No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom Series #1)

No Safe Harbor (Edge of Freedom Series #1)

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by Elizabeth Ludwig
     
 

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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

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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?

"Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance." --Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611735567
Publisher:
Center Point
Publication date:
11/28/2012
Series:
Edge of Freedom Series , #1
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas. Learn more at www.elizabethludwig.com.

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No Safe Harbor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Regina_Jennings More than 1 year ago
Warm Romance, Chilling Suspense Reading this book makes me glad I don’t live in a foggy city with dark alleys and a deep harbor. You know how you get so engrossed in a book that you find yourself thinking about the characters and worrying as if their problems were your own? And what’s really bothersome is that I couldn’t see a way out of Cara Hamilton’s problems. Although thrilled to find out that her twin brother isn’t dead after all, Cara doesn’t know how to find him in America without leading his enemies to him. Can she trust the helpful Rourke Walsh, or does he have an agenda of his own? Elizabeth Ludwig makes readers wrestle with several unanswered questions. How far will Rourke go in his loyalty to his family? What will prevail, justice or mercy? Is Cara’s brother worth saving? His enemies call him a murderer. What if they are telling the truth? And what really made this book stand out to me was one of the “bad-guys” in particular. Cold-blooded, relentless and lying in wait—but not your typical villain. I’m so excited that this is a series. You’ll want to have No Safe Harbor read before the next one comes out.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Cara Hamilton arrives from Ireland at Ellis Island...she got help getting through customs from a kind man she met on her ship? As soon as she is through she begins searching the crowd and looking at all faces for her brother. She thought her brother Eoghan was dead, and when she receives a precious letter from him, she set off to America. He has told her to "trust no one!" The trust no one rings true throughout the story. No one really seems to be whom they present themselves as. We travel around late 1890's New York City, and danger seems to lurk everywhere! Things I never thought of...fire wood in NYC. There still was! As we go along with Cara looking for her brother, you will wonder if she will ever find him? If she does will he still be alive. Will the people she ends up trusting betray her? The answers are here in this historical mystery, reaching from Ireland to NY. Enjoy! I received this book from Litfuse Publicity Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
There is absolutely nothing like a good romance, a good mystery, and the gospel all tied together. Yes, this book hit the mark with absolutely no problem. From the very first page all the way through the end, I was mesmerized. Elizabeth Ludwig is one of my favorite authors, and this is a book that will keep you completely intrigued and enthralled. The style is readable, and the characters are 3-dimensional. There are two things I especially relished in this book. Rarely do I get to read a mystery that takes place in the 1800's. It takes a historian to be able to do it, but the author has done it. It makes sense, and it will keep you guessing till the end--it sure did me! I also love the Christian message that is so intricately woven into the framework of the story. All too often, Christian authors preach or only nominally include the Christian message. It takes a gifted author to weave faith of God into the very fabric of the story without detracting from the story. Elizabeth Ludwig is amazing! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
joanhochstetler More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Ludwig’s No Safe Harbor, Book 1 of the Edge of Freedom Series, is an involving and suspenseful story that held my interest to the very satisfying conclusion. The vividly drawn setting among the Irish immigrants of 1890s New York drew me into the story very quickly. This is an era and a community that I knew little about, but No Safe Harbor taught me a great deal and gave me a greater sympathy for those on both sides of the Irish rebellion. I especially enjoy plots with lots of twists and turns, and this story kept me turning the pages. Ludwig portrays her characters in such a way that even the villains emerge as fully dimensional persons one can feel some measure of sympathy for. The main characters are highly appealing, however, especially Cara and Rourke. Their romance is a wrenching one as they are torn between a deep attraction and the very personal secrets, conflicted motivations, and fears that are powerful obstacles to each trusting the other. The tension between the very human desire for vengeance for a perceived wrong and the forgiveness that God requires is one that all of us struggle with and can relate to on a deep level. Cara’s and Rourke’s faith journey is depicted in a way that often caused my heart to ache for them and hope they would finally open their hearts fully to each other and to God. The ending was a very gratifying one that will leave readers anticipating the next book in the series. Historical romance readers will definitely enjoy this book, and so will those who love stories of suspense and intrigue. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A family is separated due to civil differences. A world apart, and many lies brings them together. Love, intrigue and fear in a very real old world drama can make or break there reunion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of intrigue that will keep you reading although not really a thriller. Easy reading, romantic but clean, and fairly predictable. Still, a good story that rates 3.5 to 4 stars.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Well written, researched, and edited. A good balance of spirituality and one I would not be embarresed to have my grandaughters read. Great historical fiction. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Just the right mix of entrigue, romance and adventure. Loved the emphesis of God's personal presence in everything of life. Villians and heroes. Moral, chaste. A beautiful tale. So worth the read!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Good story and interesting characters. Lots of action and true to life reactions to tragedy.
