Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

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"New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?"

No Safe Harbor was a pleasant surprise. Aye, it was more than I expected. First of all, I loved all the Irish references-- especially the accents! And the stubbornly determined Irish spirit, of course. Cara, Rourke, and the whole cast of secondary characters were made three-dimensional by the depth of  their pasts. The way in which almost all of their pasts intertwined was interesting to see unfold. And the Irish culture and the prominent place Irish politics played in the book intrigued me immensely.

The mystery plot was well done. I'd be close to thinking I understood the full mystery when the author would throw another surprise my way-- and they weren't little surprises, either. The romance portion was wonderful, as well. Surprisingly, it was believable-- something not many romances can claim to posses. And sweet. However, it was somewhat discouraging to see that a major factor in the change of heart in Rourke and his family towards Cara's brother, Eoghan, was the knowledge that Eoghan was most likely not responsible for their fellow kinsman Daniel's death. But this in no way detracted from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Towards the end, Elizabeth [Ludwig] really amped-up the pace. The ending was bittersweet, yet satisfying. I'm very eager to continue Eoghan's story, which Elizabeth mentioned we could expect in the next installment of the Edge of Freedom series. I am most definitely planning on reading the next book. This book proved to be a 5 star book and I'm sure the next one will be, as well. No Safe Harbor can be bought at Amazon.

** Much thanks to the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given**

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