Thursday, October 18, 2018

Toward the Sunrise: A book review

Part of what I love about reading Elizabeth Camden's books is the way she weaves educational information into each story. Each of her protagonists has an interesting job such as translator for the Navy, telegrapher for a news agency, or accountant for a large engineering project, and each of these jobs is at the cutting edge for the era in which the book is set. Toward the Sunrise is no different - prepare to learn about raising goats and be entertained in the mean time.

Having read and enjoyed Until the Dawn, I was pleased to discover the prequel novella, Toward the Sunrise. Despite being a short book, the characters are well-developed, and I could related to them immediately. The opening scene with Julia grabbed me from its first sentence, “Sometimes ten seconds is all it takes to change the course of a life.” How very true and an incredible way to start the story. Ashton is a complex characters and a fish-out-of-water when he arrives at the farm. Julia and Ashton are two sides of the same coin in their tenacity, drive to reach their goals, and senses of humor. Plot twists kept me reading, and I was pleased to finish the book in one sitting. Easily read as a stand-alone, Toward the Sunrise adds depth to Until the Dawn. Highly recommended.

At the time of this writing, the Kindle version of Toward the Sunrise is available for free on Amazon. Here is the link:

Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone's throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. Visit for information about her books. To receive Love's Bloom, the free prequel to Love's Harvest, sign up for her newsletter