Zuzilu More than 1 year ago
The author brought in a part of history that I knew little.the people were very committed to their heritage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story but bad ending! All through the story, she wanted to unite with her brother,but in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book whick takes place at Ellis Island 1889. The Irish were fighting and it followed them over into the states. A good historical novel. Romance, deception, and will keep you turning the pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. It has many twists and turns to keep the interest peeked.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good characters ad story line ... well written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I thought it could have moved a little faster, but over all it was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a good mystery filled with history, romance and God's wonderful love for us, then this is the book for you.
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Bethers More than 1 year ago
No Safe Harbor is the first book in Elizabeth Ludwig's newest series Edge of Freedom. Cara Hamilton sets out to find her twin brother who was believed to be dead. When she finds a letter from him, she leaves her home in Ireland and sets out to New York. Cara's brother warns her not to trust Rourke Walsh in his letter but Cara finds herself trusting him and telling him her reasons for being there. As Cara searches, others follow her with the intent to find her brother through her search. No Safe Harbor is the first book by Elizabeth Ludwig that I have had the pleasure of reading. As a HUGE fan of historical fiction I found myself drawn to this book. Set in 1897, Elizabeth Ludwig gives insight to what people coming from another country on boats endured; how easy it was for them to get in trouble because of not knowing English. Elizabeth Ludwig accurately depicts the conditions of life in that time for immigrants making the journey to America. This book has a little bit of everything: Suspense, action, romance, and history. Elizabeth brings to life a diverse and interesting cast of characters in this book. She also painted a vivid picture of the world and politics of 1897. The story grabbed a hold of me from the start, all the way to end. Leaving me wanting more! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Christian Fiction, you won't be disappointed. I give this book 4 STARS.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
No Safe Harbor Elizabeth Ludwig Book Summary: 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? Book Review: The cover of this book is what drew me in first. I really was looking forward to reading this book and was not disappointed. I liked Cara and Ana. The premise and some of the details was complex regarding the civil unrest in Ireland. I was not always clear about who was on which side. Overall there seemed to be no good side that at some point in civil issues everyone loses something tangible as in the case of this book families were separated and/or divided. I loved the characters and how complex they were on the whole. The current secondary characters set up nicely for the next in the series. The mystery dragged at times and I am hopeful that it was due to setting up the series and the future characters which would help make all of them flow together. I think the real mystery was more subtle than Eoghan on the run from his civil enemies. This is a timely novel about significant division in a nation and the sides’ people choose. I would like to thank Library Thing and Bethany House Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really entertaining! The chatacters were interesting, and the story was just involving enough to pull you in without making you feel annoyed by the characters' issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will look for other writings by this arthor.
SarahScribbles More than 1 year ago
I Couldn't Put This Book Down! Cara Hamilton’s brother, Eoghan, is dead. Or so she believes for two years, until a letter from him arrives from America. With only his letter as a guide, Cara leaves Ireland for New York City, desperate to be reunited with her twin. Crossing the ocean doesn’t turn out to be her journey’s greatest challenge, however. Once she arrives in America, other things nearly as wide as the sea and some far more dangerous, stand between Cara and Eoghan. The men who attempted to kill Eoghan the first time are still thirsting for revenge. Despite Eoghan’s warning for Cara to trust no one, she believes she’s found a friend in Rourke Walsh and confides in him the reason she’s come to New York. Cara then finds herself caught in a web of deception, danger, political revolution and threats… and an unexpected, uncertain love. No Safe Harbor had me hooked by the first page, and the intensity only built with each chapter. Cara was instantly someone I liked and empathized with, so as she was drawn deeper into the plot, I inevitably followed. At every turn, the stakes rose higher, the threats closer, and my reading time longer! When I could stand the suspense no longer, I sat down and didn’t move until I finished the entire book. It’s hard for me to find a novel that wraps an authentic historic setting, convincing characters, a sweet but risky romance, and a heart-pounding plot into one unforgettable story, but that’s just what Elizabeth Camden did in No Safe Harbor. I give it 5 out of 5 stars, and place it high on my list of recommendations! I’m looking forward to more from the Edge of Freedom series. I received this book from the publisher for free, in exchange for my review.
palmtreegirl More than 1 year ago
Cara Hamilton arrives in New York City in 1897 in answer to a somewhat cryptic letter from her long lost brother. She was expecting him to find her and for them to begin a new life in America together but instead finds herself caught in a web of political intrigue and deep set grudges. A man shows up when she needs a friend most. Cara longs to trust him despite a warning from her brother to trust no one. "No Safe Harbor" by Elizabeth Ludwig is a fast paced read. I love a book that balances suspense with romance and history. This book did it perfectly. It also had strong but subtle messages of faith woven in. It was inspirational yet never came of as preachy. I plan on reading more books by this author as soon as I can! I received a free copy of this book to review from Bethany House publishing.