To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden was a touching story of struggle and redemption. Once again Elizabeth Camden did not disappoint with her new historical novel about war, love, and pearls.  Jenny is a disciplined army nurse who has worked hard on the night shift to provide a secure life for herself and Simon who raised her. Ryan is the naval officer that won Jenny’s heart and then disappeared.

I love how Camden seems to effortlessly weave historical details into a moving and poignant plot. Full of surprises, heartbreak, and unexpected turns, To the Farthest Shores is a story of depth and struggle that explores forgiveness, revenge, and resilience.

Full of strong, complex characters, and impeccable historical details, this a complex story worth reading. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.

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Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

Elizabeth Camden has written another intriguing historical novel introducing us to complex characters and the interesting beginning of the weather bureau in the United States. With an abandoned estate, plenty of myths, and a touch of miracles, Camden introduces us to a captivating story of loss and renewal, hope and healing in her newest novel Until the Dawn.

Sophie van Riijn, is a young woman was an astute mind, a dream, and a passion for cooking. To satiate her scientific interests, Sophie sets up a weather station on the roof of the nearby abandoned Dierenpark estate and collects daily weather reports for the newly established weather bureau. When the owners of Dierenpark arrive unexpectedly, Sophie is caught trespassing in her scientific endeavors. With wit and stubbornness Sophie negotiates to continue operating her weather station while working tirelessly to preserve Dierenpark from destruction.

I loved the characters in Until the Dawn. They were so real, so vulnerable, and so like everyone. I especially liked how although Sophie exudes hopefulness and kindness, she still feels authentic as we discover her story. Quentin was infuriating, yet so vulnerable. Even the supporting characters rallied to make a complex and believable story surrounding this historical period.

I really enjoyed reading Until the Dawn and look forward to more books by Elizabeth Camden. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden is a treat to read. I loved the characters, the plot, and the history behind the story. Camden delivers another fast-paced, intense historical novel which explores the controversy and history surrounding the Library of Congress and the Spanish-American War.

Anna O’Brian was anything but the typical female employee in the District of Columbia. As an orphan, she worked hard to become one of the few female librarians working at the distinguished Library of Congress. As the map librarian, she loves her work and feels close to her deceased father who helped pioneer the mapping of ocean bottoms. Though content with her work, Anna discovers an error in a naval report and begins a crusade to have the error corrected and her father’s untimely death explained.

Luke Callahan, a young, successful congressman, is riding high on popular opinion and personal ambition. When he commandeers the research assistance of the reluctant and reticent Anna O’Brian he finds more challenge, hope, and excitement in the Library of Congress than he bargained for. While O’Brian is delivering Luke’s research with efficient accuracy, she is also showing Luke another way to look at his ambitions and his past.

I love how Camden creates tension between Anna and Luke before they ever meet. Anna loves the new Library of Congress while Luke views it an extravagant waste of money. In fact, it seems that Anna loves everything that Luke does not. Through her novel, Camden uses Anna and Luke’s strengths, insecurities, and weaknesses to create an unforgettable story of letting go, holding on, and following dreams.

Thanks again Elizabeth for delivering another great read. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden for my candid review.