Monday, July 24, 2017
To the Farthest Shores- Elizabeth Camden
Description: 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: Wow. It has been a long time (if ever?) since I last read a novel with a hero and heroine who are so human. Often, characters' faults come off as false, whether it was something that wasn't really a fault or else something that they did at an age where no one could hold their actions against them. Yet, throughout this novel, Ryan and Jenny are so incredibly flawed that I felt as though they were someone I could have known.
This story is not a light-hearted romance. Ryan is continuously unreliable, even within his POV, and Jenny is ceaselessly jaded. Only alternating determination on their parts will keep them in the same vicinity as each other, and only God can bring them together.
Admittedly, the "intrigue" mentioned in the description is not what I had hoped for. While the build up was full of tension, the reveal was less so. However, the characters' interactions are by far the heart of the story, offering plenty of conflict for the reader to enjoy. And while there were some mistakes, I think that most of them were due to the format which I read.
I have provided an honest review after having received a copy of this book through Netgalley.