Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden

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After three fiancés and no husbands, Sophie van Riijn hasn’t had a perfectly charmed life, but she has loved the old, practically abandoned mansion of Dierenpark since she was a child. The beautiful home overlooking the Hudson River has been her refuge, and the place she has set up her weather tracking station, until the owner, Quentin Vandermark, returns suddenly and unexpectedly. His rotten attitude seems bent on destroying all Sophie holds dear. She must stand strong in her faith, while all her hopes and dreams begin to crumble, to see what God has in store for her.

What a charming story! Set in the late 1800s, Elizabeth Camden did a marvelous job of capturing the majesty and magic of the Hudson River Valley in the late Victorian era. I loved the history in the book, bringing in not only the Victorian times, but also the Dutch settlers and Native Americans of the 1600s. It was wonderfully done, making me feel as if I was there, tasting the delicacies Sophie cooked up.

And, Camden masterfully wove her theme verse (“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.” -Matthew 5:8) throughout the story, showing how the Word of God can be both an anchor and a sail, holding you tight and setting you free. Beautiful.

I would definitely recommend you pick up a copy of Until the Dawn. It was a lovely read – one of those books whose images and emotions will stick with me.

Many thanks to Bethany House for the free copy of this book for review purposes. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own! 🙂 And a wishes for a Happy New Year to Amy Green and all the team at Bethany House – thanks for keeping us reviewers in good books!

And, of course, wishing all of you who have been so wonderful to follow this blog and read my reviews a VERY happy 2016. Here’s praying you have a blessed year and lots of good reading ahead! God be with you all!

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