Thursday, December 6, 2012

No Safe Harbor - Elizabeth Ludwig

Elizabeth Ludwig writes an exciting novel!  Her main character, Cara Hamilton, disembarks her ship as an Irish immigrant to America.  She's on a quest to find her long lost twin brother that she previously believed to be dead.  When she arrives, things are not as easy as she had hoped.  Her brother's cryptic message instructed her to trust no one, and the more she learns the more his reputation is thrown into question.  The longer she stays in America the more dangerous her situation gets.  Will he come out of hiding soon enough to prevent her murder, or will they both die?  What has he done to deserve this man hunt?
My only criticism is that I had a hard time believing the all the coincidences.  Her adversary spots her just as she exits the ship in New York City, and her brother also finds her immediately.  I initially chalked this up to the fact that because New York is so diverse, it could be that she went directly to a part of the city densely populated with Irish immigrants.  However, her connection to a major character introduced more fully later in the book is also an unlikely coincidence, and as a result her connection to one of her roommates is as well.
Other than the notes above, this novel is excellently plotted and keeps the energy and mystery the entire length of the book.  If you enjoy historical romance/mysteries, this would be a good fit for you.  I personally enjoyed it very much.  "No Safe Harbor" is the first in the Edge of Freedom series published by Bethany House.
This book was a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an objective review.

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