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Lady in the Mist (The Midwives Book #1): A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Laurie Alice Eakes
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By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets: the names of fathers of illegitimate children, the level of love and harmony within many a marriage, and now the identity of a man who may have caused his wife's death. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British nobleman, is doing on American soil working as a bondsman in the home of Mayor Kendall, a Southern gentleman with his eye on a higher office.

By chance one morning before the dawn has broken, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths on a misty beachhead, leading them on a twisted path through kidnappings, death threats, public disgrace, and . . . love? Can Tabitha trust Dominick? What might he be hiding? And can either of them find true love in a world that seems set against them?

With stirring writing that puts readers directly into the story, Lady in the Mist expertly explores themes of identity, misperception, and love's discovery.


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"Lady in the Mist brims with tension, intrigue, and romance."--Julie Klassen, bestselling author of The Silent Governess and The Girl in the Gatehouse

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.

"I loved, loved, loved this book. It grabbed me by the heart and held on."--Lena Nelson Dooley, author of Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico

"Secrets, suspense, and a sweetly told love story make this a highly rewarding read."--Cheryl Bolen, Holt Medallion-winning author of One Golden Ring

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. Laurie Alice has a masters degree in creative writing and now writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

About the Author

Midwives' historic role in society began to fascinate Laurie Alice Eakes in graduate school. Before she was serious about writing fiction, she knew she wanted to write novels with midwife heroines. Ten years, several published novels, four relocations, and a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency later, the midwives idea returned, and Lady in the Mist was born. Now she writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

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  • File Size: 1588 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734521
  • Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4RVS
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68 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book, just Needed a Little More Focus February 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
This was another one of those books that I tried so very hard to like, but it was oh-so-difficult. I think that the author had a great idea to base a series of books on midwives, but this first book just fell flat. There was so little information about midwives and their roles in society that I was left wanting by the book's end. This may have had something to do with so few women in the book that were pregnant (only 3 deliveries of babies and one litter of puppies in a 400 page novel).

Another thing that kept me from really enjoying the book was all of the filler. One chapter left me on a climax, then the next chapter switched to a different scene entirely, and it usually was one that had no excitement at all. By the time I got back around to the resolution of the cliffhanger from 2 chapters before, my anticipation to know what happened had vanished. This is something that I've noticed with authors that typically write short novels (Heartsong or Love Inspired), who then switch to writing a full-length novel. The plot of the story may be good, but the delivery gets choked up by all the filler to make it a longer book. (At this point, I have not read any of Ms. Eakes' other novels, but I know she has some shorter novels that have been released, and that's why I am drawing this conclusion.)

I am still interested to read the next book in this series, and I hope that there will be more of a midwife feel to it as opposed to another historical Regency. Ms. Eakes' has a great deal of talent with her writing; I just hope that it will be more focused in her next full-length book.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling & Interesting Read March 29, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I hadn't read anything by this author and was thankful to receive a review copy of Lady in the Mist. I'm not a history buff so reading about midwives in 1809 was very interesting. Laurie depicts Tabitha as a strong women determined to do her job well in Seaborne, Virginia. I couldn't believe all that was expected of a midwife when a regular doctor was not in town.

I loved the way Laurie brought history to life. She shows a scary time in American history when the British boats were stealing American men off the shoreline at night and forcing onto their ships. Duty called all hours of the day and night and Tabitha found her unescorted on the same shores men were stolen from. For that reason she kept her eyes and ears alert as she made the walk on the beach to her home. Then one night she bumps into an unexpected visitor. Dominick Cherrett, a British aristocrat, on American soil working as an indentured servant. Tabitha's world is never the same. Dominick is just as shocked as she is and fears she'll turn him in to the Mayor (his employer) because he's out at night. She says he's British, and not to be trusted and after all the British were the ones stealing American men. She was in a quandary about what to do.

Dominick is charming, a man on a mission with a mysterious past. Could she trust him? He was a bit of a flirt it wouldn't hurt to be his friend and see what he was up to. Both Dominick and Tabitha have something in common, each are trying to do their best in working for their redemption with God, to be good enough for him to love them. They found it hard to accept the free gift God gives.

I hadn't expected a murder mystery and all the suspense and drama inside Lady in the Mist.
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94 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Massive proselytizing at the expense of plot October 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This had potential, but threw it away in the desparate hope of making converts. Truly awful. Sadly, the product description is deliberately deceptive, with no mention of the "hit you over the head with a 2-by-4" religious nature of the work. The first 1/2 of the book also seems to deliberately hide this. It isn't until you get 3/4s through that every other page is nothing but the characters talking to God and offering their lives, apologizing over and over again for real and imagined sins. Etc. Again, truly awful.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady in the Mist February 26, 2011
Format:Paperback
Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes is the first book in the Midwives series. Tabitha works as the midwife in the coastal tidewater area of Virginia in the nineteenth century. She doesn't quite fit in with the local clique of people because she is unmarried. Tabitha struggles to fit in with the local people, but not part of the local clique, but not on the social status of an Indentured Servant. After the deaths of her father, mother, and finally grandmother that left her alone, she's turned her back on God for his apparent abandonment and throws herself into her work. But that work is endangered when the husband of one of her patients dies along with her unborn child mysteriously and he lays the blame at her feet. Her former fiance, Raleigh Trower, has returned from the sea where he fled to get out of their engagement and is now determined to win back her heart, but redemptioner Dominick Cherrett keeps getting in the way.

The book had a great theme, but it was a little difficult to follow from chapter to chapter because it seemed to skip around, from topic to topic and character to character. The books conclusion left open the possibility of continuation of a series.

I was given the opportunity to review this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for a complimentary copy of the book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and ridiculously fun.
Historical fiction with the ridiculous! Love it. Clean and happy. Won't give you nightmares. Can't wait to read the next book.
Published 1 day ago by Anne of Green Gables
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
I had high hopes for this book, but was largely disappointed.

Not nearly enough about the heroine as midwife (which is why I bought the book in the first place,) too... Read more
Published 12 days ago by albertagirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
A good tale of a woman confused about who to trust.
Published 14 days ago by NanaSyb
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Danny Crumpton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I really did enjoy this book. Very well written and a good read.
Published 19 days ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars Not predictable like some.
Enjoyable and different. Not predictable like some.
Published 1 month ago by Elaine Neibling
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good read
I found this a very well written and interesting book. The characters were well-rounded and believable. Very good read.
Published 1 month ago by Susan Preston
5.0 out of 5 stars Midwives are not new
Today people seem like the thought of a midwife comes from folklore, in truth, even today many women would rather have a wonderful midwife than a hateful doctor.
Published 1 month ago by MIC
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by dianna steinman
4.0 out of 5 stars I thought both of them were really interesting and very good. I...
I read two different books with the same title. I thought both of them were really interesting and very good. I enjoyed both and couldn't put them down.
Published 1 month ago by Noble Alien
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More About the Author

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.

www.lauriealiceeakes.com

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