Presidio Army Base. He asks her to wait for his return and then they will marry and start their lives together. She agrees and then receives one terse letter from him approximately a year later telling her their arrangement is no longer in force and to go on with her life. Jenny is devastated and terribly hurt.
Six years later she runs into Ryan at Presidio. She is still a nurse there, but is stunned to see Ryan after such a long time and then he pretends not to know her! She is incensed and soon confronts him. He does acknowledge her then, but evades her questions. She knows he is hiding something, but her heart still surges at the sight of him. How can someone who said he loved her and wanted to spend the rest of his life with her treat her so callously? Why did things change? What secrets is Ryan hiding? Jenny soon has some of her answers when Ryan is forced to seek her help with a man he is training. Ryan needs Jennys nursing skills to bring this man back to good health. Jenny and Ryan then are in close proximity for several weeks and Jennys trust issues from the past continue to haunt her. She sees Ryan at his home, trying to cultivate a pearl farm, which has been a fascination for he and her father for years. Is this the real Ryan or is he the secretive man who tells half-truths?
I always look forward to reading Elizabeth Camdens novels as they engage me right away with something historically interesting. This novel is no exception. I learned about the pearl industry in the late 1890s and early 1900s, which is a topic I knew nothing about. Elizabeth does such a great job of research and includes many interesting facts, so I know Im going to learn a lot as well as enjoy a great story! In addition to romance, this story showed great depths of compassion and forgiveness by more than one character. Im already looking forward to Elizabeths next book as I cant wait to see what new subject I get to learn about and what romance I can enjoy!
JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5For Fans of Stories Set Back in TimeMay 11, 2017JanetBelton, TXAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4To the Farthest Shores was the first Elizabeth Camden book I've had the pleasure to read. It's an historical novel set in California mostly in 1904. Readers meet civilian nurse Jenny Bennett working for the U. S. Army at the Presidio. Jenny has overcome a traumatic start to life in order to become the respected, at least by her patients, nurse that she is. But she is hiding painful secrets in her heart.
Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher was once Jenny's patient, then her fiance. But when his life took an unexpected turn, he broke things off suddenly and without explanation. Thinking Jenny would marry someone else and go on without, he is surprised to find her still serving there. Jenny wants answers that Ryan can't give, though he longs to do so. Readers will enjoy learning how these two strong characters find their way.
Included in the historical part of this novel is some fascinating information about the early days of the cultured pearl industry and predecessors of the CIA. I recommend this book to readers who love stories set back in time. Bethany House Publishers sent me my copy, so that I could share my thoughts with you.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5LOVEDMay 7, 2017CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I give this book a ten out of ten. Gold star! Two thumbs up! Well, you get the picture... I loved it!
First, it was so believable. The way Elizabeth Camden wrote the character of Jenny is breathtaking. She is so real I half expected her to leap off the page and come to life. As a budding writer myself, this book bears re-reading as a study on how to write dynamic and complex characters. Jenny lives and breathes within these pages. Her reactions to situations are so believable - you can tell Ms Camden didn't just write in flaws for the sake of making her character flawed. She created a character whose very essence from the core IS flawed...if that makes any sense. Also, unlike most romances, Jenny doesn't just throw her good sense into the wind and fall head over heals for her fallen hero, she reacts the way any sane and confident woman would - she tells him to take a hike. She keeps her wits and her brains about her. She's in love but not stupid. Basically, this romance didn't feel pushed at all. Often times it feels like authors force their characters to love each other despite conflicts and mistakes. Ms. Camden doesn't do that. The relationship between Jenny and Ryan is so natural - I'm basking in the glory of this book right now. SO WELL DONE!
Second, I really really liked how historical events were incorporated into this story. I have to be careful here not to give out spoilers so I won't get into it, but needless to say the historical aspects of this story are so interesting and really add to this story.
Third, I loved the espionage woven through this tale and the multiple layers of intrigue. This book is an amazing story of two people's emotional journey back to each other, but it is also a very interesting spy book set in a rather tense period of American-Japanese history.
I give this book full marks. Absolutely excellent!
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for the complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest opinion.