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No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom) Paperback – October 1, 2012
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As she steps off the boat at Ellis Island in the opener to Ludwig’s new Edge of Freedom series, Irish lass Cara Hamilton beckons readers to join her as she searches for her brother, Eoghan, whom she had once believed to be dead. In keeping with the social climate in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, Cara confronts the hardships associated with being a young, unchaperoned Irish woman as she attempts to find her place. When a seemingly trustworthy countryman named Rourke befriends her, Cara is guarded but eventually reveals the truth about her immigration. An evolving series of twists and turns uncovers the truth about her brother, and about Rourke, forcing Cara to make hard decisions to save those she loves. Praised for her past works of historical fiction, Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance, interlaced with period detail, as desperation to find her family takes Cara down a hazardous road to loved ones lost and found. --Elizabeth Ponder
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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?
"Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance." --Booklist
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This book left me feeling like the entire plot was a waste, or a side-story.
The dialogue, costumes and scenery of this historical romance were all quite true-to-life and historically accurate. While some of the events were a bit fuzzy, due to my ignorance of the politics of the time, the character development and action more than made up for it. It's not one of those sappy love stories that dwells too much on the characters' affection for one another. I love the twists and turns in the plot that kept me guessing to the end. Although the book is apparently part of a series, it does not leave you hanging too much at the end, so it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
This is a great e-book to read on the go. Just make sure you have enough extended time to read in several back-to-back settings, or you won't be able to tear yourself away.