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Until the Dawn

de Elizabeth Camden

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"In 1898, an abandoned mansion overlooking the Hudson River Valley proves a refuge and resource for Sophie van Riijn in her volunteer work for the Weather Bureau until Quentin Vandermark, a long-lost heir of the estate, shows up"--
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I enjoyed this book of historical fiction although it's not set around a major historical event. Sophie was quite a determined character and not afraid to speak her mind, but she also had a faith that was infectious. The setting sounded beautiful and I learned a bit about how chocolate is made. ( )
  eliorajoy | May 17, 2020 |
From a spiritual standpoint, the book is all right. I do admire stories about sharing your faith with others. Sophie is a woman of faith as well as determination.

All spiritual matters aside, I felt that the book was lacking something. The characters were okay, but nothing phenomenal.

I just don't see myself continuing on with the series. ( )
  caslater83 | Sep 20, 2018 |
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I haven't read much Christian Fiction, but I needed a story like "Until the Dawn" at this time of year. It's a story about a bitter man (Quentin Vanedermark) who learns to love life and people again, and I adored Sophie Van Riin's character.I couldn't put the book down. I thought that Elizabeth Camden did a great job in developing the story of the paradise known as Dierenpark and the "Vandermark curse" where Elizabeth Camden has seamlessly weaved in Archaeology, Cooking, languages, travel and medical, natural and climate science- all in one book. I certainly didn't like Quentin initially, but I loved his son, Pieter.
I enjoyed the understated Romance in the book and came away with a wonderful feeling of joy by the end of the story.
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  urph818 | Dec 30, 2017 |
Sophie van Riijn is a volunteer for the newly formed Weather Bureau. She has placed her equipment atop Dierenpark, an abandoned mansion located on a cliff in the Hudson River Valley. Supposedly, this mansion is the subject of many rumors and hints of mystery that have plagued the owners for decades. She loves this place and loves the haunting beauty of the land.
Elizabeth Camden has written a lovely story in “Until the Dawn” about this magical but mysterious place.

When the current Vandermark owner arrives unannounced with his son and entourage, he promptly fires everyone who has worked on keeping the estate running and in good condition. He is a grumpy, hard man who has the intention of destroying the mansion and all its goods in order to rid his family of the so-called “curse”. Sophie has her work cut out for her, trying to persuade Quentin Vandermark to permit the collection of data for the weather bureau and to keep Dierenpark intact.

I enjoyed this story. There were so many interesting facts about the plot that kept my interest, not to mention the interaction of the vivacious Sophie with the brooding Quentin. Ms. Camden has a way with words that in describing the mansion and its property, I could actually see it in my mind.

I received a print copy of this book from Bethany House in return for my honest review. You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-it. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com. I have posted a review on Goodreads.com at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1486265399, and on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/review/RJMMLH434ZNVB. ( )
  SilverShrew | Oct 27, 2017 |
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Until the Dawn by Elizabeth Camden, © 2015
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.

North of New Holland, 1898. Early each morning, Sophie van Riijn arrives at the Dierenpark mansion high above the Hudson River, to calculate the weather readings to telegraph to Washington to the Weather Bureau. Nine years she has been collecting the data to send each day; rain, storm, or shine. There is a groundskeeper, Emil Broeder, and a housekeeper, Florence Hengeveld, who have maintained the abandoned Vandermark estate for several decades, that it not lay in ruins.

The tourists come to buy postcards and Dutch cookie treats, painters come to fill their canvases ~ Sophie comes for a respite from the clamor of the small village of New Holland where her father runs a hotel and is the local mayor. How she loves the scent of the open water blowing across the breeze, and the flowers... There is a cove where oysters bed and lilies bloom, quite unordinary for other places in the area. A quiet paradise. That is until the summer day a steamboat from Manhattan brought sightseers, and the tour guide unknowingly told his embellished tale to young Pieter, the great-grandson of Nickolaas Vandermark, the last occupant sixty years earlier.

Pieter and his father, Quentin Vandermark, have arrived to stay.

This is an intertwining story of the remarkable village girl who soothes the angst of these newer generations of Vandermarks, far beyond what they might have imagined. Used to hearing superstition and grave losses to their family line, they are query to her attendance to them. An excellent cook, the aromas coming from their kitchen bid them come, however wary at first. Her constant peace is uneasy to Quentin, through his constant years of physical pain and anguish.

A settling comes, as Quentin begins to speak with Sophie as much as he would like to stay away. Years of turmoil is not easily left behind.

***Thank you to author Elizabeth Camden and to Bethany House Publishers for sending a copy of Until the Dawn to me for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.*** ( )
  lanehillhouse | Mar 8, 2016 |
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