Review: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig


NO SAFE HARBOR (Edge of Freedom Book #1)
Elizabeth Ludwig
Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: October 1, 2012

From back cover:

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?

The gorgeous cover for NO SAFE HARBOR was what initially drew me to this book. It has that atmospheric, period piece feel to it that hooked me immediately, and after I read the blurb — danger, intrigue, Ellis Island immigrants — I knew it would be just the kind of book I’d enjoy. I love suspense mixed with romance, especially when tied to interesting time periods and rich historical detail.

NO SAFE HARBOR has all that and more! The plot is rife with lies, deception, betrayal and a secret political faction that is working hard to secure Ireland’s independence. As Cara searches for her brother in the unfamiliar streets of New York City, she is completely alone. Not knowing who to trust, she tries to unravel her brother’s mysterious disappearance and cryptic correspondence on her own. But the closer she gets to answers, the more dangerous the search becomes.

With a charming romance between Cara and Rourke and great secondary characters that bring the story to life, NO SAFE HARBOR is a worthwhile inspirational romantic suspense. Although there were times when I felt the pacing of the book was too slow and information took too long to be revealed, for any one who loves history with a healthy dose of political intrigue, NO SAFE HARBOR is a great read.



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