By Heather Wardell
Celia's always thought she was just emotional. But when she witnesses a near-murder and finds herself feeling everything the victim feels, she wonders if she's losing her mind. There's only one place she feels peaceful: near her new coworker. He's just been left at the altar and he should be devastated but instead he's quiet. Calm.
Too calm? Or could he be the safe harbor she desperately needs?
WARNING CONTAINS SPOILERS
Safe Harbor? is the third and final book in a mini-series but can also be read as a stand-alone which was fortunate for me as I haven’t read any of the other books. I have to admit initially I wasn’t overly impressed with the book but I couldn’t pinpoint why so I persevered and I am glad I did because it turned out to be quite a good read.
The protagonist Celia has always felt she had heightened emotions and just assumed she was overly emotional. One day whilst out with friends Celia witnesses a murder and is able to feel the emotions of both the murderer and the victim. Celia realises that something more to the situation than her just being overly sensitive and after doing some research she discovers she is an empath.
After this incident Celia begins to become overwhelmed by her ability to the point where she wonders if she would contemplate suicide after witnessing a man jump in front of her train. Later that day she starts a new job and meets her co-worker Owen.
Owen has come back to work shortly after being left at the altar but Celia can sense no emotion from him when he talks about this or anything else.
This is the point for me where it all got a bit unbelievable and I seriously considered giving up on the book completely. After having known him for only 2 days Celia begins thinking about what a good husband he would make and then what a good husband he would make for her because when he is around she cannot feel anyone else’s emotions.
On the Friday after she first meets him Celia suggests they get married so that he has a chance of being promoted by his boss who doesn’t like to promote unmarried men. After a series of cliché and frankly insulting tests they marry a short time later. Fortunately, from this point on the book vastly improved.
The book deals with the relationship between Celia and Owen, her ‘safe harbor’. It also explores Owen’s complicated relationship with his family and the potential reasons behind his lack of emotion.
Safe Harbor? was a bit of a slow burner but turned out to be a nice easy read and one I would recommend if that is what you are after.
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