Author: Elizabeth Ludwig
Publisher: Bethany House October 2012
Labels: Ireland, Emigrant, Romance, Political, Mystery, 19th Century, Irish American, History
Rating: 4 Stars
New York City, NY 1897
Cara Hamilton arrives at Ellis Island as an emigrant from County Derry, Ireland. Her twin brother, whom she thought had died, is Eoghan. Eoghan contacted her by letter and asked her to come to New York City, but it was important that she not tell anyone her reasons for coming to America. Shortly after arriving, Cara, unable to find her brother, becomes concerned wondering what kind of trouble he has gotten in to. A man named Rourke Walsh befriends Cara, earning her trust. Cara is torn, her brother had warned her not to confide in anyone, yet Cara feels alone and afraid.
What I liked about No Safe Harbor:
- I don't usually remark about the covers on books---I do like the front and back cover of No Safe Harbor. The front covers emphasis is not placed on a beautiful young woman, but on the look of trepidation on her partial shown face, plus the mysterious man in the back ground. The back cover is of the famous Brooklyn Bridge in NYC.
- Cara is characterized as a naive, trusting, anxious, young woman. Compound this with being alone and in a very large and strange city. She was a brave girl to travel so far, and to trust in a brother that had shown not to be trustworthy. The love for her brother gave her courage.
- Political unrest in Ireland is written about. Through the characters I learned a bit about the hatred of the Irish against the English. Their hatred goes deep, and it has scarred their hearts. Sometimes out of wanting a place or a people to belong to, wrong choices are made, choices that have consequences.
- I knew there was prejudice against the Irish in America, but there was also prejudice amongst the Irish. Depending on whether you were Catholic or Protestant put you immediately in a class distinction, and further, in a place where you were considered a friend or foe.
Thank you to Bethany House and their Book Club program for my FREE review copy.
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