In quite a few of the books I’ve read of Elizabeth Camden, I found she often takes obscure pieces of history and turns them into an intriguing and fascinating novel. To the Farthest Shores was no different with it’s international connection and innovations in the early 20th Century.
It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.
Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.
Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.
I really enjoyed the creative piece of history and the background/connection not only of the US, but also globally. It’s really no surprise that I would like historical fun facts, but this really kept me intrigued!
There’s often a trend, where one person has it all together and the other has more “to work on.” While those stories can still be enjoyed, I think it sometimes misses the opportunity to present a more realistic picture, because let’s be real, we all got issues right? This book though, does such an excellent job portraying real and messy humans, who grow as individuals and grow together. Forgiveness of self and others, moving on from the past and trusting in Him for the future, these are the themes I like to see.
If you like Elizabeth Camden, you’ll be happy with her latest. If you’re new to Camden, there’s plenty of excellent options to start with and I would definitely toss this one into the ring!
If you’ve read Camden before, what’s your favorite?
(Thank you to Bethany House and Netgalley for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)