Friday, September 20, 2013

Dark Road Home - Elizabeth Ludwig

Ana Kavanaugh has settled into her life in America, far from her childhood home of Ireland.  Her memories of her childhood are marred by the horrific fire that took her mother's and sister's lives and left her scarred.  She was fortunate to be swept away by a loving priest, who sent her across the ocean to be given a new name and a new life.  Why did she need to leave her home though?  What was the fire hiding, and what was behind it?  Eoghan Hamilton has been banished from Ireland, and was under suspicion of murder, which led to what he felt was betrayal by his twin sister.  When Ana and Eoghan's paths cross, their lives become intertwined as she discovers he is the lost brother her friend Cara has been looking for.  Can the hurts in their pasts be resolved?  Can Eoghan and Ana escape the people who are out to hurt them?

Dark Road Home is the second book in the Edge of Freedom series.  While I found myself wishing I had read the first book, this book was written well enough that I was able to enjoy it as a stand-alone novel.  The story quickly sucked me in, as both Ana and Eoghan were trying to reconcile the pain of their past experiences with God and the church against the loving, caring people they were encountering in the church where they were both drawn into serving.  Knowing that each of them had been badly hurt by people they thought loved them, their struggles with the church felt real and honest.  It was not an easy thing for them to heal or trust.  The ending of the book, however, was not satisfactory as a stand-alone novel; I definitely feel the need to read the third book!

This book was a fairly quick read, and I give it 3.5 stars.  I think if I'd had the background of the first novel and known more about the supporting characters' backgrounds, it would have been even more enjoyable.  But there was enough heart to the main characters, and enough intrigue and suspense to draw me in even without the benefit of the first book.

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I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.