Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig
Edge of Freedom, Book 3
Bethany House, 2014
Murder, suspicion, and danger fill the pages of Elizabeth Ludwig’s final installment to her Edge of Freedom series.
Tillie lives with the guilt and grief of her loss. Her fiancé died on the journey to America, but she soon discovers that his death may not have been an accident. And information she possesses threatens to put her life in danger, too.
Captain Morgan, who led the trip that brought Tillie to America, feels a responsibility to protect Tillie from the danger he suspects. Mystery surrounds Tillie and her deceased fiancé, but will they ever discover the man who is behind this treachery?
I admit I had a difficult time getting into this book. About one hundred pages in, I did start to like it, and from there, the pace picked up and I was intrigued.
I think my difficulty with this book has to do with the writing style. It took me quite some time to connect with the style and flow of this book. It just didn’t sit well with me for a long while. However, once I was able to get past that, I did feel invested in the story and interested to see how events would unfold.
At one point, I thought a crucial character had died, and I was shocked. Luckily, my thoughts that a wonderful character had died were quickly assuaged when I learned that this character did not meet his demise as I was led to believe!
There are many twists and turns, which makes for an exciting read. Add in a bit of romance, and this book is a winner.
Rating: 3 ½ stars
Summary (from the publisher’s website):
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.
I was provided a free e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.