Lady in the Mist, The Midwives Series #1Lady in the Mist, The Midwives Series #1
Laurie Alice Eakes
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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?


 Lady in the Mist Discussion Questions: Laurie Alice Eakes


1. In chapter 1, Tabitha daydreams of something she desperately wants but thinks she will never have. How would faith in God help Tabitha have hope of seeing her dreams fulfilled? What are your dreams?


2. Dominick is an indentured servant, a form of short-term slavery. How might his heart and soul, as well as his body, be under bondage?



3. In chapter 3, Raleigh returns to Tabitha after having abandoned her years before, and wants to renew a relationship with her. Would you have reacted as Tabitha does, or in an entirely different manner? If differently, how would you treat someone who had hurt you deeply?



4. Tabitha bears heart wounds that keep her separated from God. What heart wounds have separated you from the Lord’s love and grace?



5. Being a midwife sets Tabitha apart from other women and causes her to be feared by some men. Would you have the courage to be a near outcast for the sake of your vocation? Why or why not?


6. In chapters 1 and 8, we find Dominick on the beach when he isn’t supposed to be. Although he has a mission to complete, does the end—the good of many—justify the means of violating his master’s orders? Does any duty justify breaking the law? If so, in what instance?



7. Tabitha holds a secret that will ruin her ability to continue practicing midwifery if she keeps quiet, and break people’s trust in her integrity if she gives it away to save herself. How would you react in similar circumstances?



8. In chapter 22, danger strikes Tabitha and Dominick. Who do you think the intended victim was, and why?
9. Throughout the story, Raleigh claims to be a Christian, yet his actions rarely reflect this claim. Are any of his actions, especially aboard the ship, what we would expect of Christian behavior? If so, how? And does he ever make up for his previous mistakes?



10. How do the suspense and mystery elements of the story demonstrate the themes of love, forgiveness, and sacrifice for the redemption of others?



11. Who do you think makes the most important changes in the story—Tabitha, Dominick, or Raleigh? What is the significance of the changes they make?



12. Isaiah 53:5 is the Bible verse chosen for this book. How do you think it applies to the themes in the story?



13. Who is your favorite character, and why?




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