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Safe Harbour

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  60 reviews
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 stranger has washed up on their shores
Paperback, 340 pages
Published March 26th 2014 by Penguin Books Australia
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Dale Harcombe
Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Four and a half stars
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
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Leaving her hometown of Banksia Cove when she was younger, Darcy Fletcher has now returned. She runs the local fish and chip shop called Fish R Biting and she's also in the middle of setting up her own restaurant in the old whaling station which has been a life long dream of hers. And if that doesn't keep her busy enough she also volunteers with the marine rescue team. Getting a call from her friend Noah who is also the local police officer that she is wanted as a yacht has washed up on shore an ...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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
Jenny Schwartz
I chose to read "Safe Harbour" as part of the Aussie Readers September Spring Romance Challenge. I met Helene at a Romance Writers of Australia conference last year and was wowed at how friendly such a clever woman was. Plus her writing is fantastic -- so I knew this would be a good read, one I could settle down and enjoy.

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
As Darcy Fletcher and her dear friend Rosie were cleaning up after closing at Fish’R’Biting, washing dishes, laughing together, Darcy realized how much happier she was since she’d returned to Banksia Cove. Her time in Sydney; from her teenage years, when she’d gone terribly off the rails after Grant’s death, then her rescue by Noah and her subsequent training to be a chef and running Duo, the upmarket restaurant where she had been very successful with now ex-boyfriend Dylan all culminated in the ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed Helene Young's romantic suspense Safe Harbour set on the central Queensland coast. When local restaurateur Darcy Fletcher and Community Policeman Noah Moreton pull a mysterious yachtsman, Tyrone, from the stormy sea, they've no way of knowing that he'd bring both danger, romance and buried secrets with him.

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
Jenn J McLeod
Feb 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A safe bet! That’s what I think every time I see a new Helene Young novel. I know the story is going to be something special and Safe Harbour is possibly the best to date, although I really did love both Half Moon Bay and her debut - Wings of Fear (aka Border Watch). Helene never takes the safe road when it comes to storylines, tackling topical issues such as natural disasters, border security, drug and politics, to name a few. Safe Harbour is no exception and has all the Helene Young hallmarks: ...more
Felicity Young
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's not from lack of inclination, more from lack of time that I have taken so long to read a Helene Young book, and if Safe Harbour is anything like the rest of them, I have a lot of catching up to do! This novel has it all: Romance, suspense and thrilling action sequences that are woven together effortlessly into a complex plot. I couldn't put it down - well done Helene! ...more
Bree T
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Darcy Fletcher is back in the town she grew up in after a stint in Sydney where she learned to be a chef and even had her own restaurant. However she’s returned to Banksia Cove, near Bundaberg, for family reasons and is currently working hard to fulfill her dream again of opening her own place. She has chosen the old whaling station as her location and everything is moving along nicely. Darcy also volunteers with the marine rescue team and is called out by the local police officer (and her child ...more
Darcy and Noah are both returnees to tiny Banksia Cove outside Bundaberg on the Queensland coast. As volunteers, they are called out in to a storm to a sinking boat and risk their lives to rescue a mystery man. This has horrible echoes of the tragedy that resulted in the death of the third member of their teenage triumvirate, Grant. Grant's death lead to both of them leaving town and the breakdown of Darcy and Noah's friendship.

They have each rebuilt their lives since then and returned to town.
Nola Lorraine
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
When hometown chef Darcy and community policeman Noah pull a stricken yachtsman out of the sea near Bankia Cove one stormy night, they couldn't know how past secrets were going to unravel around them. What was really behind the death of a friend 16 years ago and why did Darcy's father walk out on his home and family to seek a new beginning in Sydney? And as the pieces of the puzzle start to come together, will the revelations bring Darcy and Noah closer together or pull them apart?

There's a lot
Cate Ellink
Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was with Darcy every step of her journey in this book. Along with her I wavered between the good guy, Noah, and the bad boy, Conor. I was completely invested in her turmoil, her horror and the unravelling of her life. I loved the characters in this book and the story tore along, keeping me turning pages until late into the night when I finished. It's an incredible read and an incredibly satisfying one. Helene Young is a master at romantic suspense. ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
A story filled with mystery, action, crime. A small town story with some wonderful characters. Shocking and sad at times. Filled with Australian flavour. Especially loved the portrayal of Rosie. Looking forward to reading Northern Heat.
Kylie Kaden
Jul 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rich in detail, thick with emotion, it is easy to see why Helene Young is known as the master of Romantic Suspense in Australia. With loveable, authentic characters and exceptional descriptions of all things natural, this was an enjoyable read from start to finish.
Mar 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Another great read by Helene Young. She writes pacey, believable stories with engaging characters, set in the Australia she knows and loves. Looking forward to her next book, Northern Heat!
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
‘Safe Harbour’ is the new romantic suspense novel from Australian author, Helene Young.

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
MarciaB - Book Muster Down Under
Up and coming Chef, Darcy Fletcher, is back home in Banksia Cove. Recovering from the closure of her once successful Sydney restaurant as well as a broken relationship, she is also trying to offer support to her ailing mother whilst having to deal with an estranged father that she’s never forgiven for abandoning her and still get her new venture, Whale Song, up and running.

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
Lorelle Mac ~ WattleTree Lane
Safe Harbour tells of Darcy who had run off to Sydney as a teenager after her boyfriend drowned in a boating accident. Her childhood friend Noah has already returned to Banksia Cove and is the local police officer. Darcy has returned after being chef and part owner in Duo a well known Sydney restaurant. She’s running the local fish and chip shop while working on her new project. Whale Song is the restaurant she’s establishing in the old whaling station.

Together Darcy and Noah go out in a rescue
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A gripping read

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
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it

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
Paula Clark
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Drugs in Sport, Witness Protection, Russian Mafia, Police Corruption - this book has it all and leaves you wondering who the "good guys" really are! I totally loved Rosie's character, as well as Noah's and enjoyed the many twists and turns towards the ending which, as usual, kept you in suspense :) ...more
Sarah Campbell
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
WOW. I just loved this book. I'm a massive Nora Roberts fan and the quote on the cover hits the nail on the head. Her writing is fantastic and the character oh the characters! I just love this book. Read it! ...more
Aug 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: library, crime, 2014
I enjoyed this but nothing memorable or particularly ground-breaking. The drug aspect didn't seem to flow with the story. W22. ...more
Lesley Moseley
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
did read it all. Nothing special for me.
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Helene Young is a romantic suspense author who is at the absolute top of her field. Seriously. Take a quick look around some of the most well-respected Australian book review blogs and you'll find an absolute slew of five star reviews, particularly for her 2013 release Half Moon Bay. Young has also won numerous awards from the Australian Romance Readers Association in recent years and (as of March 2014) has an average rating of 4.31 on goodreads. And with all of this to live up to, how does her ...more
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

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

Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
Feb 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
* 4.5 stars

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
4.5 stars

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
Rowena Holloway
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Safe Harbour is an exhilarating ride from start to finish and demonstrates that in a game of high-stakes even the innocent may suffer.

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
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
To start, I realise that I'm in the minority. Based on the reviews, most people really enjoyed this book. So it's probably just me. But I'm going to give a review anyway.

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
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