Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dark Road Home by Elizabeth Ludwig, ©2013

Edge of Freedom Series, Book 2

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Brion McCleod has a night time visitor proclaiming that the eldest daughter of his older brother is alive.

Ana Kavanagh resides at Amelia Matheson's boardinghouse in New York; a far journey from Ireland. Following her day work at Mr. O'Bannon's candle shop, Ana joins friends Tilly and Meg at a church shelter to help serve evening meals. She meets Derry there, as the nuns call him, and finds he is not totally who he projects himself to be. As they become closer, they find they have pasts that manage to shove them apart.
   Sadness filled her at the predicament. She'd felt protected in his arms. How then could a  man who made her feel so safe be the same man who'd taken away her safety? --Dark Road Home, 181
Summary: “Hunted by dangerous enemies and betrayed by those they loved, can Ana and Eoghan, 19th century Irish immigrants in New York, forgive the wounds of the past and learn to trust again?”—Provided by publisher.

Dark Road Home endears the protagonists with the longing for them to reconcile and be on the same side. Torment and disasters seem to be at every turn, as they try to live their daily lives. As Eoghan Hamilton seeks to protect her, does he in fact, bid disclosure? Unknown to him at the time, he has caused her world to be turned upside down. What she has cherished is lost; what she has feared is come upon her. A story woven with conflict and revelation brings endangerment to those around them. Have we helped or hindered by not first clearing our intentions with the ones involved? May Ana's dark road home become illuminated with the Lord's protection on her side, as she slowly becomes aware of Him in her life. No small coincidence she is guarded and lifted beyond what others attempt to harm.

You will find mystery and intrigue in this novel. Very well written, all the nips and tucks of information flow from one to another, surprisingly revealing trust misplaced and needing revitalizing. I am eager to begin book 3 in the Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest.

Elizabeth Ludwig  
Photo courtesy of Rayburn Bodden with Rayburn Bodden Photography
Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and an accomplished speaker and teacher. Her historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned four stars from RT Book Reviews. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in Orange, Texas. Learn more at elizabethludwig.com

***Thank you to author Elizabeth Ludwig and to Bethany House Publishers for sending me a copy of Dark Road Home to review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***


  1. "...all the nips and tucks of information flow from one to another..." I LOVE this phrase!!! You are such an excellent writer, Kathleen.

    1. Thank you, Anne. I had both books 1 and 2 to read and didn't want to get ahead of myself reading Tide and Tempest first. Her stories are very in-depth, which I like. Kathleen