I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Her Safe Harbor by Holly Bush
Series: Crawford Family #3
Published by Self Published on March 10, 2016
Genres: Historical Romance
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1893 . . . Jennifer Crawford, the peacekeeper in a well-to-do Boston family rife with anger, deceit, and even treachery. A woman born to solve mathematical mysteries at a time when women were only beginning to venture from home and into the world of commerce and politics. Beautiful and shy, will she have the courage to face a scheming mother, and guide a father denying their familial dysfunction and his hesitancy to traverse the volatile economics banks faced in 1893? When danger threatens, will Jennifer Crawford triumph?
Zebediah Moran, Georgia-born chief of staff for a new United States Senator in Washington is reacquainted with his employer’s sister-in-law and is determined to uncover her secrets and guard her from danger. Will his sacrifices keep her safe? Will he be ‘Her Safe Harbor?’
Jennifer Crawford, the youngest sister, is trapped in an abusive relationship with a man, Jeffrey Rothchild, who is determined to force her into marriage. Jennifer doesn’t want to create a scandal for her family and suffers in silence. Zebidiah Moran, her brother-in-law’s chief of staff, is determined to intervene and provide safe harbor.
As awful as modern-day domestic violence is it has to have been even more horrific in an era when wives were deemed to be their husbands’ property. Jennifer’s struggle was heartbreaking, made more so by her dysfunctional and unsupportive parents. Her desire to manage the situation on her own while remaining steadfast in her refusal to marry Jeffrey was admirable. Jennifer’s relationship with Zeb developed slowly as a result but that just made it more compelling.
I wasn’t as eager for this story because Jennifer hadn’t seemed that interesting in the earlier books. That’s what I get for assuming because I literally couldn’t put this book down, finishing it in a day. Though the subject matter is disturbing, Jennifer’s triumph is uplifting. And, it’s handled sensitively and in keeping with the historical period. It is a fitting and satisfying end to a wonderful series.