Saturday, August 5, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Star Rating : 3 out of 5
Content Rating : NONE

Backcover :
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.

My Thoughts :
This was a story about two people that had a charming and innocent love, but lies and secrecy corrupted it. He hurt her and betrayed her, and she won’t forgive him. I originally rated this as a four star review; but, after sitting on the review a bit, I’ve changed it to a three star. It was exactly the kind of book I needed at the time, slower and an unfussy story line, which made me rate it originally higher then I normally would. That said I did enjoy it. It made for a good summer read, light and uncomplicated, and I would recommend it.

I gave this a rating of NONEThere was no strong language,violence or sexual references. It does mention a relationship outside of marriage; but, that is all it is. No details are given, other than it resulted in a child. There is also mention of opium abuse; but, is not given in detail or glorified. 

What I liked :
  • The Time in History – I enjoyed the setting in this lesser-known event in history. The setting is in San Francisco, early 1900s, and involves Japanese-American relations, and the early development of the pearl industry. I always find it interesting to learn of something in history I didn’t know happened or a light shined on something I just never thought about. And Camden included several interesting and quirky facts. 
  • Finn – I ended up really liking Finn and his slightly rough character, better then I liked Ryan’s stoicism and straight lace attitude. 

What I didn’t like :
  • Ryan’s Lies – Some of his secrets had a good reason. But, he also lies about little, insignificant things. Then Jenny gets furious over yet another insignificant lie she has uncovered. Maybe Ryan’s character had just got so use to the lies it was the easier way for his character. It just was a little annoying. At least, give me a juicy lie. 
  • Pace – The pace was maybe a little slow for me normally; but, was just what I was in the mood for at the time. 
What Others Are Saying :
"The book's mystery subplot creates a nice balance to the romantic elements without overwhelming it. This well-plotted historical fiction will keep readers guessing to the final pages."--Publishers Weekly

"Camden is the master of historical inspirational romance, and she has delivered another fascinating read with complex, memorable characters and an interesting subplot about the start of the cultured pearl industry."--Booklist starred review

"The story creatively entwines love, mystery, and intrigue with Japanese history and culture, and the pearl industry; also life lessons on guilt, regret, anger, and forgetting the past."--Christian Market

Reviewed by Shayna Hinshaw

I received a copy of this book for free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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