Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rebecca Reviews ~ To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Bethany House Publishers
 Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny's heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he's returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can't tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission--but he can't bear to lose her again either.

Rebecca's Review 
4 STARS!!!

"One should not accept an apology until one is prepared to consign the offense to the past."

Army nurse Jenny Bennett can scarcely believe her eyes when they land upon a ghost from her past, Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher, the man who broke her heart and apparently pawned it off to the highest bidder. It didn't seem like something he would do, but the polite, controlled officer standing before her with a young daughter, barely resembles the man whom she patiently nursed back to health, and with whom she subsequently shared her dreams. One fateful evening, he pressed his father's watch into her hand as a promise of his affections, and disappeared; and save one curious letter severing their relationship, and six long years of silence, Jenny was left to live her life with no explanations.

Having served his country in a capacity that only those at the very top were aware of, former Naval Officer Ryan Gallagher has returned to California, hoping to train a brilliant civilian in the art of subterfuge so that he can build a quiet life as an oyster farmer. He needs Jenny's expert nursing skills to manage the young man's opium addiction, so that Finn can pass a series of rigorous examinations, absolving Ryan of future deployments; giving him the chance to start over, possibly with Jenny, if she can ever forgive him. It's not going to be easy, for although Jenny is kind, compassionate, and determined, he broke her trust; which because of her past, she rarely gives away to anyone.

In essence, this is a book about forgiveness, and it's extremely well written. After all, forgiveness is a choice, albeit a very difficult one, but a choice nonetheless. Will Ryan and Jenny have the courage to make the right one?

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".

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  1. Great review! Can't wait to read this one soon!

    1. Hey Rebecca, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I agree about the review. Rebecca is a gifted writer and knows how to hook a potential reader! I, too, am looking forward to reading this book. Have a blessed day~


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