Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Book Review: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig

 Back Cover (from Bethany House):
New York City, 1897

She came to America searching for her brother. Instead all she's found is a web of danger.

Cara Hamilton had thought her brother to be dead. Now, clutching his letter, she leaves Ireland for America, desperate to find him. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.

She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.

With her faith in tatters, all hope flees. Will her brother finally surface? Can he save Cara from the truth about Rourke... a man she's grown to love?

My Review: 
Cover ArtIn a web of mystery and lies, can Cara Hamilton find the truth?

No Safe Harbor started off a little slow for my taste, but it did pick up near the end. I couldn't fathom putting it down in those last pages. Though I felt it began slowly, Miss Ludwig did a fantastic job with her pacing. It was a gradual build up to the climax, in perfect timing with my mind solving the mysteries.

Cara is girl desperate to find her twin brother, her only living kin, after two years of thinking he was dead. She's strong in her faith, which flourished under her mother's guidance as a child, and she is very compassionate.

Rourke is a man who has dedicated his life to avenging his father's untimely murder. His heart is hardened, unwilling to forgive the man he believes committed this act, Cara's brother. Then in a chanced meeting with Cara he thinks he's finally found the way to get to him. But instead of becoming calloused to her innocence, his heart begins to melt. She unknowingly helps lead him to forgiveness.

I won't say any more, in fear of spoiling! While No Safe Harbor is not a favorite, it is well written, has great characters, and has mystery that will keep you reading. :-)

I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. 


  1. Reviewing this one later this week. :)

  2. Sounds like an interesting book! I have seen the cover around but never looked any closer.

    1. It was! Definitely one that will keep you reading until your questions are answered.


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