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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Until the Dawn: Elizabeth Camden

By Kelly Bridgewater

Synopsis (From Amazon):
From Amazon
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?

My Thoughts:

In Elizabeth Camden’s latest book Until the Dawn, Camden captures the mysterious feeling of the Hudson River Valley with vibrant characters, who I instantly bonded with and wanted to learn more about. The characters of Sophie van Riijn and Quentin Vandermark are as different as night and day. One sees the beauty in the abandoned mansion belonging to the Vandermark family for the past couple of generations called Dierenpark, whereas, the other one wants nothing to do but destroy the curse on the family from this horrible home.  What makes Camden stand out in her writing, in my humble opinion, is her ability to fully engross the readers in the historical period. The setting jumps off the page. I really feel like I’m in the late nineteenth century struggling along with the characters. I highly recommend this book to historical fans of Jody Hedlund, Julie Lessman, and Lorna Seilstad. This book grabbed my attention and never let go because I wanted to know the historical mystery behind the Dierenpark Mansion and why it was abandoned for a long time.

I received a complimentary copy of Until the Dawn from Bethany House Publishers and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Want to read my other reviews of Elizabeth Camden's Beyond All Dreams and With Every Breath? Please feel free to click on the above book title and read my thoughts. 

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  1. I read the novella and have this one waiting on my Kindle. Looking forward to it even more now!

    1. Thanks Jamie! It was good. I hope you enjoy it.