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To The Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

 

“One should not accept an apology until one is prepared to consign the offense to the past. Otherwise it will fester like a splinter beneath the skin and continue to cause problems in the future.”

                                                                       -Lt. Ryan Gallagher

 Jenny Bennett, a beautiful and rather complex young nurse, works at the U.S. Army Base at the Presidio in San Francisco in the year 1898 when she meets and falls in love with handsome, blonde Lt. Ryan Gallagher. Although not together long, they make plans for their future marriage when Ryan suddenly has to depart mysteriously in the night.

After being gone for a year, a cryptic letter from Ryan arrives telling her that he will not be returning. Six years later Jenny still struggles to completely give up thoughts of Lt. Gallagher who disappeared that night. When the mysterious Ryan arrives back at the Presidio with a beautiful Asian daughter, Jenny wants only an explanation for his behavior from him.

The story revolves around the conflict of Jenny’s need for security and the truth and Ryan’s characteristics of being closed off and secretive. Even when the secrets are finally disclosed, Jenny and Ryan find that they have different definitions o f forgiveness.

An intriguing read that will leave readers questioning the art of forgiveness!  Be sure and check out the reader’s notes at the end of the book. Elizabeth Camden once again fills her novel with detailed historical data that captivates one’s imagination and characters that are true to life.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Can’t Wait to Read 2016!

As I roll through January, I am already thinking about the new books I am excited to read in 2016. I  made a list to  give you a brief peek at some of the books I hope to review for the coming year. I am sure many of you will be as excited to read some of these new novels as I am. Here is what we have to look forward to in 2016.

  • Benton, Lori A Flight of ArrowsAuthor: Lori Benton

Release Date: April 2016

 

 

 

  • Cambron, Kristy The Ringmaster's WifeAuthor: Kristy Cambron

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Ladd, Sarah Dawn at EmberwildeAuthor:  Sarah E. Ladd

From the Treasures of Surrey series, Book 2

Release Date: May  2016

 

 

  • Camden, Elizabeth From This MomentAuthor: Elizabeth Camden

Release Date: June 2016

 

 

 

  • Mitchell, Siri Flirtation WalkAuthor:  Siri Mitchell

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Sawyer, Kim Vogel Room for HopeAuthor: Kim Vogel Sawyer

Release Date:  February 2016

 

 

 

  • Copeland, Lori The Preacher's LadyAuthor:  Lori Copeland

Release Date: March 2016Series: Sugar Maple Hearts

 

 

 

  • Peterson Tracie A Treasure ConcealedAuthor: Tracie Peterson

Release Date: March 2016

 

 

 

  • Author: Laurie Alice EakesEakes, Laurie Alice The Carpenter's Inheritance

Release Date: June 2016

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Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

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Publication Date: December 01, 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley.com

 

 

“Most happiness isn’t created by acts of great heroism or prestige . . . it comes from people like you, Sophie.”

-Quentin Vandermark

This book transports the reader high on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River during the summer of 1898. Sophie van Riijn, cook extraordinaire and amateur meteorologist, spends her days doing the two things she likes best in the world, cooking and monitoring her weather station from the scenic roof of an abandoned mansion along the river until Quentin Vandermark shows up to claim his family property.

The plot encompasses their struggle toward personal commitments that lie in opposite directions. A great deal of the Vandermark family history plays an interesting role in the story along with tales of suicide, mystical flowers, and a mysterious family curse that plagues its members. This story combines a bit of romance, mystery, faith, and historical fiction within its pages. The characters are at times charming, abrasive, and eccentric.

A quick and enjoyable novel for readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction as well! For a fun jump start on the book, read the novella prequel Toward the Sunrise that begins the story.

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

3.5

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Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams

Publication Date: January 6, 2015

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC copy from Bethany House and Netgalley

What an interesting story! The plot in this novel drew me into the pages of the story immediately. The book begins in Washington, D.C. and the year is 1897. Anna O’Brien, a map librarian working at the Library of Congress, is given an unusual task as punishment for interfering in naval business. She is assigned to work with Luke Callahan, a prominent young Senator from Maine who also happens to be an outspoken opponent of the Library of Congress.

Anna’s life is devoted to the library and she feels personally offended at Luke’s criticism of the institution. Luke feels an instant attraction to the young woman assigned to help him with his research and has a hard time hiding it. Anna wants to do her job and spend her free time with her best friend, Neville Bernhard, but Luke seems to turn her up constantly in places she least expects him. As Anna strives to maintain the world she has created for herself and get answers regarding the death of her father, she finds an unlikely ally in Luke.

The characters are engaging and have depth to them. The storyline follows an actual historical event involving a naval ship, the country of Cuba, and the United States. Ms. Camden does a great job of incorporating her knowledge and love of library science into the novel. The historical components of the book are very detailed and interesting. The mystery and “opposites attract” romance blend well with the historical part of the story.

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and romance. A very interesting and fun story set during an interesting time!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

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Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

ARC kindle copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House

Elizabeth Camden once again takes a historical social issue, the treatment of tuberculosis and patients living with the disease, as her focal point in this new novel. She explores the various treatments that were used as doctors tried desperately to find a cure for one of the biggest killers of the late nineteenth century.

She entwines a romance through the plot that keeps the readers’s interest peaked. Kate Livingston, a lovely young widow working as a statistician for the government, once again meets up with Trevor McDonough Kendall, a brilliant doctor at the forefront of tuberculosis research in the United States. Kate and Trevor have a past. Can Kate get around the bitterness of the past in order to work with Trevor in a challenging well paid position at his hospital?

Read the novel. The plot will definitely engage your interest. The characters are funny at times, sad at times, and totally courageous almost all the time! Elizabeth Camden once again makes her female character a strong, smart woman. I like reading about strong women who also have faith and romance in their life. The element of faith shines in the book, and Ms. Camden reaches out with the message that “your life is going to unfold exactly as God intends.”

I would certainly recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction, particularly people that enjoy strong historical detail regarding social issues. The story has a satisfying end and readers will feel good upon completing the novel. Thanks again, Elizabeth Camden for a job well done!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House Publishing and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Against the Tide

Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden

Publication Date: October 2012

Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Purchased kindle copy from Amazon.com

 

 

This novel continues the story of Alexander Banebridge, whom we met in Ms. Camden’s first book, The Lady of Bolton Hill. Bane, bad guy turned respectable hero, meets Ms. Lydia Pallas, an obsessive compulsive young woman who has a successful career as a translator and analyst in the Boston Naval Yard in the late 1800’s.

Lydia strives to maintain the perfect world she has created for herself since coming of age after a rather rough start in life. She is a bright, educated woman very forward thinking for the time period. She presents herself as an interesting, multi-layered woman who interacts very engagingly with the charming mysterious Bane.

The story delves into the opium trade during this time period and the lengths that people went to in order to maintain the very lucrative business of shipping and distributing opium. The historical element is interesting and detailed throughout the story.

The plot engaged my interest and I really wanted to keep reading. The romance between Bane and Lydia is secondary to the main story, which carries messages of faith and forgiveness. It is not often that you find a hero that has been a drug dealer in another life and a heroine, who struggles with opium addiction. Very interesting concept!

I would definitely recommend this book to readers of historical fiction and inspirational fiction. The characters and plot work well to promote a unique story set in an interesting time period. Great job, Elizabeth Camden! Totally enjoyable book!

 

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