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Lady in the Mist (The Midwives #1)

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,381 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Karen Witemeyer
Feb 13, 2011 Karen Witemeyer rated it really liked it
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
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
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
MaryLu Tyndall
Mar 11, 2011 MaryLu Tyndall rated it it was amazing
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
Carol Preston
Apr 09, 2014 Carol Preston rated it really liked it
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
Valerie Comer
Jan 29, 2013 Valerie Comer rated it really liked it
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
Jocelyn Green
Feb 13, 2012 Jocelyn Green rated it it was amazing
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 you
Nov 08, 2011 Becky rated it did not like it
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
May 17, 2012 Aerykah rated it it was amazing
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...
Rachel Thompson
May 21, 2012 Rachel Thompson rated it it was ok
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
Feb 14, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it
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
Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Aug 12, 2013 Alysa rated it liked it
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
Margaret Metz
Oct 16, 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
Maggie Phillippi
Jan 07, 2012 Maggie Phillippi rated it liked it
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
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
Aug 07, 2014 Karen rated it it was ok
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.
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
Zoe Schoppa
May 02, 2015 Zoe Schoppa rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book and I don't often enjoy Christian romantic fiction. Of course the main characters were both exceedingly good looking, smart, brave, etc. but they also were likable, realistic, etc. This story was fun, had a good mystery, and a very good biblical discussion regarding trusting God and not blaming him for our losses. I also like that two of the characters were trying to earn their redemption from sin but were reminded that we can earn no redemption for our sins...Jesus alr ...more
Jennifer Taylor
May 10, 2011 Jennifer Taylor rated it really liked it
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
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...
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
~setting - both time and place were lovely
~midwifery details
~well-rounded MCs and secondaries
~integrated and not overbearing religious beliefs

~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
Donna Porter
May 01, 2015 Donna Porter rated it liked it
Lately, I have a knack for picking up an author’s first book. It’s not on purpose, I assure you. It’s just a quirk of fate.

Lady in the Mist is the first work of Laurie Alice Eakes, and it is the first of her trilogy titled The Midwives.

Overall, the book was a likeable read. The characters of Tabitha Eckles and Dominick Cherrett are endearing. I liked the fact that while Tabitha really wanted to marry and have children, she was devoted to midwifery and her role in the community. I liked the time
Aug 07, 2014 R. rated it it was ok
Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes

The good
The story is a very sweet simple story. The author is earnestly using her novel writing to communicate that God loves us no matter what and is with us through all the terrible things that happen to us even when we can not feel His presence because of our hurt and grief.
I enjoy historical novels. I liked learning about the concept of a “Redemptionist” or bondservant. I was also interested in learning about the British Naval practice of kidnapping you
Mar 27, 2014 Anya rated it it was ok
As I find with so many historical fiction books, this was far too modern and, at times, anachronistic. [The hero searching a desk and noting that nothing was "taped" underneath? Really? Did they have tape in 1809?] It seems an (almost) impossible task for a present-day writer to ably write in such a way that feels realistic to the past. I have read only a handful of authors who suceed in this, and sadly most of them are from the secular market. One of the biggest problems is female protagonists ...more
Jul 06, 2011 Annika rated it did not like it
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.
Eakes has a wonderful way of writing a story, but she keeps cutting out of the climax of the scenes. I know by this time I should be used to it, but it still is annoying no matter how entertaining her books are. (view spoiler) ...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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