This is NOT a "whodunit" mystery with clues and all the rest. It's an Irish "Hatfields and McCoys" type of thing with misunderstandings and misinformation about who killed whom. The romance is predictable, sappy, and nauseating. The characters are flat and melodramatic. This ebook was disappointing given the good reviews I read. On the plus side, there is a bit about forgiveness and faith in the story.
There is absolutely nothing like a good romance, a good mystery, and the gospel all tied together. Yes, this book hit the mark with absolutely no problem. From the very first page all the way through the end, I was mesmerized. Elizabeth Ludwig is one of my favorite authors, and this is a book that will keep you completely intrigued and enthralled. The style is readable, and the characters are 3-dimensional.
There are two things I especially relished in this book. Rarely do I get to read a mystery that takes place in the 1800's. It takes a historian to be able to do it, but the author has done it. It makes sense, and it will keep you guessing till the end--it sure did me! I also love the Christian message that is so intricately woven into the framework of the story. All too often, Christian authors preach or only nominally include the Christian message. It takes a gifted author to weave faith of God into the very fabric of the story without detracting from the story. Elizabeth Ludwig is amazing!
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Cara Hamilton is lured to America from Ireland by a letter from her brother. Relieved to know Eoghan is alive, she arrives in a strange, new land, anxious to find her brother. Despite Eoghan's warnings to speak to no one, she finds herself in a budding friendship with the tenacious Rourke Walsh. With Eoghan's words ringing in her ears, she proceeds cautiously with her new acquaintances. But before long, she realizes that things are not as they seem, and the land of opportunity quickly becomes the land of danger.
For every step Cara comes closer to finding Eoghan, she begins to trust Rourke a little more. But as the truth of her intentions in coming to America - and the truth about her brother - begins to surface; Rourke's real reason for getting to know Cara better threatens to be revealed as well. Will Cara and Rourke be able to find Eoghan? Or have the sands of time run out for both of them?
This wonderful novel comes to us from a well-known mystery/suspense writer, Elizabeth Ludwig. I loved everything about this book; the characters with the way they kept my interest in every detail of their lives, the setting of a young Irish woman coming to America, and the plot with it's twists and turns. I cheered with them when they succeeded, and I cried when they didn't. In the end, it was a very satisfying read, and I hope you will enjoy it every bit as much as I did.
A copy of this book was provided by Bethany House Publishers for free in exchange for an honest review.
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 set's her story in New York during the 1890's, 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 brother's 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.
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 sides' 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.