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Lady in the Mist (The Midwives Book #1): A Novel by [Eakes, Laurie Alice]
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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: 1940 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (February 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4RVS
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By Christy VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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I liked this book for its rich historical detail. I liked feeling as though I was learning about midwifery and indentured servitude from the point of view of the characters. For that reason, I had difficulty tearing myself from the book. However, it doesn't live up to the standards set by writers like MaryLu Tindall and Laura Frantz.

That said, I thought that the espionage/mystery part was lacking. I guessed the villain right off; it took too long to reveal him. I also became impatient with Tabitha's difficulty with her relationship with God. I could understand a child who might have trouble accepting why God might take his or her parents from the child's life, and I could understand a widow or widower angry with God for the loss of a spouse. However, this is a grown woman who is angry that her parents became ill and died and that her elderly grandmother died. Dominick's problems with the Church of England and the livings doled out by landowners there were more convincing. However, for a reader who doesn't have a knowledge of these things Dominick's sins might not be very clear, and his need for God's forgiveness would be even less clear. There is a short explanation, but it is deep into the novel.

I gave the novel 4 stars because I liked the growing relationship between Tabitha and Dominick and because using midwives and indentured servants is a fresh take in historical writing for me. Dominick and his lack of domestic skills was often amusing. It lost a star because Tabitha was less likeable and because the story dragged. I was also disappointed in its abrupt ending.
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