Book Review: Tide and Tempest

Today I have Elizabeth Ludwig’s Tide and Tempest to review for you. I’ve had this book for a few months because at first, when I requested it from Bethany House’s book review program, I didn’t realize it was part of the Edge of Freedom series! It’s the third book in a series about Irish history and life in the late 1800s New York City, so I had to read the first two books before tackling this one.

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Here is a description of the book from the publisher:

It’s been two years since Tillie McGrath last saw Captain Keondric Morgan. He’d let her visit her ill fiance before he died. Now the dashing captain has found her at the boarding house where she lives and has swept back into her life. But all is not well. He seems to be trying to protect her–from whom or what stays a secret.

Even years later, Keondric never forgot the heartbroken lass from his boat. When a crewmember’s death-bed confession hints that her fiance’s death may have been murder, the captain knows he must try to save her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well, dangerous men who believe Tillie may have the last bit of evidence needed to put them away. And trying to stay safe may put them both in more danger than they could have ever imagined.

As usual, my five point review:

  • This novel, like the other two in the series [No Safe Harbor and Safe Road Home], is rich in historical detail. It’s obvious the author has spent a lot of time researching the history of  revolution and freedom in Ireland. The group that’s heavily discussed in this series is the Fenians, and it was very interesting to learn about their work during this time.
  • I really enjoyed how detailed the author was in regard to Irish customs, language, and names. However, there was SO many new names/cultural items/groups in this book and the series that I got a bit confused. The story was just so broad and there were so many characters that I really had to pay attention to keep up with the action.
  • The suspense, not the romance element, was my favorite part of the book. It was so intriguing! I couldn’t wait to learn more about Tillie’s story–her past and her future.
  • Captain Morgan and his brother, Cass, play a huge role in this book. It was fun reading their interactions and their dual feelings towards Tillie. 🙂
  • Overall, this is just the kind of book I love. History, romance, suspense… and well researched and written to boot! Though it’s the conclusion to a great series, it definitely works as a stand alone novel. You’ll love it!

What are you reading lately?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. However, I was not required to write a positive review. The thoughts expressed above are entirely my own. Thanks to Bethany House for the chance to read this great book!



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