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Lady in the Mist (The Midwives Book #1): A Novel

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

Laurie Alice Eakes
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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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.

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1588 KB
  • Print Length: 417 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800734521
  • Publisher: Revell (1 Feb 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FV4RVS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovery of a new favourite author 13 May 2011
By Rachel
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Having seen one too many young men disappear into the mist on British ships, Tabitha Eckles has resigned herself to a solitary life. As a respected midwife, she's the one woman in her town who can walk unaccompanied in the middle of the night without having rumours whispered about her. Unfortunately, her comfortable and quiet life is interrupted during one of these long, midnight walks. Returning from a birthing that went terribly wrong, Tabitha finds herself alone on the beach in the company of a mysterious English man, whom Tabitha suspects may be involved in the press-gangings that have been becoming ever more present in their peaceful costal town. But it's not long before Tabitha discovers the identity of this mysterious yet charming young man - he's Domonick Cherrett, an English gentleman who has fallen from grace and is now indentured servant and butler to Tabitha's mayor. Knowing that an indentured servant would never be allowed to wander the beach at night, Tabitha remains suspicious a she pursues a friendship with Dominick, who has reasons of his own for wanting to become involved with the town midwife. Soon these two unlikely friends become embroiled in more mysteries than they expected - and an unexpected romance begins to bud between the spinster midwife and indentured English nobleman. Matters are complicated further when Tabitha's long-lost fiancé returns from the sea and Dominick finds himself struggling over whether he could go home to his family with Tabitha or if he should leave her to her simple life in America - or whether he actually wishes to return to England at all. Can Tabitha and Dominick put aside their preconceived ideas about love and rank and - more importantly - learn to trust each other? Read more ›
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I enjoyed this book, it is written about a time where faith in God is at the heart of a community. A well written book, that came to an obvious conclusion. It could however have been a few chapters shorter as I felt it lost its way a little in the middle.

A good read for a freebie. I'd recommend this Book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read 31 May 2014
By Julia
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Easy read with a lovely story line. My main fault is with the ending far too abrupt, if it were finished better it would be a wonderful book
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good to read once, though not a favourite 17 April 2014
My second read by Laurie Alice Eakes and the first title in her trilogy The Midwives has romance, intrigue, mystery and a cast of colourful characters. The writing style and short chapters make it an easy read, and which I found quite compelling once I began to get into the story.
In some places story did drag and could be repetitive, perhaps it was a result of inexperience being the author’s first full length novel, but it could have been wrapped up sooner and been shorter.
Also, I think that some of Tabbie and especially Dominick's behavour would have been considered inappropriate and flirtatious in the extreme for an unmarried or not formally courting couple of the time, yet they seemed to sometimes wonder why people objected.

The War of 1812 and its preliminaries is a subject that receives a fair amount of attention in Christian Historical fiction- especially since the 2011 release of this novel was approaching the bicentenary. The author provided an original ‘spin’ on the subject matter in some ways, with a heroine whose work and connections bought her close the action, and perhaps something of the ‘other side’ with the British hero Dominick, as well as questioning the view that impressment was the official policy of the country he represented.

That said, a major complaint I have with not only this story but those set in this period in general is how they make out impressment alone caused the war- or the threat of war in this book. No mention made of the invasion of Canada or the policies and activities ‘war hawks’ in the American government. If anyone wanted war it may have been them, not the British.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lady in the Mist 19 Mar 2013
By Val
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This book was very good - it lived up to the standard which I have come to enjoy as normal, and I would recommend it as an excellent story to other people who also like the same stories. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book 11 Feb 2013
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Very good romance good believable characters. Not what I was expecting. Storyline has twists and turns in it. Suitable for all as no bad language and set in a time when women were chaperones and courted..
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