To The Farthest Shores

24105713It 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.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

5 StarI thoroughly enjoy Elizabeth Camden’s novels. I always find that they are historically rich and filled with complex characters. Her latest novel, To The Farthest Shores is no exception.

These characters quickly endeared themselves to me. Jenny who is trying to be the complete opposite of who she was while growing up and Ryan who’s dreams are within reach will both be memorable characters for me. I found Jenny relatable in the mask she tried to wear and Ryan who felt that disappointment was consistently around the corner. The secondary characters also left their own footprints on these pages and are just as much a part of this story as Jenny and Ryan.

But beyond the characters, the plot was also wonderful. Camden takes us to the very early days of the CIA (before it was the CIA even) as well as oyster farming. She adds in a dash of mystery as someone seems to be after Ryan’s life for unknown reasons. And then there is a tense relationship between Jenny and Ryan that often, I was just unsure if it could even work out.

To the Farthest Shores is everything that I expected from a novel by Camden. If you are looking for historical fiction with a unique setting and complex characters, I’d highly recommend it.

“I know you’re afraid, but there are going to be times in life when you have to stand up to fear, because fear kills more dreams than anything else in the world. Fear kills hope. Fear can paralyze people. Don’t let fear make you blind.”

-Jenny Bennett, To The Farthest Shores

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