Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tide and Tempest - A Review

Published - March, 2014, Bethany House Publishers

Series - Edge of Freedom Book 3

Author - Elizabeth Ludwig

Title - Tide and Tempest

Format - ebook, paper

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Two years ago, Captain Keondric Morgan delivered the grieving Tillie McGrath to the steps of a boardinghouse in New York. Yet, he's not been able to get her out of his mind. When a deathbed confession from a member of his crew reveals that the death of Tillie's fiance may not have been the illness she was led to believe but murder, Morgan decides to check up on Tillie. Tillie McGrath came to America from Ireland wanting a new life with the man she loved. Yet both his death and the death of her baby have shaken her to the core. The faith that she once claimed is now a bitter shell. When Captain Morgan appears on her doorstep with the startling news that her fiance was murdered, Tillie is of course shocked. Together the pair sets out to discover the truth behind the claims of murder. When they unknowingly stir up a hornet's nest, Tillie's safety becomes paramount for Morgan. Enlisting the help of his brother, Morgan vows to not only protect Tillie but to end the threat once and for all. Will he be successful? With two men vying for Tillie's affection, which will win her heart? And will she ever see her own dreams of opening an orphanage come to light?

This is by far my favorite one of this series! I'm so glad that I didn't let the lack of connection I had with the characters from the first book dampen my enjoyment of either books two or three!

I found that this book was very suspense filled. It was good to get answers to questions that arose from the first two books. I'm not sure if this is the conclusion of the series or not. I kinda hope it's not as I'd love to see Cass's story. I loved the way that Morgan went above and beyond to ensure the safety of his brother and Tillie. I also loved how he was willing to sacrifice his own happiness to ensure that the woman he loved was happy.

I loved Tillie's struggle to find herself worthy of others. She had to come to the point where she realized that the mistakes she made in her life were not a stopper on her future. Yet once she realized that the decisions she made in the past did not have to stop her future, she was free. She recognized the truth of needing to surrender.

Overall, while I'm glad I'd read the others first, I found this one to be truly enjoyable. It was by far my favorite of the series. That could be that the characters were more fleshed out.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishers for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, romantic suspense, Elizabeth Ludwig, Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, Carol Cox, Julianna Deering

Rating - 5 stars


  1. Yes! A glowing review - have to read book two still however I'm eager for both as I enjoyed the first of the series which was a surprise. :)

    1. I enjoyed both 2 and 3 WAY better than the first. I couldn't really connect with either Rourke or Cara in the first one. But I LOVED this one.


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