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To the Farthest Shores

Book Review: To the Farthest Shores

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Back cover summary from Bethany House Publishers:

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?

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            To the Farthest Shores is a unique look at the early part of the 18th century set in California. It differs from other books of that time period, because the focus isn’t San Francisco, but espionage, nursing, and pearls. The history that Elizabeth Camden focuses on is always unique, and it was interesting to learn about early espionage institutions in the U.S. and the quest to create cultivated pearls. But beyond the history, there is always a great story line, and this book is no different. Because of Ryan’s loyalty to the U.S. and his mysterious assignment, he and Jenny have a lot of ground to cover, a large part of it focusing on the issue of trust. How can you trust someone who has repeatedly broken that trust? That’s something that Jenny struggles with, and Ryan desires to prove. I really enjoyed Finn’s character in this book, he’s funny, sassy, and unconventional.

I did enjoy this book, but it didn’t draw me in like some of Elizabeth Camden’s previous novels. I also was a bit disappointed with the fairly minor role that faith had to play in the story.

About the Author

Biography from Bethany House Publishers: Elizabeth Camden is the author of nine historical novels and has been honored with the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the Carol Award. 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. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com

I was provided a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.

With Every Breath

with every breathBook Review: With Every Breath

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Baker Publishing Group’s website description of With Every Breath:

In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

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With Every Breath is a powerful novel that swept me into the story, causing me to think about the characters whenever I needed to put it down to take care of things of greater priority, like homework. 🙂 There are certain things I always expect from Elizabeth: rich historical detail, edge-of-your-seat suspense, deep characters, and a strong romance thread. She delivered once again with this novel, but I think this may be my favorite of her books. The issue of tuberculosis and how it is one of the major antagonists in the story was really interesting, and added an element of unknown, as I never knew what turn the plot would take next. The characters and what they must overcome was also a huge highlight. Fear is a terrible monster to face, and trust, its greatest enemy, can be elusive. Both Trevor and Kate must face the beast head-on. Only one—fear or trust—can win, and I can guarantee that the battle is not going to be easy. I love how Elizabeth creates her characters with such strong personalities and how she weaves their love stories, never making the relationships too easy for the characters.

There was a lull in the story about thirty pages from the end, but then it picked back up again, barreling ahead full force.

This book was a joy to read, and I will definitely be picking it up again in the future. Fans of Elizabeth Camden will not be disappointed, and the new historical fiction reader who stumbles across her books will find a delightful new author to add to their go-tos.

About the Author

Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. 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 http://www.elizabethcamden.com.

I was given a review copy of With Every Breath from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.