Mar. 28, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

****4 stars

A Forever Love,Forgiveness, and a Pearl Farm

A forever love tossed aside. Jenny Malone can't find it in her heart to forgive Ryan Gallagher upon his reappearance following his time in Japan. Ryan can't find within himself the words to reassure Jenny of his loyalty. Finn can't stay out of the opium dens, so maybe the first two can'ts don't matter.

I loved the look at pearl seeding and harvesting in To the Farthest Shores. So unfamiliar,yet interesting. Camden also does a great job describing the withdrawal horrors of an opium addict. There were many secondary characters and relationships that were realistic and well-developed,as well as secondary plots.

I appreciated the conflict that kept the lovers apart. However, I eventually became disenchanted with Jenny and her neediness that went unrecognized for so long. By the end of the book, I felt skeptical of the permanence of Jenny's decision.

I gratefully received a complimentary copy of this book through the publisher and NetGalley. My opinions were not influenced by this fact, and I am solely responsible for them.