Noah, keeper of the peace and guardian of the Banksia Cove secrets, can’t tell Darcy the real reason this stranger has washed up on their shores ...more
After years away and having been involved in Duo, a high class restaurant in Sydney, Darcy Fletcher returns to Banksia Cove. She now runs the local fish and chip shop but plans are in place for her own ambitious project, a restaurant called Whale Song, in the old whaling station. She always is home to help support her mother who has been ill with cancer. Darcy is part of the team that rescues a sailor from his storm wracked yacht. The rescue brings back memories of another t ...more
From the first pages of her fifth novel, Safe Harbour, award-winning Australian author Helene Young draws the reader into an exciting tale of action, intrigue and romance.
When Darcy Fletcher and Noah Moreton are called upon to rescue a man from his stricken yacht in wild seas, they are not prepared for the tsunami of danger that swamps Banksia Cove in his wake. The stranger's presence exposes long held secrets and lies, sparking betrayal and violence that threatens to destroy them, and everyone ...more
I was right.
A few years back I read a lot of American romantic suspense. There were serial killers -- lots of 'em -- and I pretty much burned out on the genre. It felt like gru ...more
Darcy, Noah and Tyrone are all engaging and complex characters, though my favourie was big-hearted Rose, a local indigenous woman who is a second mother for Darcy and a r ...more
Helene Young's Safe Harbour is the latest from the Australian romantic suspense author.
Young's novels have been consistent in their balance of heart-stopping tension and heart-wrenching emotions.
Safe Harbour is no exception.
From the storm-ravaged waters of the opening scene, through to the pursuit of Darcy and the mysterious man she's rescued from the sea near her home town, the conflict never wavers.
There are some truly heartbreaking moments along the way, and I don't mind ...more
They have each rebuilt their lives since then and returned to town. ...more
There's a lot ...more
So, this is my first Helene Young read and I’ll be the first to admit that I picked the wrong book to start with. I know she’s a beloved Australian romance author (Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award-winner in 2011 and 2012 and was shortlisted in 2013) and I know that some of her other books would have been a better place for me to start (I have ‘Wings of Fear’ on reserve at the librar ...more
A volunteer with their local marine rescue team, when she is called out in the middle of the night to assist a yacht in dist ...more
Together Darcy and Noah go out in a rescue ...more
A small town holds many secrets but what happens when a big storm blows them out in the open?
Safe Harbour, full of up-to-the-minute issues such as drugs in sport, organised crime and police corruption, will keep you guessing til the end. This book is also a 'Romantic Suspense' novel and flowing alongside the gripping storyline is a love story, one of missed opportunities, childhood friendships and the fact that the 'adopted' families we sometimes have to make for ourselves can be ...more
Realised I hadn't added this book to my 2014 reads even though I read it much earlier in the year.
I have to admit that this isn't the sort of book I would normally pick up and I hadn't heard of the author until now (sorry Helene!). Despite that I have to say that I am very pleasantly surprised by Safe Harbour and thoroughly enjoyed it. The main characters are believable and well written and even though it's obvious in the romance side of the book what is going to happen, it still manages to be ...more
I’ll be honest, I have a slight prejudice against the romance genre. By which I mean I’m really not that into it. So, it’s really lucky that I only skimmed the blurb for Safe Harbour jumping into it. Before this, I’d never even heard of the term ‘romantic suspense’, but that perfectly describes this emotionally charged, intriguing read.
There is a lot going on in Safe Harbour, but old family secrets are at its heart. Darcy’s relationship with her father has always be on rocky ground, but the info...more
Australia’s queen of romantic suspense fiction, Helene Young’s latest book, Safe Harbour, opens with a beginning chapter where a dramatic storm is taking place, along with a daring sea rescue and the arrival of a handsome stranger who has lost his memory. This sets the tone the tone for a thrilling read.
Darcy Fletcher is Helene Young’s female protagonist in Safe Harbour. She has returned to her home town of Banksia Cove, after a long absence working as a Chef in Sydney. Banksia Cover ...more
When Darcy rescues the occupant of a stricken yacht she has no idea his secrets could endanger them both and destroy everything she loves. Conflicted about her feelings for Noah, a long-term friend and local policeman, Darcy is drawn to Conor, the handsome, vulnerable and enigmatic yachtsman, but as the truth about Conor emerges she learns his secret has roots de ...more
I fell in love with Helene Young's writing with Half Moon Bay so I was excited to get my hands on Safe Harbour ... yowsers, what an unputdownable stay-up-all-night-nail-biter.
Safe Harbour is set in Banksia Cove, a small town on the Queensland coast not far from Bundaberg. I've spent some time in the Bundaberg/Bargara area and Helene pens not only the setting, but the characters, convincingly.
It's a story of long-held secrets and dark pasts, drugs in sports, marine rescue, cover-ups a ...more
This book is marketed as a romantic suspense. It's not. Not really. Yes, there is a hero and a heroine, but their relationship is far outweighed by the complex tangle of plot threads that it just gets lost. There is some chemistry between the couple but by about the halfway point, my care-o-meter was started to flash empty. (Tha ...more