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Until the Dawn

(Until The Dawn #1)

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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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published December 1st 2015 by Bethany House (first published November 24th 2015)
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✨ Gramy ✨
This saga was a clean and wholesome journey filled with life lessons, faith, and strength. It depicts life in another time and place, without the comforts of the present era.

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
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I’ve learned something exciting! For a while, I’ve wondered how I can enjoy reading so much without being conscious of the identity of my favorite author. I’ve WANTED to know who it is! This month, I’ve decided that it absolutely must be Elizabeth Camden. After loving my first Camden book years ago ( The Lady of Bolton Hill), recently adoring With Every Breath and now loving this one, it’s official. Ms. Camden is indeed my favorite. She strikes an awesome balance between a lovely romance an ...more
I loved this one! The mystery was truly interesting, with a few first-rate twists near the end. I loved, also, that the romance was mostly understated instead of being the driving force behind the characters. I also loved that Sophie was not afraid to stand up for herself and her beliefs.

I did notice a number of little things that just made the characters seem a trifle too modern at times, and one of the excuses of crime seemed slightly stretched, to me, since I've recently studied a bit about t
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Each new book I read of Elizabeth Camden’s becomes my new favorite of hers. Then, when I’m done I like to put the book right back in my TBR pile because I want to read it again. It was no different with her latest, Until Dawn. Y’all….this was an absolute delight to read.

With a mystery guiding the story (one that was not only creative, but unexpected), this book was fabulous. I think my fellow historical fans will love this one as much as I did.

I really loved Sophie’s character. She’s a great ex
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This book has the ultimate dark versus light component that makes for a thrilling read. I can't say that I really liked the hero when he's first introduced but that's to be expected since he is in desperate need of some good in his life and soul! Sophie becomes that light to his life and also helps show him the light of God for his soul. I loved Sophie! She had a lot of character and strength. In spite of the sorrow she has experienc
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: made-me-cry
This was another 3.5....And perhaps this was just because I'm a writer but there were times I pouted at the lost chances to really execute something to its full potential, making it a 3 for me and yet, past chapter 4 I was turning pages to the end despite the late hour and the fact I knew there would be no nap to be had the next day, therefore I round up to 4 stars :) The story is Quentin's. He's most likely the hardest, least likeable hero I've come across in Christian fiction and yet if it was ...more
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
The mystery about the house was compelling. The truth came out in layers and was well done.

The romance between Quentin and Sophie was less compelling. Their romance was slow to grow, which was completely understandable. However, the spark that finally came was more like a sparkler than a firework show grand finale.

Sophie's relationship with Pieter was sweet and she was a great influence on him and his love of science.

The thread of the weather bureau started heavy and then tapered off drastica
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book. The plot was incredible and brought me out of a reading slump that has lasted all summer. I would have given it another star, except I felt the spiritual "aha moment" was very vague. With Christian fiction this doesn't always bother me because I understand the author may feel like they're preaching to the choir when it comes to the Gospel. However, with this book I felt it was an intricate part of the story, so I felt like it should have been given clearly. That being s ...more
I really liked this story about a bitter man who learns to love life and people again, and I couldn't put it down because I just had to find out the story behind the "Vandermark curse". I also loved how Elizabeth Camden seamlessly weaved in archaeology, languages, travel and medical, natural and climate science- all in one book. I was so intrigued the whole way through by these topics.

I didn't like it as much as "Against the Tide" or "With Every Breath", but I definitely enjoyed it.
This is really a 4 1/2 star review. Not quite a 5, reasons at the bottom.
Sophie van Riijn has two dreams, to be a wife and mother, and to be a meteorologist of sorts. She has a weather station on the roof of a long abandoned grand estate called Dierenpark, to report conditions to the government on a volunteer basis. Her desire is to have a true monitoring station in New Holland. As for her desire to be married, she's been engaged three times, but fiance's death or break-ups ended them, and now s
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
I was very excited when I read the author's book With Every Breath because I felt like I had found a new writer to enjoy. So, as I looked forward to reading her other books, I picked up this book. The first two-thirds of this book were very good. Camden is a talented writer, and tells an interesting, engaging story. However, the last third of the book became preachy, proselytizing, and delivered the religious message with all the subtlety of a jackhammer. Therefore, I took off a star for the hea ...more
I'm so glad I was able to read another one of Elizabeth's books - she is such a "solid" author in that so far I've enjoyed each book of hers that I've read (although I've only read 4 at this point, but that's still a good record).

In Until the Dawn, we have compelling characters, a superbly written setting and a plot that kept me engaged more and more as I read. Sophie and Quentin are so opposite, and at first I had trouble feeling any chemistry between them. They aren't my favorite as a couple,
I enjoyed this book! All the talk of recipes and food made me want to join in with the characters for meals. :)

The aspect of tracking the weather in the set time period was new to me and I loved learning about that!

I also liked how the main character wasn't afraid to share her faith and stood by her beliefs. The little boy in the story was really cute and it was great to see how all the relationships developed and the romance wasn't even the main focus all the time and I LOVED that!

Only one thi
Sarah Monzon
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like the author deserves a bravery medal for writing this book. I know that vague, but that’s where I’m gonna leave it.
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“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
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I knew from the start that this book would have a different "feel" than the other books that I've read by this author, and I was right.Until the Dawn had a more prominent religious theme, for one thing (which I didn't mind at all) and the setting/mood seemed a little different, too.

