Monday, February 27, 2012

Heart's Safe Passage

Heart's Safe Passage
The Midwives
Laurie Alice Eakes
ISBN: 978-0800719852
February 2012/384 pages/$14.99

One woman takes the treacherous journey toward redemption . . . and love.

All Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. But when she refuses to accompany her pregnant sister-in-law to help save her husband from an English prison during the War of 1812, Phoebe finds herself pressed aboard a British privateer.

Captain Rafe Docherty promises to get Phoebe's brother-in-law out of prison in exchange for information Rafe needs to exact revenge on the man who destroyed his family. As he realizes his attraction to Phoebe, she determines to get ashore before her patient goes into labor--and before her own heart is in danger. But an enemy in their midst threatens to end their plans--and their very lives.

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, Heart's Safe Passage, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats. Visit here website to learn more about her and her books.

This is the third book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes (read my previous reviews here), and once again she captivated my heart and swept me away to another time. From my first glimpse of the title I knew this would be a story in which the threat of enemy ships and tumultuous weather would not pose the danger that the interpersonal storms would, and the physical dangers are hardly inconsequential! The characters are easy to either like or loathe, as the case may be, and the pages fairly pulsate with emotion, making me feel as if I had stepped into the book. Laurie Alice Eakes expertly paints each scene and doesn't waste a movement or a glance in creating a perfect storm of romantic, spiritual, and family tension. Best of all, the message of faith is strong without being heavy-handed. I love the lesson that Phoebe had to learn, although I ached for the way she had to learn it. Add this book and this author to your must-read list; you won't be disappointed!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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