Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing

About the Book:

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.
My Thoughts:
Her only hope would be to follow his lead and pray that somehow they would discover who was harboring a vendetta against her.”  (p. 138)

Tillie McGrath never expects to meet, much less depend on, Captain Keondric Morgan.  Tillie has already lost everything that gave her life meaning on her voyage to America, now trying only to create a new life in a new land, she discovers that someone wants to see her dead and she has idea how she wound up with a target in her forehead.  But she has unmistakably become someone’s target, and it seems that Captain Morgan and his brother can’t move fast enough to uncover the reasons behind the murders that are occurring with increasing frequency all around Tillie.

Tide and Tempest is the third book in the Edge of Freedom trilogy, so there is a significant amount of backstory that gives this novel significance to the reader. However, if you dive into this series at this point you will still find a tremendous amount of suspense and romance awaiting you!  Elizabeth Ludwig weaves a fascinating story, and time will evaporate in massive quantities before you realize it!

I was particularly frustrated and intrigued by the relationship between Tillie and the Morgan brothers. Even when she understands that their purpose is to protect her and allow her to realize her dream of an orphanage, she still stumbles and falters in her emotional bond to these two! The lines blur a bit too easily! That makes the suspense all the greater as you near the end of the story!  This is truly a race to the finish!
I am happy to recommend not only this novel, Tide and Tempest, but the entire Edge of Freedom series to everyone!!

About the Author:
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Rocket, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. Her first novel, Where the Truth Lies (co-authored with Janelle Mowery), earned her the 2008 IWA Writer of the Year Award. This book was followed in 2009 by "I'll be Home for Christmas", part of the Christmas anthology collection, Christmas Homecoming.

In 2011, her second mystery, Died in the Wool (co-authored with Janelle Mowery) was nominated for aCarol Award. In 2012, the popular EDGE OF FREEDOM series released from Bethany House Publishers. Books one and two, No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home, respectively, earned 4 Stars from the RT Book Reviews. Book three, Tide and Tempest, received top honors with 4 1/2 Stars.

Elizabeth is an accomplished speaker and teacher, often attending conferences and seminars where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas.

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