Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

I occasionally receive free books from Bethany House in exchange for posting reviews. This review is for Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig.

I would give this book 4 stars. I had a bit of a hard time getting into the book and figuring out what was going on at the beginning, but I enjoyed the story once I got into it. I liked the characters--Keondric, Tillie and Keondric's brother Cass. They seemed developed and real. We see Tillie, ridden with guilt over her out of wedlock relationship with her fiance, who died 2 years ago as she was running away with him on a ship because of her parents' dislike of the match. She is trying to atone for her sins by pouring herself into helping at a shelter and saving money to open an orphanage. She is determined she will never have another relationship. Enter Keondric Morgan, the Captain who allowed Tillie to sit at the death bed of her fiance while her fiance was in quarantine on the ship 2 years ago. Keondric has recently learned that the ship's doctor murdered Tillie's fiance and is concerned for Tillie's safety. Unknowingly, he brings danger with him when he seeks her out.

What I didn't like as much--I don't care for love triangles, especially between brothers who fall in love with the same woman. I didn't enjoy that aspect of this story since both Keondric and Cass vie for Tillie's affections. I also didn't care for the way Keondric kept going back and forth--I love her, no she's for Cass, I want her, no I've always taken care of Cass and will let him have her. I was glad to see that Cass and Keondric's close friendship was not harmed in the end.

Overall, it was an enjoyable read, just a little frustrating here and there.

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