Sunday, February 13, 2011

Lady in the Mist

Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Revell
February 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3452-7
Genre: Inspirational/historical

Tabitha Eckles is a midwife, and the keeper of secrets. Due to the laws of the land, if a woman is unwed, Tabitha is required by law to find out the name of the father before she can help the girl give birth. But when a woman and her child dies, suddenly her entire practice comes under scrutiny…even though the woman died from trauma not related to birth…and even though someone threatened her, at knife point, to keep her mouth shut about the night’s happenings.

Dominick Cherrett is a British aristocrat, in America working as an indentured servant for reasons of his own. He has his own secrets and his own agenda, one that is coming under question, as to why an Englishman is in America while British warships are stealing boys from the former colonies while the town sleeps.

When Dominick and Tabitha meet, in the mist beside the ocean, Dominick pretends to believe she's a mermaid. This sets off a delightful round of flirting between the two. But is their love doomed before it even begins, killed by a world that is set against them?

Readers will not be disappointed by this latest book by Ms. Eakes. I fell in love with Dominick and Tabitha, thoroughly enjoying every page of this book. My only complaint is that sometimes the chapters end with a great hook and the next chapter begins with no resolution so the reader left to only guess at the conclusion reached at the end of the previous chapter until a much later time.

LADY IN THE MIST is a book about the role of midwives in history. The first book in The Midwives series, it is a gentle book, a slow, easy read that is gripping with it’s pure tenderness, a hint of mystery and intrigue and the lures of forbidden love. I couldn't put this book down. $14.99. 402 pages.

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