Sunday, February 26, 2017

Book Review: Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

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Title: Until the Dawn

Author: Elizabeth Camden

Series: Standalone

Genre: Historical

Audience: Adult


A volunteer for the newly established Weather Bureau, Sophie van Riijn needs access to the highest spot in her village to report the most accurate readings. Fascinated by Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion high atop a windswept cliff in the Hudson River Valley, Sophie knows no better option despite a lack of permission from the absent owners.

The first Vandermark to return to the area in sixty years, Quentin intends to put an end to the shadowy rumors about the property that has brought nothing but trouble upon his family. Ready to tear down the mansion, he is furious to discover a local woman has been trespassing on his land.

Instantly at odds, Quentin and Sophie find common ground when she is the only one who can reach his troubled son. There's a light within Sophie that Quentin has never known, and a small spark of the hope that left him years ago begins to grow. But when the secrets of Dierenpark and the Vandermark family history are no longer content to stay in the past, will tragedy triumph or can their tenuous hope prevail?

**4.5 stars**

Oh my, this was really good! 4.5 stars! Until the Distant Dawn by Elizabeth Camden was a little hard for me to get into, but I ended up loving it! Such a poignant theme! Soul-touching. It was interesting, mysterious, humorous, and profound. The faith aspect touched my heart. Sophie made me smile. Ratface made me laugh. *grins* Quentin made me think. And Peiter was just a really sweet boy. There were themes of intrigue, forgiveness, and faith. The romance was fairly light. One or two brief scenes involving a kiss. I really appreciated how most of that played out!

Overall, it was a unique historical read that left my heart joyful and gave me satisfied feeling! ^_^

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