Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella - eBook
Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella - eBook  -     By: Elizabeth Camden
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441269829
ISBN-13: 9781441269829

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Julia Broeder is only six months shy of graduating from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania when one small decision spirals out of control and results in her expulsion. Hoping to travel the world as a missionary doctor, her only choice is to return back home . . . or throw herself upon the mercy of Ashton Carlyle.

Formal and straight-laced, Ashton is not pleased to see an expelled Julia arrive at his Manhattan office. His position as an attorney for the Vandermark family's world-famous shipping empire entails taking care of the Broeders, longtime employees of the Vandermarks. But Ashton has no intention of using his employer's resources in defense of Julia's impulsive and reckless actions.

What Ashton does not expect are a scathing reprimand from none other than the Vandermark family patriarch and the bewildering resistance from Julia herself when he's forced to change his tune. At an impasse, Ashton and Julia are unprepared for the revelations that arise or the adventure that awaits them.

In this novella, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Camden introduces readers to the world of the grand Hudson River Valley estate Dierenpark and the enigmatic Vandermark family. Includes an extended preview of Until the Dawn, Camden's full-length Dierenpark novel.

Author Bio

Elizabeth Camden is the author of seven books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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  1. Sherryd
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    FUN BOOK
    July 1, 2017
    Sherryd
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoyed Elizabeth Camden's writing style. Her characters are fun and I will look for more of her books!
  2. Sparrowhawk
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    I cant say I am overly enthusiastic about the book; thus, it was just okay for me.
    January 8, 2016
    Sparrowhawk
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    Toward the Sunrise was an adequately good start to the Until Dawn series. The plot is tight and well-written and the characters made a fairly good introduction. My only gripe with the novel was with its otherwise torpid pacing. That aside, lovers of whimsical historical fiction will delight in this charming tale about tolerance and ambition without bounds ― it was okay.

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    WHAT I LIKED

    + The plot was by far my favorite aspect of the story. There was a deep entanglement between moral integrity and ethical standards that really piqued my interest. This along with the setting ― a time when US universities were just beginning to open their doors to women ― added an extra layer of complexity to the plot. Plus, the conflict over values and tolerance ― tolerance that extends to controversial views was even more enthralling. I was very impressed with how well the conflicts unfolded and with how fittingly things were resolved in the end.

    + The characters were well-rounded and likable (for the most part) and we get enough sense of personality for each one. My favorite character was clearly Julia Broeder the strong-headed protagonist who expressed herself so freely despite the repercussions. Mind you, these repercussions served as valuable life lessons; thus, there was a sense of depth and growth. And she was ever only condescending when someone needed to be put in their place. Even more amusing was Ashton Carlyle Julias love interest. I found his propensity for fashion and recognition to be quite comical when paired with the unconventional and audacious Julia Broeder; needless to say, their banter was just as engrossing.

    She was a country bumpkin and he was a Yale-trained attorney who seemed to find her interest in Marco Polo amusing.

    + Most of the story builds around Julia and Ashtons romance which I found to be passive, albeit it felt more like camaraderie than a real love story, still there are no objections in my part! I would rather a love story founded on friendship with a slow-build than a heavy dose of insta-love. Suffice it to say, the ending surrounding their romantic relationship was so incredibly sweet I hope they make an appearance in future books within the series.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE

    - As aforementioned the pacing was sluggish there were prolonged outcomes, there wasnt enough uncertainty to make me want to keep reading, and some of the scenes were bogged down with unnecessary descriptions and details.

    - As for the other characters in the prose? Theyre more of a mixed bag; mainly because they dont really get anywhere to grow attached to them to be fair, the book is only nine chapters long . Even so, it behooves me to say that the redundant sentences that reiterate how painstakingly beautiful Sophie is and how people hopelessly swooned over her did grate on my nerves:

    With her blond hair, angelic beauty, and gentle demeanor, men simply adored Sophie. Sophie had a radiant kindness most people instinctively responded to.

    Julia always felt she was pretty enough she had a slim figure, chestnut hair, and fine brown eyes but when she stood beside Sophie she felt like a rough hazelnut next to a luminescent pearl.

    The first time Sophie arrived, standing on the other side of the white picket fence with her basket, he had to blink his eyes to be sure he wasnt imagining the angelic vision that had just arrived on the farm.

    In what I assume to be a genuine attempt at alluring Sophies character arc into this story, I just was not able to fully embrace it, and I would argue, hurt the overall quality of Sophies character.

    AFTERTHOUGHTS:

    Ultimately, I found Toward the Sunrise to be a passively rendered story, but I cant say I am overly enthusiastic about the book; thus, it was just okay for me. Too, in light of Sophies introduction to the prose, I admit Im a bit wary about going into book one Until the Dawn which centers around Sophies character arc. My only hope is that she redeems herself in some way.
  3. BookwormMama14
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent intro to Elizabeth Camden's new series!
    October 15, 2015
    BookwormMama14
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When a rash decision threatens Julia's dreams, she seeks help from the one person who can help her. Ashton Carlyle, attorney to the business tycoon Nickolaas Vandermark.

    It is 1897 and Julia Broeder longs to become a physician and travel the world as a medical missionary. But when she makes a hasty decision and is expelled from college, she watches as her dreams crumble before her. The Vandermarks have always taken wonderful care of her family and she beseeches Ashton Carlyle for his help. Reluctant to help at first, Ashton spends more time with Julia and sees the potential that she carries as a medical missionary. Will Julia see her dreams become a reality or will she find a new dream?

    "You are going to change the world wherever you go. Don't give up now."

    This is the first book that I have read by Elizabeth Camden and I was not disappointed. This book made me laugh on multiple occasions. There are a few mentions of goats in this story, and I raised goats growing up. I was thoroughly impressed by the detail and accuracy in which she described the goats. It was fun to read! I could also relate with Julia in the fact that I have made decisions in the past that were hasty and not thought through. Having to live with the consequences, both the good and the bad, I understand the inner turmoil in which she finds herself. In the end this story was a good reminder to fight for our dreams and not to give up just because we found a bump in the road. I am looking forward to reading Until the Dawn.
  4. An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A nice intro to the upcoming novel
    October 14, 2015
    An Old Fashioned Girl
    Minnesota
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This is a well written novella. Given such a short word limit, the characters are well developed--strong, passionate, and compassionate--but not without faults. Humor touches the story, but the dreams and fears of the characters are the focus. What are willing to do to make your dreams come true? Are you willing to go so far as to admit you were wrong and beg forgiveness?

    It sets the scene nicely for the upcoming novel, Until the Dawn, about Sophie van Riijn, the close friend of Julia Broeder. Not only is the setting established--the ancient Vandermark estate--but also its wealthy and potentially ruthless owners. And, all the more intriguing, there is definitely a mystery about the haunted estate and why the Vandermarks abandoned it so completely decades ago. I'm excited to see where the novel takes us!
  5. Brittany_BnBblog
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Toward the Sunrise - Elizabeth Camden (5 Stars)
    October 6, 2015
    Brittany_BnBblog
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a prequel to the much anticipated novel, Until the Dawn, Elizabeth Camden releases Toward the Sunrise as an exclusive e-novella. This exciting story offers an intriguing peek into the residents of a Hudson River Valley town that is responsible for caretaking a long-abandoned historic estate. Julia Broeder grew up in the groundskeeper's cottage of Dierenpark with dreams of traveling the world as a medical missionary. Ashton Carlyle shares Julias infatuation with the Far East, but he found stability working as a lawyer for the Vandermark familys shipping empire. With strict instructions from the elder Vandermark to meet the needs of the Dierenpark staff, especially the Broeder family, Ashton provided Julia with the opportunity to attend the Womens Medical College of Pennsylvania. However, Julia finds herself expelled from school and in need of assistance from Ashton once again if she has any hope of being re-admitted. Together, Julia and Ashton must navigate the expectations of the Vandermarks and the college's Board of Trustees, while remaining true to their own hopes and dreams for the future.

    Overall, I thought Toward the Sunrise was a fascinating read and a great example of Ms. Camden's work in the historical fiction genre. She brings a level of complexity and vividness to her plot, characters, and setting that challenges the common perception of novellas as a lesser form of storytelling. Toward the Sunrise remains true to Ms. Camden's previous full-length novels, with a similar pacing and style. Additionally, it continues to build upon her excellent skills as an author celebrated for her ability to present excellent historical research and details within the Christian fiction genre. The novella proves once again that Ms. Camden continues to push the boundaries of Christian historical fiction through her exploration of lesser-known, yet fascinating, elements of American history. Based on the extended preview of Until the Dawn included with this e-novella, I am very excited for the novel's release in December 2015!

    Special thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a promotional copy of Toward the Sunrise!

    Thanks!

    Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
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