Wednesday, March 19, 2014

TIde & Tempest



Title:  Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom #3)
Author:  Elizabeth Ludwig
Pages:  361
Year:  2014
Publisher:  Bethany House Publishers
The story of political rebellion, mystery and murder continues with the third installment from Elizabeth Ludwig in her Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest.  The two main characters in this story are Tillie McGrath, who has appeared in the two previous novels as a supporting character, and Keondric Morgan, a captain of an Irish ship, the very ship that transported Tillie to the United States from Ireland two years ago.
Keondric Morgan has discovered he had been unknowingly harboring a murderer.  With his deathbed confession, this murderer has perhaps put Tillie McGrath in danger.  Keondric remembers Tillie from her sad voyage to America.  She caught his eye then and now that she might be in danger he feels it is his responsibility to check on her.  Keondric also has his brother Cass to look after.  Cass is a charmer while Keondric is more stoic-minded.  Keondric learns that Tillie is indeed in danger and pledges his help and that of his brother.  They try to discover the identity of the person out to do harm to Tillie, but they are following clues at least two years old.  Who would want to hurt this harmless young woman?  Why?  She is a threat to no one.  Keondric becomes even more protective of Tillie and soon realizes he has fallen in love with her.  Could she be interested in a man nine years her senior or is she more interested in his brother?
Tillie McGrath has recently received a promotion at the milliner’s shop where she works.  She has been saving up to purchase a farm and turn it into an orphanage.  She is surprised when one evening after she returns home from work to see the captain from so long ago sitting in the parlor with her landlady.  What would cause him to stop by?  She soon hears his tale of his ship’s doctor confession of what he did on her voyage to America.  Tillie is furious that her fiancé was murdered and wants to help find out who is responsible.  Also, Tillie must confront her feelings of worthlessness and doing penance before she can seek forgiveness.  Her past is in the past.  Could someone like the captain ever care for her?
I have enjoyed this entire series and this installment is no exception.  There is a little something for everyone with romance, many tension-filled moments, drama and more.  The writing is crisp and the dialogue not too wordy.  I liked getting to know Tillie better and thought the character of Cass added humor to the story.  The lessons of not judging a person by their appearance as well as depending on God to do what is best for each person are portrayed.  I’m looking forward to see what this author creates next!
My rating is 4 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 http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457
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