Lady In The Mist – Laurie Alice Eakes

Lady In The Mist - Laurie Alice EakesRATING: 3.95 STARS
From the Cover ~
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?
With stirring writing that puts readers directly into the story, Lady in the Mist expertly explores themes of identity, misperception, and love’s discovery.

My Thoughts ~
This will most definitely not be the last book of Eakes that I will read (I have already borrowed the next book in the series :P) It is full of adventure and mystery that my mind was working overtime to figure it out before Tabitha and Dominick did. But I failed miserably, however I was close!
The romantic tension was great!! It was clear from Tabitha and Dominick’s first encounter that they had chemistry. His handsome English features and gentlemanly characteristics are sure to win the hearts of many girls, mine included (am I just glad that reading allows me to imagine myself as Tabitha 🙂 ) The kisses and flirtations are heart-warming and spine tingling. Heightening this is Dominick’s protection of Anika and his need of always having to see her, despite that he may be placed in danger. The attraction was truly heart-warming, as were his endearments – ‘Madame Mermaid’ only being one of them. I also loved their walks on the beach amongst the mist, an ideal romantic destination? ….The jealousy only added to it! The return of Raleigh caused conflicting emotions as Anika wanted to make sure that she wouldn’t get hurt again, although it was probably too late for that!
What I found really creative by Eakes, was that she wrote about Midwives. I have never read about them before, especially in the era that Eakes wrote it in – the early 1800s. Their responsibilities, secrets and traditions were not only eye-opening and interesting, but it made for a really good story and adventure!  Reinforcing this were the problems around Dominick’s British heritage for it only served to complicate matters as it was during the time when Britain and America were on the brink of war.

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