Each new book I read of Elizabeth Camden’s becomes my new favorite of hers. Then, when I’m done I like to put the book right back in my TBR pile because I want to read it again. It was no different with her latest, Until Dawn. Y’all….this was an absolute delight to read.
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?
With a mystery guiding the story (one that was not only creative, but unexpected), this book was fabulous. I think my fellow historical fans will love this one as much as I did.
I really loved Sophie’s character. She’s a great example of letting who you are be a light to people. You never know how your personality (whether being kind or compassionate), can impact someone. I loved her development too and the role Quentin played in that. And sweet Pieter? Loved him!
And Quentin Vandermark? If you are even a little bit of a fan of Edward Fairfax Rochester of Jane Eyre, then this is also a yes for you! Brooding and angry, yet not completely lost. Yes please. I think his change and development was not only fabulous to see, but genuine and honest. I’m a big fan of Quentin.
Seeing the roles and influence they each have in the other’s life was one of my favorite parts of the novel.
I loved the plot, the people (I also had a soft spot for Nickolaas) and thoroughly enjoyed this novel – it’s full of all things you love to see in a good story with a few extra twists at the end!
How about you? Have any books already kicked off 2016 full of awesome?
(Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)