REVIEW: While reading this historical work of fiction, it surprises me to learn that this isn’t Elizabeth Ludwig’s debut. As she’s not a name familiar to me, I didn’t realize she had more novels to her name. Before I go into what I like about this one, here is how the story goes.
New to America by way of Ireland, Cara Hamilton is searching for someone. The man she meets on the docks upon arrival at Ellis Island wants to know who. Rourke Walsh is driven by revenge for his father’s death for so long that he has forgotten what it’s like to live with peace, and to accept love again. He desperately wants to learn the whereabouts of Eoghan Hamilton and Cara is his only lead. He knows the man who killed his father has a twin sister but the more he gets to know Cara, the more he wishes she had nothing to do with the man whom Rourke has promised to visit his revenge on. Will there ever be truth between Rourke and Cara?‘NO SAFE HARBOR,’ by Elizabeth Ludwig. #BookReviews #FWarchives #HistoricalFiction Click To Tweet
Historical prose is a tricky business. There’s a fine line between historical “accuracy” and boring. Sometimes historical novels read boring because of their “dry,” detailed information dump but in this novel, I’m quite enchanted. It reads like a “dark” story because of the hatred of the protagonist. There’s still some interesting history tidbits but each of its characters is has good attention. I love the bustling boardinghouse chatter; and with exception to one or two of the “bad apples,” I want to know more about each of the inhabitants (Anna is already being given voice in the sequel).
The characters are empathetic but we aren’t given much room for Rourke and Cara to develop a “solid” relationship, something that doesn’t take away from the story. It’s one that is a touching and a sweet example of God’s grace. Through Cara, Rourke remembers what it means to forgive and in healing, he finds love.
IN CONCLUSION: Sometimes a bit slow-moving, No Safe Harbor is nevertheless a wonderful, exciting, and poignant story.
About the Book:
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Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2012
Series: Edge of Freedom, Book 1
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
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Rating: 4 out of 5
With thanks to Litfuse and the publisher, Bethany House for providing a copy of this book for reviewing purposes