Friday, February 18, 2011

Blog Tour: Lady in the Midst (Review)

By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, why he, a British aristocrat, is on American soil working as an indentured servant.

In a time when relations between America and England rest on the edge of a knife, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths, leading them on a journey of intrigue, threats, public disgrace, and . . . love. But can Tabitha trust Dominick? Finding true love seems impossible in a world set against them.


What I Thought
I read this book with mixed feelings. I liked the time period this book was set in - it was refreshing to read a historical novel set in the early founding of the United States.

Because I'm not as familiar with this time period, I did have to struggle a bit to put it into context - a bit before the war of 1812 - because of the tension between England and America.

I liked the character of Tabitha - a strong, independent single girl. It was frustrating that the author wrote the story with Tabitha not feeling very confident because she was unmarried. Part of this was written because of the novel's historical setting, but it was frustrating that the author fell into the "Christian romance" trap that a woman's life seems unfulfilled until a man comes into it.

I also struggled with the book because well, the middle section seemed to "drag" a bit. I'll be honest, I skipped ahead several chapters, read the end and said - oh, that's what she was trying to say, now everything makes sense.

Here's the deal - this is a well written book - interesting characters and storyline. If you like books set in the early 1800s, you'll like this book. It's filled with an "old English" style of mannerisms and language. But if this style isn't your normal cup of tea, well, you might want to give it a pass.

On a scale of one to five, with five as the highest - I give this book a three. I would be willing to read the next book in the series - because the writing held my attention and I'm always willing to give an author a second chance.  

More About The Author
The role of midwives in history began to fascinate Laurie Alice Eakes in graduate school and she knew that someday she wanted to write novels with midwife heroines.

Ten years later, after several published novels and a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency, the midwives idea returned, and Lady in the Mist was born. Eakes has a masters degree in creative writing and now writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.

Online Resources
Buy Lady in the Midst @ Amazon
Read an Excerpt of Lady in the Midst @ Revell
Download a Reading Guide for Lady in the Midst
Visit Laurie Alice Eakes' website

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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