I am not a terribly huge fan of historical fiction...but Elizabeth Ludwig gripped me from page one, with enough suspense, romance, and accurate history of the 1890's and the plight of the Irish so that I couldn't quit reading. Ludwig's heroine, Cara Hamilton is appealing and feisty without being over the top, while her hero is satisfyingly mysterious and strong. Just when I thought I had the plot figured out, Ludwig tossed me a curve (sometimes more than one) so that I was pulled farther and farther along in the story. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to not
only historical fiction buffs, but to those who enjoy a well-crafted suspense story with well-drawn characters and a sense of time/place not many authors are able to create. What can I say? I'm ready for number two in the series!