DARK ROAD HOME
Ana Kavanagh's memories of Ireland are mostly of fire and pain. As a girl she survived a blaze that left her an orphan, left her scarred, and left her angry at God. Now in New York, Ana finds a kindred spirit in Eoghan Hamilton, who's struggling with his own anger. His twin sister, Cara, betrayed him by falling in love with his enemy.
Cast aside by everyone, Eoghan hopes to rejoin the Finians, an organization pushing for change back in Ireland, by securing infromation against Rourke, the man his sister married. Ana, Cara's friend, may be his best source, and despite the attraction he feels, Eoghan determines to use the girl's sweet nature to his advantage.
Adding to the danger is a specter from Eoghan's own past, one whose thirst for vengeance knows no bounds. Eoghan must choose which road to follow -- bitterness or forgiveness -- and where to finally place his trust.
published in 2013
Happy St.Patrick's Day. This Irish / Canadian reader loves to find a wee bit o'home inside a novel so I was thrilled to catch up on Elizabeth Ludwig's Edge of Freedom series. Oddly enough I've read book one and three but missed this one completely! Very sloppy of me, I know! But how opportune to be able to share an Irish tale on an Irish holiday. :-)
Dark Road Home does carry a dark thread within it's covers. We're talking about the Irish rebellion, after all. And the Finians are a complicated -- and dangerous -- group of men. Sinister sabotage and buried secrets threaten to blot out the hope of new opportunities in a new country.
Ana has come to America to escape her past. Eoghan is in New York to pursue the ghosts of his past. These two have been battered by circumstance and balance on the precipice between bitterness and forgiveness. So much heartache and pain. And, honestly, I never wanted to simultaneously box ears and hug-smother a character more than I did chip-on-his-shoulder Eoghan! Gah! Stubborn Irishman. Of course, he complicates what could have been a fanciful boy-meets-girl tale into something so much edgier. And the suspense plot just sweetens the deal. If you enjoy a blend of danger and suspense with your historical romance, Dark Road Home might just be the perfect next read.
The only issue I have with this story is the author's tendency to confuse Scottish sayings with Irish. Contrary to popular belief, they are not interchangeable. :-)
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