Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella

Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella

by Elizabeth Camden

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

What Ashton does not expect are a scathing reprimand from none other than the Vandermark family patriarch and the bewildering resistance from Julia herself when he's forced to change his tune. At an impasse, Ashton and Julia are unprepared for 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441269829
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/06/2015
Series: Until the Dawn Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 8,190
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Elizabeth Camden is the author of seven books and a RITA and Christy Award winner. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Visit her website at
Elizabeth Camden is the author of 11 historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at

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Toward the Sunrise: An Until the Dawn Novella 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, clean, sweet read. 129 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Julia was tossed out of medical school. Ashton is the young lawyer who must get her back in. He goes to see her while she is working on a goat farm. They work a week together and discover their attachment to each other. Ashton returns to his job in New York and Julia returns to school and future as a missionary doctor. Will this be the end of their life together? Well written story. Couldn't put the book down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She surprised me and I like the ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent! A very good book!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book less than 100 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a very good book that is well written and I highly recommend it. I'm looking forward to reading her other books because she has become one of my favorite authors .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Abosutely inthralling! I couldn’t put it down !,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am in love with Elizabeth Camden's books! She is very talented and God gave her a great gift. Read this book!!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really, really enjoyed this book - good author!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
A beautiful novella about a young woman studying to be a doctor. She is everything a heroine should be, brave and hard working. Her young man has so much in common with her. It was fun to see them find their way to each other through a goat farm. This delightful story ends with an excellent segue to the next book which I will be starting immediately.
Sparrowhawk24 More than 1 year ago
Toward the Sunrise was an adequately good start to the Until Dawn series. The plot is tight and well-written and the character’s made a fairly good introduction. My only gripe with the novel was with its otherwise torpid pacing. That aside, lovers of whimsical historical fiction will delight in this charming tale about tolerance and ambition without bounds ― it was okay. ___________________________________ WHAT I LIKED + The plot was by far my favorite aspect of the story. There was a deep entanglement between moral integrity and ethical standards that really piqued my interest. This along with the setting ― a time when US universities were just beginning to open their doors to women ― added an extra layer of complexity to the plot. Plus, the conflict over values and tolerance ― tolerance that extends to controversial views was even more enthralling. I was very impressed with how well the conflicts unfolded and with how fittingly things were resolved in the end. + The characters were well-rounded and likable (for the most part) and we get enough sense of personality for each one. My favorite character was clearly Julia Broeder – the strong-headed protagonist who expressed herself so freely despite the repercussions. Mind you, these repercussions served as valuable life lessons; thus, there was a sense of depth and growth. And she was ever only condescending when someone needed to be put in their place. Even more amusing was Ashton Carlyle – Julia’s love interest. I found his propensity for fashion and recognition to be quite comical when paired with the unconventional and audacious Julia Broeder; needless to say, their banter was just as engrossing. She was a country bumpkin and he was a Yale-trained attorney who seemed to find her interest in Marco Polo amusing. + Most of the story builds around Julia and Ashton’s romance which I found to be passive, albeit it felt more like camaraderie than a real love story, still there are no objections in my part! I would rather a love story founded on friendship with a slow-build than a heavy dose of insta-love. Suffice it to say, the ending surrounding their romantic relationship was so incredibly sweet I hope they make an appearance in future books within the series. WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE - As aforementioned the pacing was sluggish – there were prolonged outcomes, there wasn’t enough uncertainty to make me want to keep reading, and some of the scenes were bogged down with unnecessary descriptions and details. - As for the other characters in the prose? They’re more of a mixed bag; mainly because they don’t really get anywhere to grow attached to them – to be fair, the book is only nine chapters long . Even so, it behooves me to say that the redundant sentences that reiterate how painstakingly beautiful Sophie is and how people hopelessly swooned over her did grate on my nerves. Full review @
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BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
When a rash decision threatens Julia's dreams, she seeks help from the one person who can help her. Ashton Carlyle, attorney to the business tycoon Nickolaas Vandermark. It is 1897 and Julia Broeder longs to become a physician and travel the world as a medical missionary. But when she makes a hasty decision and is expelled from college, she watches as her dreams crumble before her. The Vandermarks have always taken wonderful care of her family and she beseeches Ashton Carlyle for his help. Reluctant to help at first, Ashton spends more time with Julia and sees the potential that she carries as a medical missionary. Will Julia see her dreams become a reality or will she find a new dream? "You are going to change the world wherever you go. Don't give up now." This is the first book that I have read by Elizabeth Camden and I was not disappointed. This book made me laugh on multiple occasions. There are a few mentions of goats in this story, and I raised goats growing up. I was thoroughly impressed by the detail and accuracy in which she described the goats. It was fun to read! I could also relate with Julia in the fact that I have made decisions in the past that were hasty and not thought through. Having to live with the consequences, both the good and the bad, I understand the inner turmoil in which she finds herself. In the end this story was a good reminder to fight for our dreams and not to give up just because we found a bump in the road. I am looking forward to reading Until the Dawn.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Toward the Sunrise is a sweet fast novella, and a page-turner at that. We are at the end of the nineteenth century and we have a young woman in college near the end of her degree of becoming a doctor. Not only is Julia on the cutting edge of being a woman doctor, she has way too much spunk for one so young. There is something strange about the way she was able to afford to go to medical school. Her father was a groundskeeper at the Vandermark estate, and for some reason one of the lawyers for the Vandermark’s, Ashton Carlyle, is told to do all possible to help her. In the end I wondered if she was ever going to get a medical degree, or maybe a Veterinarian? She ends up helping dogs and goats, and Ashton ends up doing a lot more than he thought he would in order to make her dreams come true. There is also a beginning of a new book that is coming out featuring a character we meet named Sophia. I really enjoyed reading this and was done way to soon! I received this Novella through Bethany House Publishers and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago