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Monday, May 2, 2011

LADY in the MIST by Laurie Alice Eakes - Book Review

Taken from back cover:

By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, why he, a British aristocrat, is on American soil working as an indentured servant.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and . . . love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.
With stirring writing that draws you directly into the story, Lady in the Mist takes you on the thrilling ride of love's discovery.

My review:The first in a new series, The Midwives, Lady in the Mist is set in Seabourne, Virginia, in 1809.The story centres on Tabitha Eckles, a young single midwife following in the steps of generations of midwives. The story is full of romance, secrets, and doubts. Two men vie for her affections, but can she trust either one?
I found it difficult to become immersed in the story until over half way through the book. There were a number of suspense-filled scenes, but just when a chapter ends with a 'cliff hanger', the following chapter follows another line and goes in another direction. I also found it difficult to follow the historical events, but that is perhaps due to an unfamiliarity with the time period, and possibly my background. I am Canadian, with strong British roots.
I was expecting to learn more about the midwives of that period, but the facts that are given were interesting and informative. Perhaps Ms. Eakes will develop this theme in her subsequent novels in the series.
I did enjoy the writing and the descriptions. This was a strong point. I also appreciated how the themes of feeling far from God, undeserving of His forgiveness and redemption, flowed throughout the story without being 'preachy'.
I would recommend this book for historical fiction lovers, especially of the Regency period in America. Although this is not my favourite genre, I did appreciate the opportunity to read and review the book.
About the author:
The role of midwives in history began to fascinate Laurie Alice Eakes in graduate school, and she knew that someday she wanted to write novels with midwife heroines. Ten years later, after several published novels and a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency, the midwives idea returned, and Lady in the Mist was born. Now Laurie Alice writes full time from her home in Texas.
To find out more about the author, go to http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

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