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.
Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden is an intriguing story full of betrayal, secrets and heartache that makes it hard to put down.
Jenny Bennett is an Army nurse who accepts a marriage proposal (of a sort) from Ryan Gallagher, as he is about to be deployed overseas. He leaves her his only possession from his deceased father - a watch - as a promise of his intentions. Then one day she receives a letter terminating their relationship, without any explanation and she doesn't see him again for another six years - this time with a daughter in tow.
While the reader finds out Ryan's secrets before Jenny does there is still much to be intrigued about while reading this book. I liked how Jenny learned what true forgiveness was about and I liked the growth in Ryan's character as he made an effort to understand why Jenny was so hurt and bewildered by his actions.
The theme of forgiveness rang throughout this entire novel and was a good example of how God views our sins once forgiven - they are tossed into the sea and never remembered again. To the Farthest Shores is an excellent example of how wide our forgiveness should be when someone hurts us.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."
Reviewer: Rebecca Maney
"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.
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