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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.
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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crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Not one of my favourites by this authorJune 2, 2017crtnybcBritish Columbia, CanadaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2Jenny Bennett is a nurse at the Presidio Army base and falls in love with one of the wounded men under her care. He appears to feel the same way too, but then one night says an abrupt goodbye and disappears from her life. She tries to find him and hears back once that he's alive but has moved on. Then one day he reappears on the base. . .
Ryan Gallagher is a soldier and a man of honor and when he's tasked with a top secret mission that requires him to cut off all contact with his current life he does so regardless of the cost to himself.
I found this book a little slower moving than Elizabeth Camden's books usually are. There was less suspense and intrigue and plot action and more frustrated romantic emotion that got a little old. Some people like the more emotional based stories but it's not my favorite reading. I did however enjoy the historical details and learning about the pearl industry. She always does her research! I think there will be people who love this book as much as her others but it wasn't top of my list.
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Reconciling the pastJune 2, 2017KathleenMissouriAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Friday, June 2, 2017
To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden, 2017
Going on with your life after looking for a letter that never came from the one you will always love. Surely he would change his mind after the first letter declaring their relationship was over. Six years of trying to forget yet wondering why you have been left behind, civilian nurse Jenny Bennett continues on the night shift at the Presidio Army base hospital in San Francisco, California. Having honor and achievement in helping injured men readjust to civilian life differently than when they left home, her life is going along smoothly ~ until the day she thought she recognized the voice from her heart. Ryan Gallagher, whom she had met those years ago in the same ward she now attended. But wait. There is a child with him. How could it be her Ryan, the one who won her heart?
Naval Lt. Ryan Gallagher is back from assignment and unable to say where he has been. In the meantime, as the rest of his troop had gone to the Philippines those years ago, he is still spoken of in the ward as a deserter. Valor set aside, he must continue on silently. Can he reclaim his life?
And his daughter ~ little Lily Gallagher is defining a determined will to learn a second language that will benefit her in her future womanhood. So thankful for the times something you think is a small little thing as you do it, actually benefits in the future and prepares you for what is ahead. Strenuous to learn to read and write the language beyond speaking, Lily masters skills set before her.
A child draws closeness in Ryan and a humbled heart to those around her.
To melt a hardened heart... Jenny wondered how deeply the thaw would need be. Forgive abandonment and being set aside?
When a reluctant spy falls in love with an army nurse,
they cant imagine the web of intrigue and adventure
heading their way. ~ author Elizabeth Camden
In this story, the characters each have need to explore their defiance and cause. Loneliness on Ryan's part, missing Jenny? Or, overcome with remembrance of a youth that was snuffed out before time allowed. Secondary characters are supportive and agreeable to find a solution that is amiable to all. For in any life, those surrounding them are affected too by change that has or needs to be made to free them to live a life full of grace and forgiveness. Coming alongside to trust will be a journey ~ desired or not. To be freed from a past that strangles any hope for today if not left to continue forward. Determined, it takes more than one to accomplish a freedom available and tangible in a Love offered freely.
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30
"For I satisfy the weary ones and refresh everyone who languishes." Jeremiah 31:25
I write historical novels blending romance, adventure, and a hint of inspiration.
When not writing, I am a research librarian at a great college in Florida.
~ author Elizabeth Camden
***Thank you, Bethany House Publishers for a print copy of To the Farthest Shores. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting Historical Fiction - My Review of To the Farthest ShoresMay 31, 2017EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Published by: Bethany House
By: Elizabeth Camden
I usually enjoy contemporary fiction more than historical fiction, but I chose to read and review To the Farthest Shores because I like Elizabeth Camden and the way that she does historical fiction.
This book tells the story of a young nurse who is working the night shift while haunted by her past in various ways. It shares the story of a military man who is ready to settle down and live a different kind of life. It tells of a man who is fighting addiction while trying to become a better person. It tells the story of a little girl who is living without her mother. It shares many stories, each in a special way.
Who the book is for:
This is something that will interest many adults, both women and men.
What I liked:
The characters in this book are very likable - both the main characters and the extra ones.
The plot is interesting and unique.
This book shares history in a way that makes it enjoyable to learn.
I was into the book the whole time that I was reading it and it had an exciting story to it.
What I didnt like:
There is not much in this book that I didn't like.
Overall, I enjoyed this book.
I give To the Farthest Shores 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.