Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig is the third book in her Edge of Freedom series about Irish-American immigrants. Having not read any books by Ludwig, I was pleasantly surprised by the intensity and depth of her story and characters.
The story opens with the young Irish Captain Morgan docking his ship in New York harbor with his ship’s dead doctor who appears to have been murdered. Not knowing what to make of the situation, Keondric Morgan is certain that the beautiful Tillie McGrath is part of the mystery.
Seeking out Tillie in New York brings more unanswered questions to Captain Morgan’s mind. But amid the uncertainty, he knows one thing: Tillie is likely in danger and he must protect her. So begins Ludwig’s Tide and Tempest.
Amid the obvious intense and unrelenting plot of Tide and Tempest, both Tillie and Captain Morgan struggle with their own internal tempests and insecurities. Tillie mourns Braedon and seeks respite by making plans to have an orphanage. Captain Morgan struggles with his responsibilities to support his family and keeping an eye on his younger brother and partner Cass.
Ludwig reveals her characters struggles so subtly and yet so obviously, she easily pulls our sympathies into both Tillie’s and Captain Morgan’s situations. I liked how this book stands alone even though it is clearly part of a series.
Using a heart-pounding plot which intensifies with each successive chapter, Ludwig introduces us to the Irish immigrants in the United States who want freedom and opportunities. Yet, she adeptly shows us that they have strong ties to home and strong hope for a better homeland for their countrymen.
I will definitely read more of Elizabeth Ludwig’s books. Bethany House Publishing sent me a complimentary copy of Tide and Tempest to review.