Wonderful story set on the mid-coast of America right before the War of 1812. Eakes knows her historical period as well as sailing. You can just imagine yourself in that time period, feel the spray on your cheeks as you skim the waves on a fishing sailboat.
You also get a good view of what led up to the war from the American side. I'm so used to studying it from the British and French perspectives.
But most of all, you get to read about a wonderfully charming British hero and his growing fascination with a tart, no-nonsense midwife, who, nevertheless, is enough of a free spirit that he finds himself falling in love before he knows it.
But it's a hopeless love as they see it, since he is not from her world, and she can never fit in his. Throw in a mystery plot, which the two join forces to solve, and you have the ingredients of a great suspenseful romance.
In Lady in the Mist, Laurie Alice Eakes has created a story that will keep you reading to learn who is determined to do away with Tabitha Eckles, the town's midwife, and what are the secrets surrounding Dominick Cherrit and his background. When these two meet in the mists on the beach in Virginia, emotions arise that cause doubts and frustrations, but neither Dominick nor Tabitha is able to control the attraction and the troubles it brings. Set in a time when the young colonies were still struggling to build a strong defense system and prevent another war with England, the twists and turns with spies and counter spies will grab your interest and not let go until the end.
This is a great romantic suspense, and I loved trying to work out the intricacies of the plot. The mystery about who everyone was and what their motives were was very well done. The historic details were very interesting, and I loved the "midwife" aspect of the story.
There were only two small things that weren't to my taste. I felt like the wording could have been better in a few areas, but that was very seldom. The other thing was that at the end of the book, in the final conflict where everything comes to light, it ends in the "middle" of the scene. So you just hear about what happened from later on in the next chapter. That could have been changed in my opinion, but it wasn't a "deal-breaker" for me. It didn't hurt the story; I just thought it would have been improved if that were different. In all, I think this is a great book and I look forward to reading more in this series!
In a market saturated with inspirational romance authors, few books stand out as spectacular reads. Lady in the Mist is one of those books. It won't leave you feeling as though you've read this story before.
Eakes takes a woman deserted by every significant person in her life and pairs her with a man who has no choice but to one day abandon her. The characters of Tabatha and Dominick embody the essence of Christian romance. As the couple confronts forces both internal and external that drive them apart, both characters must work out their own relationships with God as well as solve a threatening mystery.
I wish more romance writers wrote stories like this one. I'll definitely be reading Eakes' next book.