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.
I’ve never had the pleasure of reading Elizabeth Ludwig before and I know that will soon be changing, I jumped right into No Safe Harbor and became swept up in Cara’s story of finding her brother and arriving in America – alone and with no prospects. The book really kept me guessing as to who was the ‘bad guy’ and even, as surprising as it was, the ‘bad girl’ – there’s one in every group I suppose. Rourke, who isn’t really Rourke struggles with the fact that he knows Cara is lying to him but he also knows that is hypocritical since he’s lying to her as well – it seems revenge is all the rage among the immigrants to America. One can also imagine the thrill of clearing through Ellis Island and seeing the Statue of Liberty for the first time.
With that being said, as the story progresses and as Rourke’s and Cara’s feelings for each other deepens there is quite a bit of kissing that goes on – but it goes no further than that – and as one keeps reading one realizes that it’s not some passing fancy and that they are both truly in love despite of their circumstances, or maybe because of their circumstances. While both of them purport to have a deep faith it seems that it grows through the book and it becomes stronger the further one reads – which is a true delight as well. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story and look forward to more in the Edge of Freedom series from Elizabeth Ludwig – another bonus for me, were the historical details that were thrown in, such as the tenement housing and the filth that was ever present and even the burning of Ellis Island, which I had not known of before!
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