Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig

The Synopsis:

Two years ago, her fiance perished
during their voyage to America.

Now she discovers it may have been murder…

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.

I received this book from Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.


tide-and-tempestA sea-faring novel that excites the readers with a bit of mystery and calms them with a sweet romance.

Even though I had not read the first two books in this series, Tide and Tempest could be read as a standalone novel without any complications. I had no difficulty following the story-line.

The characters are very well developed and each display their own personalities and dreams. They make mistakes. They are accidental heroes. And they’re just plain fun to read about.

The story weaves a breathless mystery amidst a fragile romance and the readers find themselves in a battle of feelings right alongside the characters. It’s perfectly paced and evenly described. Tide and Tempest is a novel perfect for a summer day.

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5 stars



Rayleigh is a Freshman in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.