Camden tackles some really difficult subjects in this novel — from trust to forgiveness, she handles each topic with aplomb.
Jenny Bennett has been through a lot, but it’s all prepared her life as an U.S. Army nurse.
But none of it prepares her to face the man who broke her heart when he returns and asks for her help.
Camden once again has created flawed characters who feel real.
This novel features many different situations that challenge both the characters and the readers to consider how they would react.
The characters do not always react well, which makes the story all the more believable.
But while it was an enjoyable novel overall, it was not perfect and a few bits felt slightly off.
Jenny’s reaction to Ryan’s daughter was particularly bothersome — though it was probably not an unrealistic reaction for the character.
Camden does a really wonderful job of creating settings and the historical details sprinkled throughout really add to the feel of the novel.
She also weaves in plenty of intriguing elements, including the Spanish-American War and spies.
Those who enjoy Christian historical novels definitely should give To the Farthest Shores a chance.
Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards.
She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books.
Camden’s ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. She lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.