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No Safe Harbor

Title:  No Safe Harbor
Author:  Elizabeth Ludwig                                                                                                              
Pages:  331
Year:  2012
Publisher:   Bethany House
                Elizabeth Ludwig has created an interesting first novel in her series Edge of Freedom with No Safe Harbor.  The chapters are not lengthy and the style is easy to read.  The novel is in the genre of fictional historical romantic suspense, and it is set in 1897 in New York City. 
                The story begins with Cara Hamilton, an Irish immigrant, aboard a ship approaching Ellis Island.  She has left her homeland of Ireland in response to a letter her twin brother sent asking her to come to America so they could be together and start a new life.  Their parents died in a train accident and they have no other relatives; it’s just the two of them now.  Cara hasn’t seen her brother in over two years.  She believed him to be dead as the result of becoming involved with a revolutionary group called the Fenians.  She is overjoyed to learn he is still alive and immediately sells everything she has and sets sail for America.  Upon landing, she realizes she knows no one and wonders how she will find her brother.  As she exits the medical inspection station to board a ferry bound for the city, she meets Rourke.  Her brother has warned her in his letter not to trust anyone and that another family from Ireland, the Turners, is out to kill him for his involvement in a death in of one of their family members.  Can she trust Rourke with her secret?  Will she ever find her brother and reunite with him?  Is Rourke the man she thinks he is?  While searching for her brother, she begins asking questions that are better left unasked.  Attempts are made on her life because she is a Hamilton, but she finds herself unable to stop searching.  She also finds herself falling in love with Rourke.  Cara has learned about religion from her father, but she learned about a relationship with Jesus from her mother.  Is he a God follower?
                Rourke Walsh has been in America almost two years and does odd jobs to earn his keep.  His family has been searching for his father’s killer as he fled Ireland and came to America they believe.  They have a watch set up at Ellis Island to monitor if the killer and/or any of his relatives arrive in America.  Rourke learns Cara is a Hamilton, but is not sure if she is related to the man he is looking for.  He befriends her, helping her search for her brother, walking her to work, and touring the city, thinking to find out exactly who she is.  Along the way, he falls in love with her.  He also discovers she is indeed the sister of his enemy.  Now what is he going to do?  His family is after revenge, but Cara is innocent in the whole situation.  Can Rourke go against his family?  Can he put aside two years of anger, shame, vengeance, and guilt to forgive?  Will he realize he is not the man his father or God wants him to be?
                My rating is 3 stars.
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at .  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at

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