About the book:
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?
There was a lot to enjoy about this book, but a few things that slowed the pace down. I liked the historical aspects of the novel. The author clearly knows American history and it really shines in this book. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and also enjoyed the mystery portion of the story. I think less would have more in this book and made it a tighter story, but the writing itself was very good.
The romantic tension was nice, though the back and forth between the two men seemed to go on a bit too long in my opinion. It seemed like the story was more about the potential for war between England and America than about midwifery itself. But the setting was well done so I felt fully planted in that time period. I did marvel at how often Dominick was just roaming around considering he was a servant.
The tension regarding the hero being British and the townspeople's angst about England was pretty engaging, too. A few times I wasn't sure what was going to happen. The spiritual thread was strong in this story. Some good points were made in regards to faith. Overall Lady in the Mist was an enjoyable read.
Lady in the Mist was published by Revell and released in February 2011. Revell provided a copy to me for review. This did not influence my overall opinion of the book.
Laurie Alice Eakes began to be fascinated by the role of midwives in history during 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 master degree in creative writing and writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
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