Dreaming of a better life, Tillie McGrath leaves Ireland behind and, with her beloved fiance by her side, sets sail for America. But when illness robs her of the man she holds dear, she’s left alone with only a handful of tattered memories. While forging on proves difficult, Tillie soon finds some new friends at her New York boardinghouse, and begins pursuing a new dream–to open a home for orphaned children.
Despite two years passing, Captain Keondric Morgan has never forgotten the lass who left his ship so heartbroken. When a crewman’s deathbed confession reveals her fiance’s demise was the result of murder, the captain knows he must try to contact her. But his attention draws the notice of others as well–dangerous men who believe Tillie has in her possession something that could expose their crimes. And to their way of thinking, the best way to prevent such an outcome is to seize the evidence and then hand Tillie the same fate as her naïve fiance.
Tide and Tempest was mysterious, cute, and suspenseful! All of the characters were lovable and endearing, especially Morgan’s brother Cass. Tillie annoyed me at times, but by the end I liked her. The plot was very interesting; it kept me guessing at what was going to happen. The dialogue and scene was authentic, I felt as if I had been brought back in time! My favorite part of the story was when Tillie finally realized that she had to forgive herself to move on. It made me realize that most of the time we are what’s holding us back.
Overall I liked Tide and Tempest for being an entertaining, sweet, and suspenseful historical read! I love it when books teach you little lessons and this one had a few gems. I would recommend it to all historical fiction lovers. I am looking forward to reading more of the Edge of Freedom books!
**I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts are completely my own.