A brief summary from Elizabeth Camden:
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.
Brokenhearted over a failed engagement, Jenny Bennett throws herself into her work – nursing wounded soldiers. On the verge to begin dating again, life throws Jenny a curveball when she spots her former finance, Lt. Ryan Gallagher, in town. For all the pain Ryan caused Jenny, its nothing like the torture he heaps on as he pretends not to know Jenny. Who is this man? And did Jenny ever truly know Ryan?
On a secret mission for the U.S. Army, Ryan has spent the last six years overseas in seclusion. Coming back to the States never felt so right, until he spots the love of his life, Jenny. But he has more important things on his mind than mending old relationships, as much as he wants to, especially when the whole country depends on him. Working a deal with the Army, Ryan convinces Jenny to travel and nurse a drug addict back to health as Ryan tutors him to take over the role as spy. But six years of separation has created a chasm between them, will Jenny and Ryan ever mend their broken past?
I have mixed feelings on Elizabeth Camden’s To the Farthest Shores. Having read and loved her Until the Dawn series, I had high hopes for this newest novel, but I’m saddened to say this did not meet my expectations. I enjoyed the overall plot of the book, and found the pearl farming tidbits to be quite fascinating, but the romance felt forced; something I couldn’t get past while reading this story. I find it unbelievable for someone to hold a grudge over a whirlwind, three month relationship for six long years. Jenny is a savvy, smart, and kindhearted gal from the streets, who allows – out of everything she’s been through in her hard life – a three month relationship to cause her to hide and cower from life? I couldn’t buy that. I also found it hard to believe Ryan ever had feelings for Jenny; I wish he had opened up more in the book.
Despite my mixed feelings, I do love how Camden’s voice came through in this novel. The pearl farming aspect was incredibly interesting, and I started googling the history for myself! While To the Farthest Shores is not my favorite book of Camden’s, I still love her work and can’t wait to see what she writes next.
I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.