Heart’s Safe Passage – Laurie Alice Eakes

Heart's Safe Passage - Laurie Alice EakesRATING: 4.5 Stars

From The Cover ~
It’s 1813 and all Phoebe Lee wants out of life is to practice midwifery in Loudon County, Virginia. When Belinda, her pregnant sister-in-law, presses Phoebe to accompany her onto a British privateer in order to cross the Atlantic and save her husband from an English prison, Phoebe tries to refuse, then finds herself kidnapped.
Captain Rafe Docherty is a man in search of revenge. His ship is no place for women, but he needs Belinda in order to obtain information about the man who destroyed his family and his life. Between Belinda’s whining and Phoebe’s hostility, Rafe can’t help but wonder if he made the right choice.
When it becomes apparent there is an enemy among them on the ship, the stakes are raised. Will they reach the English shore in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?

My Thoughts ~
Buckle your seatbelts and ensure that you are ready for a roller coaster! Laurie Alice Eakes’ second instalment Heart’s Safe Passage is full of romance, adventure, mystery and secrets, I was hooked from the beginning! If you love MaryLu Tyndall’s Forsaken Dreams, then it is a near guarantee that you’ll thoroughly enjoy this book!! I found myself reflecting about Tyndall’s adventure quite frequently.
Sadly, reading greatly depends on my mood. If, however, I read a book that I’m not in the mood for and it captures my attention, then I know that it is a winner! I have to admit though, it was the romance! Their painful pasts of hatred, insecurity and revenge really allowed them to bond. I could feel them hurting for each other and this alone heightened the chemistry. Whenever they were in the same room it is electrifying; their kisses make you go weak. Phoebe’s strong, determined yet vulnerable personality perfectly matches Rafe’s determination and stubbornness.
What I love about this book is the message of forgiveness and that no matter what transgressions one has committed, God is always there to clean up the mess, allowing you to start again. The title Heart’s Safe Passage is able to be interpreted in a couple ways. Firstly, through the healing process of both Phoebe and Rafe where they had to learn to depend on God, asking for His forgiveness and surrendering all control to him. Secondly, one could also interpret it personally. Eakes’ story illustrates the kind of influence God can have in our hearts, which travel the securely with Him.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than Lady in the Mist because it held a lot more adventure and mystery. The twists concealed in the characters and their complicated pasts held me on edge. I was always trying to solve the cases before I was told the truth and it is this which made the reading more enjoyable. I also believe Eakes did a better job at character development as I felt more connected with Phoebe and Rafe. Yet Tabitha and Dominick will always have a place in my heart because it was their story that I first read.

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