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Mar 14, 2014

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

Danger in dark alleys and handsome heroes!

Tide and Tempest (Edge of Freedom #3) by Elizabeth Ludwig
Bethany House, March 4, 2014
Historical Christian Suspense
eGalley from NetGalley
Burton Book Review Rating: 4.5 stars

(Read my reviews of the previous novels in this series)

Two years ago, her fiance perished during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder...

Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she's left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream--to open a home for orphaned children.

Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman's deathbed confession reveals her fiance's demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well--dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.

Having loved Ludwig's last two novels in this series, I knew I would love this one! The only thing disappointing was the NetGalley version was missing the letter f's in words such as 'stiffened' and 'difficult' and many others throughout, and still I managed to really enjoy the book. That is testament to a good story, people! I loved the setting where once again we are transported back in time to the old time New York where it seems Irishmen are a dime a dozen. They are a mixture of good and evil, and you never knew who to trust when it comes to the Fenians.

Our heroine Tillie was a member of the boardinghouse in the last book when we met her as a grieving waif-like of a girl and Captain Morgan feels responsible for her loved one's death aboard his ship. He begins to realize that there are many mysteries that begin to twist around him that all lead back to that first death on his ship. Tillie is a target, and Morgan and his brother are determined to protect Tillie as she has no one else in New York to do so.

Though the previous characters are supporting of the big picture and we are focused on another set of new characters with this intriguing Irish in America tale there is a lot of a political slant with many different names to sort through. If you haven't read the first two in the series then this book may be a bit confusing to understand when it comes to the Fenians and their movement. If you have kept up with the series, this next installment won't disappoint as the writing style is fluid and fast paced. Though I would have liked a bit more details of the previous characters (Ana and Cara are simply mentioned), the story holds its own and makes reading it worthwhile. The faith theme is tiny and barely noticeable as it focuses on Morgan's sacrifice, and while there is a lot of love for our main characters I would have enjoyed a bit more on brother Cass and have to wonder if there is another book coming in the series. It seems that since the big picture of the Celt is finally cleared up this may be the last one but we can always hope!

Here I am getting a picture with the author after I had her sign some of her books for me!