“America. And Eoghan. Just thinking of her twin brother brought a wash of hot tears to [Cara’s] cheeks. Eoghan was alive. After two years of bowing under the villagers’ whispered condemnation, of bearing in silence the brand given her family name . . . finally . . . the chance to uncover the truth behind his disappearance. His letter in hand, she’d scrambled aboard the first ship to America she could find.”
~Excerpt from No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig~
Set in New York City in 1897, Elizabeth Ludwig’s No Safe Harbor tells the story of Cara Hamilton, an Irish immigrant in search for her twin brother Eoghan. In the opening pages, Cara arrives at Ellis Island with the hope of a happy reunion with her brother. But her brother never shows up. Though warned not to trust anyone, she befriends a young Irishman, who introduces himself as Rourke Walsh.
In the days and weeks following her arrival in America, Cara waits for her brother at a boardinghouse. But when he doesn’t come, Cara launches her own search for him and for answers as to why he fled Ireland two years earlier. As she delves deeper into her brother’s mysterious past, her own life is threatened and she begins questioning who she can trust, including the charming Rourke.
With a mixture of suspense, romance, and history, No Safe Harbor gifts its readers with an intriguing and entertaining read. The author has crafted a diverse and interesting cast of characters in this novel and painted a vivid picture of the time period and setting. She kept me flipping the pages to find out what was going to happen next. As with any good book, I’m always eager to get to the end, yet sad because I desire to stay in the storyworld longer. The good news, though, is No Safe Harbor is the first book in the Edge of Freedom series, and the second book—Dark Road Home—is scheduled for publication in Summer of 2013.
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher’s book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.