Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

tideandtempestTillie McGrath is a young Irish immigrant who works at a millinery and lives in a boarding house. She’s made a new life for herself in New York City after her fiancé, Braedon, died on the trip over from Ireland. When Keondric Morgan, the captain of the ship they traveled on, comes to visit her a few years later, he offers to take her back to Ireland. She refuses, but Captain Morgan knows Braedon’s death wasn’t an accident and feels responsible. His offer brings not only difficult memories of her past, but trouble neither of them saw coming. They soon discover Braedon’s death was just a small part of a bigger plot and their lives depend on sorting it out.

Tide and Tempest is the third book in Elizabeth Ludwig’s Edge of Freedom series. I read and reviewed the first book, No Safe Harbor, over the summer, and thought this one was the second in the series. It’s not, but I didn’t feel like I was missing important details, so it’s probably safe to read these books on their own. I did, however, spend the first five chapters trying to remember what happened in the first book. It was really distracting. That’s why I’d rather read an entire series straight through. (Or watch a TV show straight through. Downton Abbey, anyone? The year-long wait between seasons is killing me!)

Tide and Tempest is not the first great historical fiction novel from Bethany House, but it was a little different from most of the BHP books I’ve read. Yes, it has romance, but it read like a suspense novel. (Not that I know­­. I don’t really read suspense. But it was what I expect a suspense novel would be like—lots of unanswered questions, danger, running, and action-packed fight scenes.) From the first few pages, I didn’t know who I could trust. So I kept reading, and I wasn’t disappointed. All the gunshots and punches to the kidneys and knife fights—not gonna lie—put me on edge. I was so riled up after I finished last night that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to sleep. But I did. (Praise the Lord for Sleep Number beds!)

And the love story. It didn’t take long before I got to a just-kiss-her-already level of frustration. The characters are so stubborn! And why won’t they just talk to each other? Don’t they know how many of their problems could be solved if they’d just freakin’ communicate instead of shutting up when it really matters? Uggh!

If you like Bethany House’s historical fiction, romance, or just want a clean book that tells an engaging story, I’d recommend this one. Actually, go back and start with No Safe Harbor and keep going. I’m definitely going to track down a copy of Dark Road Home (book 2) so I can fill in the blanks.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.

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