Saturday, September 29, 2012

{Review} No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig


Edge of Freedom #1
by Elizabeth Ludwig
Publication Date: October 1, 2012
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pages/Format: 336; Paperback & e-book
Source: ARC

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.
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Elizabeth Ludwig brings readers to 1890's America where Irish immigrant, Cara Hamilton, is alone in America and searching for the only bit of hope life has left her. No Safe Harbor is a historical fiction romance full of suspense, secrets, and mystery.

Ludwig's excellent writing brings reality to this fictional tale. Cara's vulnerability when arriving alone in an unfamiliar country reaches out and grabs your heartstrings. When Rourke rolls around lending a helpful hand it seems like fate, until his intentions become known as less than generous. Switching between perspectives of the main players of this novel is a great way to keep readers engaged in the turn of events. While we may know what's going on, true intentions are still hidden until Ludwig is ready to reveal all.

The suspense is light but saturated throughout the whole novel. Tension radiates from Cara as she tries to keep her secrets close to her heart while searching for her brother. Her searching gives her insight into the political unrest of Ireland that found its way to America. I liked that the story didn't just focus on the budding romance between Cara and Rourke, or the dislike that radiated from one of Cara's housemates. The historical fiction aspect is very prominent in the plot and helps you feel as though you've been transported back in time over a hundred years.

No Safe Harbor is just the beginning of the Edge of Freedom series and it's extremely exciting to see how Ludwig will continue the plot!
*ARC provided from publisher through LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review*

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