March 15, 2014

Tide and Tempest

Tide and Tempest
by Elizabeth Ludwig

I had actually never heard of Elizabeth Ludwig nor her "Edge of Freedom" book series until this title came through my email. When I signed up to review this book I knew I wanted to read the first two books in the series and I am so glad I did! I loved No Safe Harbor and Dark Road Home and by the time I finished them I couldn't wait to read Tide and Tempest! I would definitely recommend reading the series in order so you get the full effect of the story. Plus if you read them in order you can fall in love with ALL of the characters and not just the main ones in book three.

I've read books with an Irish background before but Elizabeth Ludwig does a great job of bringing their pronunciation to life when she spells words out so you'll read them in an Irish accent. For example "kinna" and "dinna."

Tide and Tempest tells the story of a young woman, Tillie, who moved to America with her betrothed - only he didn't make it across the ocean alive and the captain of the ship was kind enough to find Tillie a place to live once they landed. Unfortunately years later Captain Morgan learns that the young man's death was no illness or accident but murder by poison. He then sets out to make things right with Tillie.

Unfortunately as Tillie and Morgan and the others start looking into the situation they realize it goes much deeper than they imagined. They get some of our favorite characters from the first two books involved and together they find the answers to many of the questions brought up in all three books. Tide and Tempest does an amazing job of not only solving the murder of Tillie's fiance but also weaving a love story and solving the crimes and murders from the first two books and tying up all loose ends magnificently.

About halfway through the book I have to admit I was feeling a little bit disappointed that the love story was going to unfold too easily. Sometimes I get bored when there isn't at least a little bit of delay or conflict or changed minds! But Ludwig did an excellent job of turning the story to add just the right amount of suspense!

Ludwig writes excellent characters full of passion. I've noticed especially in book two and book three that these women love their men fiercely. Ana in book two and Tillie in book three both more than once mention both out loud and in their silent thoughts that they'd rather be hurt or die than see their men suffer. Very admirable and only goes to show how much they love them! Of course the men feel quite strongly right back!

If you like historical fiction with just the right amount of romance and suspense you'd be remiss not to read the Edge of Freedom series. Elizabeth Ludwig is a writer to watch. I can't wait for her to come up with her next series! Click HERE to like her on Facebook!

 This book was provided to me by the publisher, Bethany House, in exchange for my honest review.