We're celebrating the upcoming release of Elizabeth Ludwig's newest novel, No Safe Harbor (Book 1 in the Edge of Freedom Series from Bethany House Publishers), and we thought it might be fun to let you meet the stars of this tale!
Brief physical description:
I have two protagonists—Rourke (Walsh) Turner and Cara Hamilton.
Cara is Irish, with long red hair and beautiful green eyes. She’s sweet, but don’t let that fool you. She has a fiery side!
Rourke is the kind of hero women swoon over. He’s tall and handsome, with raven black hair and deep blue eyes.
Both of my characters are intrinsically opposed to lying, yet both find themselves resorting to subterfuge in order to protect the ones they love. In the end, it’s these half-truths and deceptions that nearly drive them apart and almost cost them their lives!
The inspiration for the character:
Family members on both my side and my husband’s emigrated from Europe in the early 1900’s. Some of my ancestors were from Spain. My husband’s ancestors were from Holland, Ireland, and Germany. These brave men and women who risked everything in search of a better life were the inspiration for this story. I hope I’ve done them proud!
Background to the story:
No Safe Harbor is set in New York City in 1897, right around the time that immigration to this country was hitting its height.
Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, my focal character, Cara Hamilton, sets off from Ireland on a quest to find the brother she'd thought dead. Her search leads her to a houseful of curious strangers, and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh. Despite her brother's warning, Cara trusts Rourke, revealing her purpose in coming to New York.
She's then thrust into a world of subterfuge, veiled threats, and attempted murder, including political revolutionaries from the homeland out for revenge. Her questions guide her ever nearer to locating her brother--but they also bring her closer to destruction as those who want to kill him track her footsteps.