A Review of Dark Road Home

Dark Road Home is the second book in Elizabeth Ludwig’s Edge of Freedom series (see my review of the first book, No Safe Harbor), and she does not disappoint!

Ana Kavanagh is all alone in the world, orphaned when she was just a child by her father’s “accidental” death and a fire that killed her mother and younger sister.  Sent away to America by a priest, Ana hasn’t set foot in a church since and still has nightmares of the fire.  But when Ana’s friend, Tillie, asks her to come help out at a local parish, Ana finds herself drawn to the place she felt once abandoned her and befriending a little girl whose experience is much like her own.

Eoghan Hamilton can still taste the bitter betrayal of his twin sister, Cara, who stabbed him in the back to marry into the family who sought his death.  Now a Turner, Cara and her husband, Roarke, have exhausted all of their resources to find Eoghan but to no avail.  In the meantime, Eoghan seeks a family in the group who once left him to die – the Fenians, an Irish group that is looking to change Ireland.  But Eoghan soon finds out that he has become the target of one Fenian’s cutthroat desires unless he can betray his sister as she did to him.

When Eoghan finds himself working for a local parish in order to have food to eat, he meets Ana and finds that things aren’t as simple as he thought.  Finding out that Ana is also a friend of Cara’s makes him begin to question where his loyalties should really lie.

With danger and intrigue around every corner, Ludwig’s latest novel will lead the reader wanting more and eager for the next book in the series.

It is quite obvious throughout Ludwig’s novels that she researches history thoroughly in order to provide the most accurate details.  Her ability to set the scene and create strong characters make her stories believable.  But above all else, she consistently brings the reader back to God, causing her characters to gain their strength from resting in Him.

I would highly recommend this book, which was given to me by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.

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