Title: Until the Dawn
Author: Elizabeth Camden
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication date: December 1st, 2015
Synopsis: “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?”
Ms. Camden’s newest release, Until the Dawn, follows the events and setting first introduced in Toward the Sunrise, an e-novella released in October 2015. Sophie van Riijn’s mother worked as the cook at Dierenpark, the Vandermark family’s mansion and estate located in the Hudson River Valley. As long as Sophie can remember, the mansion has been abandoned by its owners, left under the care of a very small staff. Since her mother’s death, Sophie has volunteered her services at the estate as cook, while running a volunteer weather station for the newly-formed Weather Bureau on the mansion’s roof. When members of the Vandermark family suddenly descend on Dierenpark with the express purpose of demolishing it, Sophie must do everything in her power to save it. Suddenly, the woman with her own tragic history becomes a light to a family otherwise without hope, as the secrets of Dierenpark and the reasons for the Vandermarks’ sixty-year desertion of the property are revealed. Abundant wealth, rumors, suspicions of murder & a family curse has plagued the Vandermark Family ever since their arrival in the United States many years ago.
Overall, I was absolutely delighted with Until the Dawn. I give it 4 out of 5 starts
FTC disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.