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Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes
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Feb 13, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

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. Dominick Cherrett charms the midwife in order to gain access to information that could help him redeem himself from his indentured status, but the more time he spends with Tabitha, the harder it is to keep his heart unaffected.

This was a lovely read, and one I am happy to recommend. There were a few actions scenes that were cut off rather abruptly that I would have enjoyed seeing played out "on stage" instead of recapped later in narrative or dialogue, but that is my only complaint. The spiritual thread of trusting God and seeking forgiveness not through self-imposed penance but through a humble heart played out well in the lives of the characters and felt natural to the plot. Readers who enjoy historical fiction with a touch of espionage and a generous helping of secrets, will find Lady in the Mist a delight.
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