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To the Farthest Shores Paperback – April 4, 2017
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"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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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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?
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
There were quite a few times I had to fight a lump in my throat while reading this book. The separation and reunification of Jenny and Ryan was particularly difficult to read about and the struggle between them incredibly authentic. It was a heart-wrenching thing, watching Jenny, with her deep need to be able to trust, try to love Ryan, who had been trained by his upbringing and required by his country to keep things hidden. It is rare to find a book that treats both sides in a conflicted relationship so well, and I longed for a happy ending for both of them.
The information about the pearls was fascinating and the perfect metaphor for both characters. But what touched me even more, was the information about apologies and forgiveness. If only we would be so gracious as Christians as the traditions described in this book are.
Elizabeth Camden is a gifted writer and her words flow. There's never a time where something draws you out of the story, each page feels like it belongs, each character fits. I adored little Lily, and I would love to what comes of Finn in a future book.
But what made this book for me was the theme. This story was about forgiveness, and it was on almost every page, but not in a way that was preachy or overdone. It was in the choices and consequences of each of the characters, as it so often is in life. It made me look at my own life and attitudes about forgiveness, which is the best any book can do, I think.
This was a poignant yet hopeful story of love, betrayal, and forgiveness I won't soon forget. I highly recommend it.
Forgiveness was a strong theme through out the story as both characters wrestled with past wrongs and hurts. Jenny was a hard character to like in the beginning. She was bitter about how she had been treated by Ryan, and it effected her actions through out the story. I thought Ryan was genuinely sorry for his actions, but struggled in communicating this to Jenny. I would like to have had more information about Ryan's time spying on the Japanese and his life with his first wife, but overall the characters were well developed.
I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy a little more romance with their history. It was a great read with a sweet romance.
I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review.
Having said that, I liked the themes of the story. Of failings and forgiveness - both the asking and the giving and how hard it is to receive forgiveness and give it. I would have liked the idea of forgiving oneself to be explored more and how it is directly tied to the ability to receive forgiveness from both God and others.
I look forward to reading Ms Camden's next book.
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