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Lady in the Mist (The Midwives #1)

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From an award-winning author comes a tale of a young midwife who meets a strange man on a misty Virginia beach in the early 1800s, little knowing that this chance encounter will change her life forever.
ebook, 318 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Tamara Tilley
May 01, 2011 Tamara Tilley rated it it was ok
Shelves: own
I was a bit perplexed by LADY IN THE MIST. As much as I wanted to like the story and its characters, it had a hard time holding my attention. I was intrigued by the unique plot, but even so, I found the book traveled at such a slow pace I found it easy to put aside.

I don’t understand what it was about the book that fell short. It had all the facets I look for in fiction–romance, intrigue, love lost, love found, a dashing hero, and a strong heroine, but I never felt a connection. There were long
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Beth
The beginning of this book really grabbed my attention. Mid-wife Tabitha is walking home along the beach after a birthing gone wrong, and runs into an Englishman. Is he behind the loss of American men to the British Navy? The mystery and the blooming relationship between Tabitha and said Englishman kept me enmeshed in the story.

I really liked the "hero" of this story, Dominick. He wasn't the typical cheesy, muscled, buff, etc. hero. It was a nice change, and although in Britain he was in the ari
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Karen Witemeyer
Feb 13, 2011 Karen Witemeyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laurie Alice Eakes weaves a dramatic tale of intrigue and secrets set along the coast of Virginia at the turn of the 19th century. Ms. Eakes enriches her story with lush historical detail and a plot that keeps the reader guessing with many twists and turns. Tabitha Eckles, midwife and healer, has been hurt too many times to trust a man with her heart, especially an Englishman who might have something to do with the men who are taken from her village and forced to serve in the British Navy. Domin ...more
Michelle
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 o
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MaryLu Tyndall
Jan 22, 2011 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check your schedule and pen in a long afternoon, perhaps snuggled in your favorite chair, for this wonderful book! Because once you start it, you won't want to let go. Not of the enchanting characters, or the eerie ambiance of a misty seacoast town, or of the romance, adventure and mystery that permeates each page. I delighted in Ms. Eakes' fresh writing style and unique story-telling ability. I loved the adventure! The heroine is flawed, wounded and yet kind-hearted. Someone we can all relate t ...more
Valerie Comer
Jan 29, 2013 Valerie Comer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tabitha Eckles is a midwife in colonial America. Her fiancé had been pressed into the British navy a couple years before the story starts, leaving Tabitha as an oddity: an unmarried midwife who has never given birth. Her parents had died not long before, so she's reeling from everyone she's loved having "deserted" her.

Early one misty morning Tabbie is walking along the beach after the death of an expectant mother. She meets a tall Englishman, Dominick Cherrett, who is the mayor's indentured serv
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Jocelyn Green
Feb 13, 2012 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn’t put this book down. I carried it with me everywhere so I could sneak in a few more pages whenever possible. What’s so great about it? To name a few things:
■It’s set in 1809. This is a time period I know very little about, but it’s full of intrigue and drama. I loved learning about this slice of American history.
■The descriptions were excellent, really drawing you in and painting the scenes and characters with masterful strokes. You’ll be able to picture the scenes and action as if y
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Becky
Nov 02, 2011 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-recommended
Proselytizing garbage for the most part. The character development was non-existent, the plot was shoddy and the details lazy. That's very easily explained - this isn't a novel, this is a religious tract meant to convert the unwary. Nowhere in the abstract does it mention that this book is about God first and foremost, and Christian principles secondmost. I counted up 16 various mentions of God in two paragraphs. At certain points I was purely disgusted - take responsibility for your own actions ...more
Carol Preston
Mar 25, 2014 Carol Preston rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story set in the early 1800s when England and American tensions were high and war was threatened. Some interesting historical perspectives on the relationship between the two countries. Also great insights into the life of a young unmarried midwife, Tabitha, whose story this really is. It has something of 'Call the Midwife' about it, and this aspect is well written, with Tabitha being a great character. The romance is a love triangle, which is quite satisfying but which dragged an ...more
Annika
Jul 04, 2011 Annika rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
The synopsis of this book sounds good, but the fact that it's labeled as Christian fiction and took two chapters for me to even get a grip of what was going on...I gave up. Life's too short to read slow, boring books.

The reviews are really good, so maybe it's me. I just wasn't in the right frame of mind for this.
Aerykah
I thought this book was pretty great. :)
My first book to read by Laurie Alice Eakes. I'll be looking for some more by her...
Jerry
Jan 19, 2017 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An exciting historical romance.
Rachel Brand
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 ...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded a free copy of this book for my Sony e-reader.

Tabitha lives in the small town of Seabourne, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Lately, American men have started going missing, taken to serve on British man-of-war ships. It's easy to suspect the mayor's newly arrived British servant, Dominick, yet something draws Tabitha ever closer to him, even after her former fiance reappears on American shores.

At first, this book was really likable. Tabitha and Dominick met and hit it off, thoug
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Maggie Phillippi
Laurie Alice Eakes’ style of prose is captivating and fresh. She's able to paint the scene so vividly it's like you too are stepping into the mist.

Even so, it did take me a while to get through this book. During the first half, I couldn't stand Dominick Cherrett. I have very little tolerance for people who use others and for a long time it didn't seem like he would ever admit that his actions were still unforgivable where Tabitha was concerned. For a man who wanted to clear his name, Dominick wa
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Kami
The premis of the story is very intriguing: American men being kidnapped and gang pressed into the British war fleets during the early 19th century, a midwife who holds the key to the mystery and an English aristocrat posing as a bondsman to try and find out who is aiding in the deception to force Americans into British service. Along with several other facinating and quirky characters, the mystery of this story was very well formulated.

