TIDE AND TEMPEST
Ludwig takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of emotions with characters who are free spirited, strong-willed and determined to get through troubling times. The author’s research on the Irish is amazingly detailed; there is no sugarcoating of all they endured to get to America.
Since her fiancé died from illness on a ship to America, Tillie McGrath has had to go forth alone in New York, but with determination and new friends she has created a new life for herself. Now she wants to open an orphanage for the many children left without parents, but that takes money she does not yet have. Captain Keondric Morgan has not stopped thinking about the devastated woman departing his ship. Keondric recently learned that Tillie’s fiancé was murdered. Now Tillie’s in danger because she has something she doesn’t know she has, and the people responsible will stop at nothing to get it back. Can he warn Tillie in time? (BETHANY HOUSE, Mar., 368 pp., $14.99)