Elizabeth Camden’s new novel, To the Farthest Shores, tells a tale of espionage, military secrets, rediscovered love, and forgiveness. Six years ago, Ryan promised Jenny a future together once he returned from the war in the Philippines. The war ended, but Ryan didn’t come back. All Jenny got was a vague “Dear Jenny” letter that left her heartbroken and confused.
Now Ryan is suddenly back and still full of secrets. To add to Jenny’s pain, he has a young daughter in tow. A daughter whose age means that Ryan was unfaithful to Jenny within a year of leaving for the war. Jenny is still reeling from Ryan’s reappearance in her life when he asks for her help.
Both Jenny and Ryan are struggling with unresolved feelings for one another, and both are loath to let the other in fully. Jenny is still angry, and Ryan carries a lot of guilt with him. Despite their past, Jenny agrees to help him. Secrets, danger, and emotions abound as they find themselves sharing a common goal.
I liked this book. It was interesting to see Camden’s take on military espionage. I enjoyed the glimpse into the military and into historic Japanese culture. Jenny and Ryan deal with some very relatable relationship issues. Jenny doesn’t know how to trust Ryan, and he struggles with honesty and guilt. I appreciated how Camden didn’t magically sweep it all under the proverbial rug. She made her characters deal with those issues. However, Ryan and Jenny seem to go back and forth with fighting and forgiveness. That did get a little repetitive, but it wasn’t too bad.
All in all, a great story full of historic detail and dynamic characters! You’ll find yourself rooting for this couple and hoping they reconnect on the shores of California. To the Farthest Shores hits shelves February 28!
My rating: 3.5/5 stars
Recommended for: fans of Elizabeth Camden, Sarah Sundin, and other inspirational historic romance authors; those who enjoy reading about different periods in history and different cultures
Note: I received a copy of this novel via NetGalley.