I took this book everywhere with me while I was reading it. I even got a kick out of taking some ironic pictures with the book in the basket of my bicycle with the river that’s nearly right behind my house in the background…. not exactly the farthest shore, but the book was always with me so that if I found a quiet bench in a park, I could read there, too.
I hadn’t read an Elizabeth Camden book before, though when I mentioned it to a friend, I was informed that Camden is an excellent author, and if you like historical fiction (which I do), I’d love all of her books.
I can’t say that To The Farthest Shores played out how I was expecting — in fact, it truly didn’t, but I don’t think that’s a bad thing at all. I never once knew what was coming, and right up until the end I couldn’t figure out how it was going to wrap up. I have high levels of respect for an author who can not only create likeable characters, but also deliver an engaging plot line AND make it clear that she knows her historical stuff. I’d hope that Camden does, given her credentials as a Research Librarian with Masters degrees in both History and Library Science.
It turns out to be a beautiful love story about reconciling past to present, forgiveness, and perseverance. Camden weaves all of the elements together fluidly, and once I got into this book, I didn’t want to stop.
Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny’s heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he’s returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can’t tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission-but he can’t bear to lose her again either.
I highly recommend this book, and now I’m off to add some Elizabeth Camden to my Amazon “saved for later” cart 🙂
Book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Baker Publishing Group.