To the Farthest Shores, by Elizabeth Camden

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her. 

Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas–an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny’s help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan’s past puts everything at risk–including his life–can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?

First Thoughts:

Give me an Elizabeth Camden novel and I’ll read it. I’ve enjoyed every book of hers that I’ve read.

My Take:

To the Farthest Shores is a novel about cultivating pearls, Japanese social graces, and a woman trying to compete with a ghost. Ryan Gallagher returns from an extended mission in Asia with a young daughter and a mountain of mystery surrounding him. Other soldiers call him a coward and vandalize his home but, even though he abandoned her, Jenny stands up for him without knowing where he was or what he was doing. When he asks for her nursing skills to assist a colleague, she agrees but is canny enough to add a few conditions to the assignment. Her adoptive father joins the small group in a remote coastal town, where Ryan is attempting to perfect the art of cultivating pearls.

Although I’m a fan of Elizabeth Camden, this won’t go down as one of my favorite novels by her. I didn’t care much for the two main characters. I’d have been okay if it hadn’t had the required happy ending. The supporting characters were more interesting: Ryan’s daughter was a sweetie, Jenny’s father was intriguing, and I wouldn’t mind another story about Ryan’s colleague, Finn. I also had a problem with so much of the back story being told in block paragraphs. Flashback scenes might’ve appealed to me more. I did, however, learn what a cultured pearl is after having heard the term for so long. I also doubt this’ll be the last Elizabeth Camden book I’ll read. I’m sure I’ll read A Dangerous Legacy when it comes out in October.

Thank you to Bethany House for my complimentary copy of To the Farthest Shores, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

Have you read To the Farthest Shores? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.

Excerpt

Author Q & A

Publisher: Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing)

Publication Date: 04 April 2017

Page Count: 336

Read more on:   Elizabeth Camden’s Website   Bethany House’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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