Book Review: Toward the Sunrise

November 24, 2015


Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella
Elizabeth Camden
131 pages
kindle edition

From the Publisher:
Julia Broeder is only six months shy of graduating from the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania when one small decision spirals out of control and results in her expulsion. Hoping to travel the world as a missionary doctor, her only choice is to return back home…or throw herself upon the mercy of Ashton Carlyle. 

Formal and straight-laced, Ashton Carlyle is not pleased to see an expelled Julia arrive at his Manhattan office. His position as a junior attorney for the Vandermark family’s world-famous shipping empire entails taking care of the Broeders, longtime employees of the Vandermark family. But Ashton has no intention now of using his employer’s resources in defense of Julia’s impulsive and reckless actions.

What Ashton did not expect was a scathing reprimand from none other than the Vandermark family patriarch or the bewildering resistance from Julia herself when he’s forced to change his tune. At an impasse, Ashton and Julia never anticipated the revelations that arise or the adventure that awaits them.

In this novella, award-winning novelist Elizabeth Camden introduces readers to the world of the grand Hudson River Valley estate Dierenpark and the enigmatic Vandermark family. Includes an extended preview of Until the Dawn, Camden’s full-length Dierenpark novel.


I few weeks ago I work up at 4:30 am with the worst headache.  I took some medication but I couldn’t get back to sleep.  I decided to skip work that morning and take a little quiet time reading.  This little novella was the perfect fit.  

Actually I’ve been on quite a bit of a novella kick lately.  These short stories have been just what I need the last couple weeks.  Short, sweet and easy to read.  I can finish them in one setting.

I’ve read a lot of Camden’s novels in the past – they are always novels I enjoy.  Camden has a way of writing not just a historical romance novel – but adding so many rich details about history too.  I always come always feeling that I’ve learned a little something, as well as enjoyed a good fun novel too.

One other thing I love about Camden’s novels is her ability to come up with genuine and realistic characters.  Julia was such a strong woman character.  I loved that she worked so hard to follow her dreams.  She also didn’t back down or change her beliefs just because it might make life easier.  She wasn’t afraid of hard work.  And Ashton was just perfect.  I loved him.  The scene bellow made me laugh out loud.  I couldn’t help but love him.


This novella was short, but not too short.  It didn’t have big gaps or leave me wondering how we got from point a to point b.  It had some great development for a novella.  I can’t wait to keep reading more about the characters in this book!  

Have you ever read any of Elizabeth Camden’s books?  Which one is your favorite?

You can read this book for free right now (check the price to make sure it hasn’t changed) by clicking here.

And if you love Elizabeth Camden make sure you don’t’ miss her new book, Until the Dawn, which is released today!

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