Published by Penguin Australia on March 26, 2014
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: the publisher
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When Darcy Fletcher drags a handsome sailor from a stricken yacht, she finds herself drawn into his mysterious world. Having saved his life, can she now rescue him from his dark past? Or will that endanger all she holds most dear?
Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banksia Cove secrets, can't tell Darcy the real reason this man has washed up on their shores. If she understood the links between him and her own dysfunctional family, he'd lose her love for good.
As they take refuge in an old whaling station, only one thing is certain – by morning, no one will be the same again. Lies will surface. Hearts will break, and not all will find safe harbour.
A heart-stopping novel of high drama and desire by Australia's award-winning master of romantic suspense.
It’s a fine line the writers of romantic suspense walk, when they are creating their work – maintaining both the tension & intrigue in the situation and a believable romantic connection between the hero and heroine, and balancing the two halves.
This is the first of Helene Young’s books that I have read, and from all that I can gather, Safe Harbour is most definitely the work of a master of the romantic suspense genre. Secrets, intrigue, conflict – this magnificent tale has them all.
Here are my thoughts on Safe Harbour:
I think what drew me into enjoying the journey through Safe Harbour was the fact that in this world, nothing at all was what it appeared to be. There were twists and developments within the course of the story that I just was not expecting – and when truths were revealed, I had those moments where you have to stop and take a breath. This is one of my favourite experiences of reading romantic suspense – the “Oh. My. God. I didn’t see THAT car rounding the bend” moment. Thank you for those moments, Helene.
Darcy is a fantastic heroine – strong and vulnerable in equal measure. Her past has thrown many grenades in her path, and throughout the course of the story, some of them explode. I love that she continues to grow and draw strength from this past, without falling to pieces at the slightest hint of danger or change. The romance that develops between Darcy and Noah is so beautifully done – it’s complicated, it’s interrupted and very nearly halted. Noah’s love for and desire to protect Darcy is sure and unfailing. Their romance is a very different take on the long-term friends to lovers trope, and one that I just loved.
Supporting characters are by no means secondary in importance, and particularly in Safe Harbour. The role that Rosie, Darcy’s friend and surrogate parent, plays is one that weaves many parts of the past and present together. It was wonderful to read a positively portrayed indigenous character, and the connection to the whales and their music was perfect. The mystery man Darcy and Noah pull from the ocean brings with him a whole raft (pardon the boating pun) of drama and proves to be an incredibly fascinating character
I really do not wish to give too much of the detail away, as I implore you to read Safe Harbour. If you are looking for a story that grips you and draws you into its world of intrigue and romance from the moment you read the opening page, this is most definitely the book for you.