Saturday, December 12, 2015

Until the Dawn Review

 About the Book
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? (Goodreads)

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Elizabeth Camden and was SO excited to read this book! Camden has a way with words, history, and extraordinary characters and this book was wonderful. I won't say it's my favorite that she has written, but it is still a five star read. 
I loved the setting of Dierenpark and the mystery surrounding the odd circumstances of the story line. I thought it was interesting how we see more of Quentin's point of view and his life than we do of Sophie which I thought was nice. Many times you only see the woman's point of view and with his it adds another layer to the character that you wouldn't otherwise understand. Another topic broached in this book is the thought of an atheist versus a Christian. I think Camden did a good job explaining Christianity but I'm not sure she wrapped it up in a way I agree with. I felt like something was missing on that topic. So that was a slight disappointment. But otherwise I thoroughly enjoyed this story.   
If you haven't read any of her books, you should! I enjoyed this story and highly recommend!

"I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review."

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