There is an exceptionally good "red herring" toward the end
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Carly
Feb 12, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m afraid to say that I have mixed emotions about Lady in the Mist. I have noticed lately that my preference in books is leaning more toward books with substance – books like this one. This book certainly had substance, but I found at times, it moved a little slow. During those times, my mind would wander and I had a difficult time staying with the story. Then, suddenly the book would pick back up and I would be fully engaged again. That is not necessarily a bad thing and I have read books like ...more
Anita Draper
Lady in the Mist is a rich, historical read that mixes the secrets of midwifery and espionage into a suspenseful tale of romance. A master at vivid description, the author uses all the senses to place you right there in the scene, whether it's sitting on a sunny beach, or a running through a dark ship’s passageway.

What a refreshing change for a hero. As a third son in Britain’s peerage, Dominick is your regular, run-of-the-beach indentured servant chasing after the woman of his dreams. But when
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Amber Stokes
Jan 14, 2011 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book takes the reader on an intriguing and exciting journey. The imagery is lovely, the plot is unique, and the romance is oh-so-sweet! This was a fun story to read, even though it was a little hard sometimes for me to know what exactly was going on--who was on which side, what everyone's motives were, etc.

The last chapter came together somewhat abruptly and a tad too neatly, in my opinion, but overall I liked the book. The romance was super enjoyable to read, even though there were parts w
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Margaret Metz
Feb 21, 2011 Margaret Metz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had been on my "to-read" list for quite a while. I'm really glad I finally was able to read it. The author obviously did quite a lot of research on the time period - I felt like I was living and breathing American history. Every little detail came alive - from the setting to how they dressed, ate and the problems they faced.

I'm a character person and I did pull for and believe in these people. I don't think the secondary characters had as much development - and some people seemed to be
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Alysa
Aug 11, 2013 Alysa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was drawn to this book because I was interested in the concept of a story about a midwife, However, the story is only superficially related to the protagonist's profession as a midwife; rather, the story is one of intrigue and pre-war tensions in 1809 coastal Virginia. The story revolves around Tabitha and the two men vying for her affections: a newly-arrived British indentured servant, and Tabitha's recently returned fiancé. The three become entangled in the impressment of Americans into the ...more
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
There were a lot of things I liked about this book. I loved the setting right by the Atlantic Ocean. Even though I'm a Pacific Ocean girl, I lived by the Atlantic Ocean for a little while and honestly, I just love beach side settings. It makes me happy.

I thought the two MC were strong and admirable. I liked them a lot.

It was sometimes as frustrating for me as a reader as it was for the characters with the whole not knowing stuff. There were so many characters struggling and mistrusting who gave
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joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
LIKES:
~setting - both time and place were lovely
~midwifery details
~well-rounded MCs and secondaries
~integrated and not overbearing religious beliefs


DISLIKES:
~what a wretched cover. poor book!
~WAY too much forced mystery -- at least one of these should have been known to the reader throughout the novel. it's fine if the characters have to figure things out, but too many leading comments and mysterious backstories made for a swiss cheese plot resolution.

very light pg13 green
a few dangerous situa
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Jennifer Taylor
Feb 17, 2011 Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the romantic setting of the coastal seaside in a long forgotten time brought back to life in Lady of the Mist. The book is perfectly titled due to the first meeting between Tabitha and Dominick. He's charming and witty, exactly what one would expect of an English aristocrat. Tabitha is responsible, alone, and guarding her heart from past hurts. I enjoyed learning about the aspect of how British ships were stealing young American men and forcibly enlisting them into Royal British Navy ser ...more
Karen
GACK - I really did judge this book by the cover and thought it would be a LOT better than it turned out to be in the end.
This author must think her readers are idiots. She repeats and repeats information. Really? I didn't get it the first time I read it. Made it very tiring and I managed to skim it nicely. ALMOST turned to the last chapter about 1/2 way through but stuck it out. Wish I had jumped ahead.

If you like romances, which obviously I do not, you might like this.
pam ramsey
Apr 27, 2015 pam ramsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heart Warming

Tugs at the heart strings, also keeps you on the edge of your seat. Also respectful and uplifting for Christians everywhere...
Liz
May 26, 2017 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and loved many books by Laurie Alice Eakes, so I couldn't wait to dive into this older one on a recent trip. A bit more blood and tension than I expected for a vacation read, but the characters made it totally worth the angst! As always, Eakes' careful research makes you feel that you are right in the midst of the tale's historical situation. You can practically smell the tang of the sea, and hear the crack of the whip. And I was amazed at the social strictures relating to gender and ...more
Lyndi
Jun 04, 2017 Lyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenny
Nov 10, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book but didn't love it. The storyline was there and the writing was good but it fell a little flat for me. Maybe a little too slow moving.
Ruth
Feb 15, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At twenty-five and considered a spinster, Tabitha serves her seaside Virginia town as midwife and healer – the only source of medical care for miles, and the keeper of many a secret that would set gossipy tongues afire. Her medical knowledge makes her an indispensible member of the community, but as an unwed woman, and privy to her neighbors most intimate secrets, she’s set apart – not a quite a lady, not quite a servant. Wounded by the pain of loss and loneliness, Tabitha determines to protect ...more
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Laurie Alice Eakes used to lie in bed as a child telling herself stories so she didn’t wake anyone else up. Sometimes she shared her stories withothers; thus, when she decided to be a writer, she surprised no one. Family Guardian, her first book, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set du ...more
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