If you enjoy suspense, history and a dash of romance, I’d suggest that you pick up Elizabeth Ludwig’s newest novel “No Safe Harbor”, Book One of the Edge of Freedom series. This was the first novel of Ludwig’s that I have read and I promise that it won’t be the last.
Set in New York City in 1897, Irishwoman Cara Hamilton takes her first step on American soil with a determination to find her twin brother, whom she’d believed to be dead for the past two years. Aside from the Ellis Island inspector, dashing and charming Rourke Walsh is the first person she meets. He graciously volunteers to help Cara navigate her way through the city to find her boardinghouse, a fact that leaves an impression on Cara.
However, Rourke is not all that he seems. As determined as Cara is to find her long lost twin, Rourke is just as equally determined to avenge the death of his father, who died at the hands of Eoghan Hamilton: Cara’s twin brother. He knows that if he can gain the trust of Cara, she will eventually lead him to her brother. But what he doesn’t expect is the feelings that start to harbor in his heart. Can he look past the hatred for Eoghan to embrace Cara?
I’ll admit, I didn’t care for Rourke in the beginning. I honestly thought he was just using to Cara to find her brother, which at first he was, but I was relieved that he was able to look past that. A satisfying read, I look forward to Book Two and what I’m assuming will be more centered around Eoghan’s story.
I reviewed this novel for Bethany House Publishers and the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance. The thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2012)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies, which she co-authored with Janelle Mowery, earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year honors. This book was followed in 2009 by “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” part of a Christmas anthology collection called Christmas Homecoming, also from Barbour Publishing.
In 2010, her first full-length historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned Four Stars from the Romantic Times. Books two and three of Elizabeth’s mystery series, Died in the Wool (Barbour Publishing) and Inn Plain Sight (Spyglass Lane), respectively, released in 2011.
Coming in 2012 is Elizabeth’s newest historical series from Bethany House Publishers. No Safe Harbor, the first book in the Edge of Freedom Series, will release in October, with two more books following in 2013 and 2014.
Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Her popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book, enjoyed a wide readership in its first full year, with more than 17,000 visitors in 2011. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in the great state of Texas.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Thrill of Romantic Suspense Meets the Romance of 1800s America
Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she’d thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend–Rourke Walsh.
Despite her brother’s warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara’s desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke’s true intentions come to light.