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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.

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In Perfect Time

In-Perfect-Time

Book Review: In Perfect Time
Author: Sarah Sundin
Review by Grace Olson

The Story

Taken from Baker Publishing Group’s website description of In Perfect Time:

Two hearts are about to learn the rhythm of love

Bold, sophisticated, and coy, Army Air Force flight nurse Lt. Kay Jobson collects hearts wherever she flies, leaving men pining in airfields all across Europe. So how can ruggedly handsome C-47 pilot Lt. Roger Cooper be all but immune to her considerable charms? In fact, he seems to do everything he can to avoid her.

Still, as they cross the skies between Italy and southern France, evacuating the wounded and delivering paratroopers and supplies, every beat of their hearts draws them closer. Can they overcome the fears and misunderstandings of the past in order to take hold of the future?

Sarah Sundin seamlessly weaves together emotion, action, and sweet romance into a tale that transcends time and calls us to believe in the power of love.

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You may have noticed it’s been a little quiet on here recently. Well, I have a good reason for that. I’m back at school, givin’ it the old college try, so I’ve been busy starting up classes and the like. However, now that everything is settling back down, I’ll still be able to review, just not as much as before.

In Perfect Time is only the second book I’ve read from Sarah Sundin, and I started in at the end of this series. In doing so, I didn’t have any background knowledge about the main character, who apparently was somewhat of an antagonist in the other books. Even so, Sarah was able to take Kay and turn her into a compelling character that I felt so much for. Both Kay and Roger have heart-breaking backgrounds that have deeply affected their lives. Both do their best to avoid the other. I loved how Roger was such a support for Kay throughout the book, and I really enjoyed the development of their relationship. It was bumpy, but it felt very natural. In Perfect Time is packed with exciting action and vivid detail, making this novel stand out for me as unique among others WW2 novels I have read. The moment when Roger uses his drumsticks to communicate a longer message with Kay was so much fun to read. What a unique twist!

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. If you like to read historical romance, novels in a WW2 setting, or books that carry a strong thread of redemption, then you will definitely want to give In Perfect Time a try.

About the Author

Biography from Baker Publishing Group’s website: Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, On Distant Shores, and the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards, and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist’s mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force in England. Sarah lives in California, with her husband and three children. Visit http://www.sarahsundin.com for more information.

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