No Safe Harbor, Edge of Freedom Series #1
No Safe Harbor
You arrive on Ellis Island just off the coast of New York in 1897. You have no family left in Ireland and the only link to the last member of your family is a letter. A letter that tells you to trust no one and to tell no one who you really are. Ludwig setÃ¢ÂÂs her story in New York during the 1890Ã¢ÂÂs, a time where feuding Irish families have spanned an ocean and where grudges can hold a life in the balance.
No Safe Harbor begins with a note of suspense that will not end until the last page. Cara Hamilton, the main character, has come to America to find her brother, a brother that she had thought dead. She arrives with his letter in tow, the instructions: wait for him and tell no one why you have come. She must keep her brotherÃ¢ÂÂs secret for his safety and for her own. But then she meets Rourke Walsh, a man with secrets of his own. But his desire to help her and watch out for her make her want to trust him with her secret. But can she?
I found this to be an excellent story full of twists and turns. It was suspenseful, romantic, and kept me guessing until the end. The characters were realistic and the subplots of other characters were woven in so well with the main plot it was never confusing. I highly recommend this book and I can hardly wait until the next book of the series.
July 10, 2013
Worth the Wait
No Safe Harbor
Book Summary: 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?
Book Review: The cover of this book is what drew me in first. I really was looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. I liked Cara and Ana. The premise and some of the details was complex regarding the civil unrest in Ireland. I was not always clear about who was on which side. Overall there seemed to be no good side that at some point in civil issues everyone loses something tangible as in the case of this book families were separated and/or divided. I loved the characters and how complex they were on the whole. The current secondary characters set up nicely for the next in the series. The mystery dragged at times and I am hopeful that it was due to setting up the series and the future characters which would help make all of them flow together. I think the real mystery was more subtle than Eoghan on the run from his civil enemies. This is a timely novel about significant division in a nation and the sidesÃ¢ÂÂ people choose.
I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
July 1, 2013
The third in the Husbands for Hire series the mine is being riddled by mysterious explosions and cave ins. Along comes Michael, a carpenter in search of a safe place for his son away from his overbearing in-laws. But Michael isn't looking for love, especially after being roped into a marriage of convenience in the past. But he and Naomi find themselves drawn together amidst the turmoil at the mine, made even worse by Naomi's manipulative sister coming to town. Will they ever be able to make sense of all the chaos?
If you've read the other two books, I'm sure that this is a must-read! I came into the series with this third installment, so it did take me awhile to figure out what was going on. But when I did, I found this to have an engaging plot and plenty going on, with many twists and turns.
What made this book hard for me to read was just how horrible Naomi's sister was, she was a character that readers will probably love to hate. The main characters were strong, and I really liked Michael and Naomi and they both struggled to thrive in the midst of adversity and people that made their lives miserable.
Overall, a good way to tie up the ends of a series. I think my favorite character was Michael, because he had a calm leadership about him, and a strong faith. There were some pretty humorous situations, that were just the funniest to picture mentally. A great introduction to Kelly Eileen Hake's books.
I received this ebook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
May 6, 2013
Beyond My Expectations!
No Safe Harbor was given to me by the lovely people at bethany house for the purpose of a review. They are excellent and even want negative reviews to be posted. However, this book definately exceeded my expectations. I thought when I recieved it that it would be a wholesome Christian novel that depicts a life that is completely unattainable.
When I began to read it I quickly was sucked into the twists and turns of the "historical suspense" of the book. Always wondering who Cara (the main character) could and couldn't trust. The story takes place about 100 years ago and the english (and Irish slang) was dead on, allowing the characters to really be built up in my mind.
Cara's love for God is not forgotten in this story and it is what carries her through in many instances. She is also "human" and questions God at certain times and then feels guilty afterwards as she knows He has a plan for her life.
This story was more than a story, it really was a look back into history, vigilanty justice and how God was the dictator of most peoples lives, unlike today.
March 5, 2013