Monday, March 13, 2017

Book Review-To The Farthest Shores By Elizabeth Camden

To The Farthest Shores
By:  Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook for free by the publisher, Bethany House through Net Galley, blogger review program, for an honest review.   I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

Jenny Bennett, a hospital nurse at US Army Base, San Francisco in 1898 met the dashing Lieutenant Ryan Gallaher (Galahad) as he recovered from an illness.  Jenny’s Galahad, touched a part of her soul she didn’t know existed and she fell helplessly in love with him.  Jenny was from the wrong side of San Francisco and Ryan was a story-book hero.

President McKinley declared war on Spain and Ryan was shipped out to join the conflict.  For six years Jenny waited to hear from Ryan and only received one letter.  She checked the missing in action lists every week for all those years and was always relieved to not find his name listed.  Suddenly Ryan showed up on base with a four-year-old Asian child.  Rumors were leaked that Ryan had deserted and spent the conflict living in the lap of luxury on a Yacht in Japan.  Jenny didn’t know what to think but she no longer trusted Ryan. He had way too many secrets and had lied to her too many times.   She wanted to walk away and have him out of her life, however that was not to be…Ryan was training Finn to take his place in Japan as a US spy and he had an addiction for opium.  Jenny was sent to Ryan’s country home to help Finn beat his addiction.

Have the tissues ready because this is a book that will definitely pull at your heart-strings.  It is an emotional journey for Jenny from the time she was nine years of age, living on the streets.  She was befriended by Simon who took her in, raised her and sent her to nursing school.  She became a respected person of the community, but that wasn’t enough, she was still distrustful of people and didn’t know how to let God help her deal with her past and insecurities.  This is a story of love, forgiveness, second chances and faith, mixed together with mystery, spies and attempted murder.  

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