Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

Title:  No Safe Harbor
Author:  Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher:  Bethany House
Format:  Softcover ($14.99) and Kindle ($9.99)
ISBN:  978-0-7642-1039-6

I keep telling myself I'm not going to review any more fiction books, because I just don't have time for it.  But every now and then another review offer comes along, and I find myself fascinated by a book cover, or a book description.  No Safe Harbor was one of those books.  Historical fiction involving Irish immigrants, with mystery, intrigue, and maybe even a touch of romance?  I had to read it!

Cara Hamilton sails from Ireland to America, in hopes of reuniting with the brother she had thought was dead.  Falsely accused of murder, and on the run, he warns her not to trust anyone, and not to confide in anyone.  Arriving in New York City, Cara expects to find her brother waiting for her at Ellis Island, only to find herself alone.  With the help of two strangers, Cara finds her way to a boarding house for ladies.  Cara finds a job, and seems safely settled in New York, but she still hasn't heard from her brother.  Unsure of who she can trust, or how to find her brother, she begins to investigate on her own.  Danger is following Cara, and she quickly realizes she isn't safe.  Has she trusted the wrong people?  Where is her brother?  Is he still alive?  Who is after him, and are they after her now?

I  was drawn into Cara's story from the very first chapter.  I fell in love with her character and was eager to unravel the mystery of her brother's disappearance with her.  Concerned for her safety, as well as her heart (which might be trusting the wrong man), I eagerly kept reading.  Once I reached the middle of the book, I was completely trapped.  I couldn't put the book down until I'd finished the book ... around 1 am.  The book had several plot twists that kept me guessing and the final chapters were very intense.  I loved the ending!  It gave a satisfying conclusion to the mystery and the romance, with just enough intrigue remaining to keep me looking forward to future books in the series.

I hadn't read any of Elizabeth Ludwig's books in the past, so she was completely new to me.  I enjoyed No Safe Harbor very much.  Most historical fiction books are primarily romance novels, which doesn't appeal to me as much. I enjoyed the way Elizabeth Ludwig wrote a historical intrigue book instead, balancing the mystery and romance very well.  This is the first book in the Edge of Freedom series, but I'm looking forward to following the Hamiltons (and the Turners) in future books.

Elizabeth Ludwig is celebrating her new book with a Kindle Fire Giveaway and connecting with readers at a Facebook Author Chat party on 12/6.

One winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire
  • No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5th. Winner will be announced at the "No Safe Harbor" Author Chat Facebook Party on 12/6. Connect with Elizabeth, get a sneak peek of the next book in the Edge of Freedom series, try your hand at the trivia contest, and win some great prizes - gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of No Safe Harbor and join Elizabeth on the evening of the December 6th for a chance to connect with her and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

This book was provided free, by Litfuse Publicity Group, in exchange for my honest review.  No other compensation was given, and these thoughts are completely my own.  You can read other reviews of No Safe Harbor at Litfuse's website.

April E.

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