I've seen many negative reviews about this book on this site... I'm surprised! Yes, there are elements in the book that Outlander fans could say, "been there, done that", but "Dawn on a Distant Shore" doesn't mimic nor imitate Outlander. Admittedly, it took a bit for me to become captivated, but I enjoyed the ride. The main characters reveal more of themselves and their past lives... all in character. Newer characters to the story take on deeper nuances.Suspending belief is part of what fiction is all about. You can't have really good secrets or mysteries without it. And yes, there's a bit of neatly tied bow around the package at the story's end. But hey, it's fiction, right? And it's the journey of HOW we got there that counts... and this journey is well worth the taking.