Until the Dawn  -     By: Elizabeth Camden
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Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

A volunteer for the Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn uses the highest point in her village---an abandoned mansion---to take her readings. But Quentin Vandermark is furious when he discovers Sophie trespassing. Can the duo find common ground over Quentin's troubled son? And when Vandermark family secrets are exposed, can Sophie help Quentin cling to hope?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217208
ISBN-13: 9780764217203

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Top-Notch Dramatic Historical Romance from a Rising Star

A volunteer for the newly established Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn needs access to the highest spot in her village to report the most accurate readings. Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie knows no better option despite a lack of permission from the absent owners.

The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover a local woman has been trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There's a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark and the Vandermark family history are no longer content to stay in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail?

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. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Until The Dawn
    October 21, 2016
    Wylla Carmichael
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Great book. Enjoyed the read.
  2. Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden
    July 25, 2016
    MrsTina
    Frederick, MD
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Until the Dawn - eBook.
    Until the Dawn #1 Until the Dawn series***** by Elizabeth Camden

    1900 New York...there are many secrets and rumors surrounding the Vandermark family and their abandoned mansionDierenpark. The picturesque descriptions of the mansion and surrounding areas gives the reader a glimpse of the eraI certainly would like to visit such a place from the descriptions.

    Sophie Van Riijin quickly became my favorite character in the book. I love her strength, courage, determination and the way she stands up for herself, her kindness and compassion toward others and her strong faithevident in her life as God's light shines through her, impacting those around her. No matter what life throws her way, she is cheerful, calm and showers others with grace. Yes, she has times of sadness and hurts but her faith helps her to quickly recover. She is a fantastic cook and loves to cook for others.

    Quentin Vandermark was a bit dark at first with his cynicism, bitterness and unbelief. He has been in constant pain for years, (which I can relate to). I liked how Sophie's cheerfulness got under his skin and he tried to deny it to himself. Enjoyed their discussions regarding science verses faith and how ultimately Sophie's faith impacts not only Quentin but his troubled young son, Pieter. Pieter is an adorable little boy that captured my heart. I wanted to hold him close and shower him with lovewhich is exactly what Sophie did. I loved watching the way Pieter went from being a scared, superstitious, fearful and shy little boy to an outgoing, adventurous boy.

    The security guards Quentin brought with him were a bit scary in appearance and had some strange nicknames but most were loyal and had hearts of goldespecially Ratface, who soon became another favorite character.

    I did not like Quentin's grandfather, Nickolass much. He seemed nice at times but was very demanding and often hurtful to Quentin. I wasn't sure he even liked his grandson at times. But he was battling his own inner battles and searching for peace in the wrong places. Toward the end of the book, I started to like him a bit more.

    Until the Dawn has much to offer readers: intrigue, secrets, mystery, tragic pasts, joy, pain, heartbreak, forgiveness, restoration, salvation, humor, unexpected and surprising twists and turns, history, romance, danger, love and faithmaking this a captivating story.
  3. Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Until the Dawn
    May 24, 2016
    Mauri
    Kansas
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    UNTIL THE DAWN is another beautiful book by Elizabeth Camden. I felt like I was right there at Dierenpark, the beautiful abandoned mansion on the Hudson River, with Sophie and the Vandermarks, who have come to temporarily live there. Sophie is drawn at once to 9 year old Pieter, but his gruff father, Quentin, makes her draw deeply from her Christian kindness and grace. Sophie, besides being a wonderful cook, is a naturally kind, gracious, happy woman who befriends even the toughest of the Vandermark bodyguards. Quentin is drawn to her, though reluctantly at first. His leg has never healed properly from being broken, so that is a factor in his grumpiness. He finds himself wanting to spend time with Sophie and to be a better man because of her. Besides the story of Quentin's inner healing, there is the drama with the house and his grandfather Nickolaas, who is convinced it is cursed and wants it demolished. It is a story that made me laugh, sigh, and cry at times. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good historical romance.
  4. Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ancestral Bodings
    March 8, 2016
    Kathleen
    Missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden, 2015

    A volunteer for the newly established Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn needs access to the highest spot in her village to report the most accurate readings. Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie knows no better option despite a lack of permission from the absent owners.

    North of New Holland, 1898. Early each morning, Sophie van Riijn arrives at the Dierenpark mansion high above the Hudson River, to calculate the weather readings to telegraph to Washington to the Weather Bureau. Nine years she has been collecting the data to send each day; rain, storm, or shine. There is a groundskeeper, Emil Broeder, and a housekeeper, Florence Hengeveld, who have maintained the abandoned Vandermark estate for several decades, that it not lay in ruins.

    The tourists come to buy postcards and Dutch cookie treats, painters come to fill their canvases ~ Sophie comes for a respite from the clamor of the small village of New Holland where her father runs a hotel and is the local mayor. How she loves the scent of the open water blowing across the breeze, and the flowers... There is a cove where oysters bed and lilies bloom, quite unordinary for other places in the area. A quiet paradise. That is until the summer day a steamboat from Manhattan brought sightseers, and the tour guide unknowingly told his embellished tale to young Pieter, the great-grandson of Nickolaas Vandermark, the last occupant sixty years earlier.

    Pieter and his father, Quentin Vandermark, have arrived to stay.

    This is an intertwining story of the remarkable village girl who soothes the angst of these newer generations of Vandermarks, far beyond what they might have imagined. Used to hearing superstition and grave losses to their family line, they are query to her attendance to them. An excellent cook, the aromas coming from their kitchen bid them come, however wary at first. Her constant peace is uneasy to Quentin, through his constant years of physical pain and anguish.

    A settling comes, as Quentin begins to speak with Sophie as much as he would like to stay away. Years of turmoil is not easily left behind.

    ***Thank you to author Elizabeth Camden and to Bethany House Publishers for sending a copy of Until the Dawn to me for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
  5. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Outstanding
    February 26, 2016
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I'm a big fan of Elizabeth Camdens historical fiction. The characters are strong, intelligent men and women. They all have a romantic element, but its never an easy road for the hero and heroine. The research and the writing are always excellent (in fact, in terms of the writing, I think Until the Dawn is the best yet). And theres plenty of conflict to keep the plot moving.

    Theres certainly plenty of conflict in Until the Dawn: Dierenpark is owned by Quentins family, but Sophie treats it as her ownand isnt pleased when she learns of Quentins plan to destroy the historic mansion. And Sophie is a committed Christian while Quentin is an atheist, refusing to believe in anything he cant experience with his own senses. But he and Sophie bond over science and over Quentins son.

    Quentin considers Sophie to be too sunny, too cheerful, to have any conception of what the world is really like. Ive met people like Sophie, and its tempting to consider them nave, but Until the Dawn got me thinking. Sophie is pure in heart, and sees the world through that veil rather than through a veil of cynicism. This got me wondering how I see the world, and I have to admit its more likely to be through Quentins veil of cynicism than Sophies purity. Its a challenge, to consciously decide how we are going to see the world, to actively try to see through a pure heart, to see God. To walk with God.

    Recommended.

    Thanks to Baker Publishing and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
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