No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig is the first volume in Edge of Freedom series. The story is set in New York City in 1897 and right from the beginning there is a foreboding – a foreshadowing. Cara Hamilton arrives on Ellis Island, a brand new immigrant from Ireland. She had been told that her twin brother had died in Ireland. Two years after the death report she received a letter sent from America from her brother telling her to sail to New York as soon as possible. She was given strict instructions to make sure she does not trust or give any information to anyone. Her brother ambiguously said he would find her after she arrives.
Traveling alone, Cara has no connections and little money and has a need to accept help. Her brother was not waiting for her at Ellis Island and she must rely on strangers to recommend a boarding house and guide her to the correct location in the city. She also receives assistance with finding a job.
Cara must talk with the owner and other women at her boarding house and with only cryptic directions she does not know why her brother told her to trust no one. As the weeks go by she receives no communication from her brother. Out of necessity Cara gains acquaintances including Rourke, a young man who becomes her protector. But as the weeks go by the danger increases and Cara has no idea who she can trust.
Cara’s story is also a testimony to her reliance on God. As a new immigrant to America with no relatives or friends to meet her and assist her she completely trusts God to see her through. As the story progresses the suspense builds. I began to be suspicious of everyone with whom Cara came in contact. Until the end of the book I could not have advised her who to trust and who was an enemy.
No Safe Harbor is an exciting story that is a real page-turner. It is also a good reminder of God’s caring and protection. I definitely recommend this book.
I received this book from the publisher in return for a review. All opinions are my own.
About No Safe Harbor:
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?
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas.
Learn more at www.elizabethludwig.com.
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