If you knew he was the right one for you, how long would you wait for him? Even though he promised he would return and marry you soon, a year later he sends a short letter to you, telling you he will not be returning, and he wishes you well in your life. Would you still hold out hope that he might someday return?
The publisher’s blurb:
It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.
Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.
Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.
What I thought of it:
I didn’t want to put this book down! It’s not a simple girl-meets-boy, girl-loses-boy, boy-comes-back-and-wins-girl-over-again story. Not at all. Both Jenny and Ryan have secrets, ones Jenny doesn’t want to tell and ones Ryan wishes he could tell Jenny. This atmosphere fosters a sense of mistrust between the two, no matter how badly they wish it to be otherwise.
Forgiveness, both of others and of things both Jenny and Ryan have done in the past, is a very strong theme in this book. The desire to have past sins against others forgiven, the need to forgive another and the struggle when trust in each other is floundering and forgiveness of the other person seems to float farther and farther out of reach.
What they need is time, too – but will they get it? Ryan has a chance to leave his secret mission in Japan and remain in California, but he has to train his replacement first. His replacement, while absolutely brilliant and well-suited for the assignment, has one huge obstacle before him: his addiction to opium. If Ryan can’t wean him off the drug and teach him all he needs to know before it’s time to return to Japan, Ryan will be the one to leave for Japan for good.
This is a great read, one that will keep you turning pages, I think. Looking forward to more novels from Elizabeth Camden.
**I was sent this copy from Bethany House in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**