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.
I read Lady in the Mist back in 2013 before my dream of starting a book review blog had become reality. I wrote this review on Goodreads and it is very simplistic. Not quite the review that I strive for today but I feel that Lady in the Mist merits reading and so I am posting my rookie review (with a few tweaks).
I truly enjoyed Lady in the Mist and I don't often enjoy Christian romantic fiction. Of course, the main characters are exceedingly good looking, smart, brave... They are also likable and realistic.
Laurie Alice Eakes has written a story that is fun, has a good mystery, and a very good biblical discussion regarding trusting God and not blaming him for our losses.
There are two prominent themes in Lady in the Mist. The first of which is redemption. Two of Eakes' characters were trying to earn their redemption from sin. They learned that we cannot earn our redemption... only Jesus can redeem us and we are blessed in that He has already paid the redemption price. The second theme is trust. Particularly, the value of being found trustworthy. I know that so many of us focus on following the rules in order to stay out of trouble but it is so much wiser to do the right thing because that is what God expects of us as believers. To be found trustworthy is of great value.
the Midwives series
Midwives' historic role in society began to fascinate Laurie Alice Eakes in graduate school. Before she was serious about writing fiction, she knew she wanted to write novels with midwife heroines. Ten years, several published novels, four relocations, and a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency later, the midwives idea returned, and Lady in the Mist was born. Now she writes full time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.