Elizabeth Ludwig's Now Safe Harbor will tug you in like a tugboat into the harbor! Setting the stage, she layers her plot masterfully until you'll find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat. Plot-driven and suspenseful, Elizabeth paints the picture of the Irish immigrant's world in old New York City.
Setting: You'll want to remember that 1897 New York City saw Ellis Island built just five years before and New York Harbor had only been under the watchful eye of the Statue of Liberty since 1886. The times were heavily influenced by the large influx of European immigrants, overcrowded tenement houses, an under paid labor force, and New York City's corrupt Tammany Hall political machine--all things in which the Irish were deeply involved!
Cara Hamilton has left her Irish homeland, once believing she’d been orphaned, she glides into New York Harbor clinging to only a letter and the hope of finding her long lost brother. Her only instructions are to trust no one—talk to no one.
When her path crosses that of Rourke Turner, she yearns to entrust her secrets to someone who cares. But can Rourke choose between his clan and his heart to overcome the past that left him fatherless?
Romance & Plot:
Rourke is a bad guy you want to love, while Cara is an innocent you don’t want wounded—and yet Ludwig masterfully entwines their future, wrapping their paths to redemption into a cord that only the Lord’s strand between them can save. Forces beyond immigration far from their homeland, their penniless state, their fragile trust and clannish loyalties seek to divide the two. At one point, Cara’s actions not only surprised Rourke, but surprised me. However, true to her character, Cara is pressed to desperation to find her brother. So like Rourke, I saw this in Cara and had to forgive her foolishness. Be patient while Elizabeth introduces you to the cast of characters on this stage, there are none who aren’t essential!
A few favorite lines: (promise, no spoilers here!)
“She studied him critically. His cheeks were ruddy, but that could easily have been caused by the brisk walk…..Certainly he didn’t look to be lying. Traitorous tears burned the back of her eyelids, accusing her of longing to believe him.”
--Fresh new era & setting
--Intense & suspenseful
--Satisfying romance & ending
Bio: Elizabeth Ludwig is an award winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. She is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. 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 the great state of Texas. To learn more about Elizabeth and her work, visit her at www.elizabethludwig.com.
Give Away: Elizabeth has graciously offered a free give away of a copy of No Safe Harbor. To participate you must live in the continental US, leave a comment. An entry will be made for every comment. Drawing will be announced on October 31st next week.
Have any of your ancestors immigrated through NYC? Do you know your country of origin?
A point for anyone who remembers what Tammany Hall was from history class or otherwise!
Have you been to NYC, seen Ellis Island, or the Statue of Liberty?