Tuesday, April 18, 2017

To the Farthest Shore by Elizabeth Camden - REVEIEWED

About the Book:
The unpredictability of her upbringing prepared army nurse Jenny Bennett to face any challenge at the Presidio Army base, but the sudden reappearance in her life of the dashing naval officer who broke her heart six years ago is enough to rattle even her. 

Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher is one of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring government mission overseas--an assignment that destroyed his reputation and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor-bound never to reveal where he was during those years, he can't tell Jenny the truth, or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk. 

Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution to his impossible situation, but he needs Jenny's help. While her loyalty to her country compels her to agree, she was too badly hurt to fall for Ryan again despite his determination to win her back. When an unknown threat from Ryan's past puts everything at risk--including his life--can they overcome the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked against them in time?

My Thoughts:
It was time to choose forgiveness.”  (p. 316)

Forgiveness is something we offer others, but it is also a gift we give ourselves.  Camden’s latest historical novel centers around two characters who have a difficult time with both sides of forgiveness.  They are afraid to offer it to others, because they fear being hurt, but they can’t forgive themselves for their own past choices.  This creates a perfect storm between a military nurse who falls in love with a man recruited as a spy.

Elizabeth Camden explores The Military Information Division (MID) through the eyes of one of their recruits Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher.  Ryan never fathomed the depth of his choice to accept this assignment, and, it seems as though the choices he made for his career will cost him the love of the one love of his life, Army Nurse, Jenny Bennett.  Separated for years, when these two lives cross paths again, they seem unable to offer anything that the other one wants or needs.

God uses the life of an addict as the catalyst to bring Ryan and Jenny face to face with their own shortcomings.  In reaching out to one whose need seems to exceed their own, they learn the timeless, and priceless lesson of forgiveness.  Their journey is messy, painful, and for me at least, extremely frustrating at times.  But the author weaves all of the story threads together in a remarkable and very satisfying way! 

The ending is very believable, and I think readers who enjoy historical fiction will have a hard time putting this novel down!  I know I did!!  I am happy to recommend this novel to everyone!

About the Author:

Elizabeth Camden is the author of nine historical novels and has been honored with the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the Carol Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

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