To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review as part of the Blogging team. 

From the back of the book:

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 on Elizabeth Camden:

Elizabeth Camden has such a great personality: she is sweet, has a humble heart and you can tell she loves to write from the heart and pour her life into the world of her characters. She puts elements of faith in her stories but not to the point of shoving it down someone's throat more like a gentle tug at the heartstrings. 

I was truly honored to review this book for Elizabeth Camden because she is an amazing writer and very detailed at the lives, surroundings and actions of each and every character. 

My thoughts on the book:

I will admit that it took me some time to get into this book because I am not a huge fan of historical fiction unless it has a lot of action in it. It took a while for the story to get going but I will admit it tugs at the heartstrings and makes one tear up. The relationship of Jenny and Ryan really does go back and forth. Ryan fulfilled the duty of the government which meant betraying Jenny in terms of their relationship. This in turn makes Jenny scared and unable to trust for the longest time. 

In my opinion, I have no idea how anyone can be mad at Lilly. She is just so STINKING adorable but then again I am a bit biased because I love asian kids. Their big eyes and expressions melt my heart. This book shows how life can be unpredictable and surprise you when you least expect it. 

I learned a lot in this book about oyster farming and pearls. I never realized how much work goes into something like that so many people take for granted. My favorite characters were as follows: Lilly, Ryan, Abigail (poor girl, she had no chance with him). 

I give this book a 4 out of 5 stars. 

Where to buy:

Who I can see playing the characters:

Abigail Mayberry

Akira (Lilly's mom)

Captain Dwyer

Captain Soames

Corporal McAllister

Jenny Bennett


Ryan Gallagher

Phineus Breckenridge

Mrs. Tucker

Mr. Swinton

Simon Bennett

Vivian Perez

Until next time, 

The Traveling Gypsy


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