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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

To the Farthest Shores


To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden is a historical romance with an air of mystery and a satisfying and interesting plot. Jenny Bennett is an Army nurse at the Presidio when Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher reappears after breaking her heart six years earlier. He is sworn to never reveal where he was--at risk of endangering an ongoing mission--so he cannot explain himself to her.

Jenny no longer trusts Ryan, and their relationship is complex. I enjoyed the way the characters are built in this story and felt I could relate to many of their struggles. Forgiveness is a big theme in To the Farthest Shores as the characters make mistakes and don't always handle things in an expected way. That is part of what makes the book so compelling.

Set during the turn of the century just after the Spanish American War, the story includes a lot of history, including medical  progress of that time, the cultivation of pearls, and a glimpse of Japanese culture. The elements of espionage, danger, intrigue, and secrets from the past make the romantic plot more exciting. I look forward to reading more from Elizabeth Camden.

There is a historical note at the end of the book, along with a section of discussion questions.

The publisher provided a review copy of To the Farthest Shores.