Sophie was such a sweet, refreshing heroine! I've read a few reviews that said she was a naive Mary Sue character whose incessant cheerfulness was unrealistic and annoying; this offended me. Being cheerful and nice to
I really liked this book! It's probably not for everyone (the Heroine being a bit Pollyanna-ish) but I enjoyed it thouroghly. I especially enjoyed her old fashioned recipes that she prepared in mouth watering detail.
After a life filled with one tragedy after another the hero had become icy, cold and cruel (and it didn't help his temperament at all that there was a curse hanging over the family for centuries).
I have always liked cold brooding heroes in romance novels that finally have a life
Jun 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
First 80%: five stars
Last 20%: zero stars

***This review will contain spoilers***

Short version: This novel would have much benefitted from more sex and less (pseudo)religion.

Long version: I bought this novel immediately after finishing the prequel novella, Toward the Sunrise. I was eager to learn more about the mysteries of the Dierenpark estate, and to read about the romance of difficult millionaire Quentin Vandermark and the sweet and beautiful Sophie van Rijin. The premise sounded right down m
Reet Champion
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sophie van Riijn gets the shock of her life when the Vandermark family returns to Dierenpark, after a more than half a century long absence. And not only that but they have apparently returned with the only purpose being to destroy the beautiful mansion. With so many bad memories associated with the residence it isn't a wonder but to obliterate the property sends the town into shock. Least of all Sophie. As a volunteer for the Weather Bureau the mansion is also the perfect place to gather the ne ...more
Rating: 3.5/5

Camden's stories, are in general, wonderfully rich with interesting characters and a lot of history. Her characters' opinions may not be something that I agree with and/or apply, but they're very well done considering the genre, and the time period she's writing in.

The reason why I'm hesitant to give this book a full four stars is that towards the end, I started zoning out whenever the characters' were reflecting or having an inner monologue. Now, while I understand that with the w
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have no doubts now! Elizabeth Camden has to be hands down my utmost favorite author! I’m convinced that I must have all her books on pre-order because I already know that they are going to be absolutely AWESOME!!

I can truly say that this book was the author’s way of stepping out of her comfort zone because the story was so different which is always a very good thing in my opinion. I love it when an author can step outside themselves and always bring life and new excitement to their novels. Thi
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
SO satisfying! The hero is less than likeable, but as his faith grows, so does his attractiveness. Sophie is almost TOO sweet, but as we get to know here, we learn about some of her struggles and how she has worked hard to overcome them and maintain her upbeat attitude. PLUS, this story made me hungry! Now I want to cook . . . and love . . . like Sophie.
A solid, safe, and clean read. If you're not a Christian, it might be a bit too preachy for you, but I happen to agree with a lot of what the h believed in this book so it didn't bother me. The h was a little annoying in the beginning, with her Mary Sueness, but her character definitely grew on me. I also found myself liking the poor H as the book progressed. The characterization was quite good, and this was a character driven story which made up for the slightly simplistic and humdrum plot.

Annie Hogle
Feb 03, 2019 rated it liked it
The story line of this book was a little weird and not like anything I had ever read! I did enjoy it, it just took me some time to GET INTO the story!
Sarah Vanscoyoc
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I really wish websites offered half-star ratings. Because 3 stars doesn’t do it justice, but I feel 4 is stretching my enjoyment a bit. So 3.5 would be my rating of choice. That being said, I did enjoy this book and found it quite engrossing, but there were a couple things that bothered me about it, as well, hence the indecision.
I personally adore historical fiction and Elizabeth Camden is by far one of my favorite authors in the genre. She’s known for unique characters and stories set in unusu
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book in the Christian historical fiction genre!

I like this book a lot. Being my first time to read Elizabeth Camden, she definitely impressed me with her knowledge of the historical time period and depth of interesting characters. And I have a lot to say about the book...

This isn't your average Christian fiction novella. It is complex in composition and has intense family drama (from generations back!) which consequently affects the lives of those in this story, in 1898. (This really dri
Paula Vince
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the type of plot where the main characters start off at odds, but we can understand both sides. Sophie has been involved in the caretaking of the property, Dierenpark, since she was a child, and is just doing what she's always done. Quentin is aghast at what appears to be the exploitation of his family's misfortune by those who work on the property. We know there are bound to be fireworks, but I loved the deeper aspects which kept being introduced.

There's the historical aspect. The story
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Originally posted here; https://athoughtreflected.wordpress.c...

Before driving headlong into this review, I think it’s only right that I list a few words of caution. By reading this novel, be prepared to experience:

1. Constantly hanging on to your seat.
2. Encountering some very amazing characters.
3. Being completely caught by surprise.
4. And finally, but most special of all, – when the very last page is turned – sighing with contentment.

There. Not so bad, right? ;)

There’s just something abou
Amanda Tero
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A mysterious old mansion. The family who returned to claim it. And the girl who refused to be kicked out of her haven.

I was swept into Sophie's tale immediately. She was a sweet and kind heroine (perhaps a little too perfect). Her part in Dierenpark was believable and unforced. It seemed natural the reasons she was allowed to stay. And then there's Quentin. He was a very interesting character whose progression from cynical to kind seemed fluent. From an analytic standpoint, his character was my
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“Sophie isn’t leaving,” Quentin asserted, his voice pure steel. “That woman sheds grace and light in every room she enters. Any man with a functional brain would try to catch a fragment of that grace and cherish it, rather than push her aside. I’m not sending her away. Were it in my power, I would cut the moon out of the sky and give it to her on a silver platter.” Her notebook dropped from her nerveless fingers, splatting open on the tile floor. Quentin whirled around to see her standing in the doorway. If he was embarrassed to have been overheard, he gave no sign of it. On the contrary, his eyes that had been sparking with anger gentled the instant he saw her. She glanced away, rocked by the protective expression on Quentin’s face. It shot straight to a vulnerable part deep inside and enveloped her with a sense of well-being. No man had ever spoken so passionately on her behalf, and a rush of wild, electrifying emotions stirred inside.” 1 likes
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