Monday, January 25, 2016

A step back in time with Elizabeth Camden's newest novel



Another great book from Elizabeth Camden - Until the Dawn.  Unique story, intriguing characters, and another jump into times past.  

From the publisher: 
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?

Camden describes the scenery so well that I felt like I was watching it in a movie.  She has a gift for painting pictures with words! The scenes she paints are beautiful, and I would love to jump into the pages and take a tour of Dierenpark.

Her characters also come to life on the pages.  I feel like I really now Sophie, Quentin and others in the novel.  She brings the character struggles to life also - the reader can almost feel the heartaches, the fear, the pain, the sorrow, the beauty and the hope that the characters experience.  Also the sign of a gifted writer!

I enjoyed every moment of reading the book, and I appreciate the faith-filled messages in the book.  I would recommend this for readers ages 16+, and it would be a good book club read in company with the question in the back of the book.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

2 comments:

dananddebb said...

I always love seeing your reviews and recommends! This one is now on my reading list!

Ann @TheAssetEdge said...

i'm so glad! i think that's the same book i just gave to mary, so ask her to pass it on!