Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes tells the story of Tabitha Eckles, a young midwife who has resigned herself to the fact that she will never have a child of her own, as she is 24 years old and has no marriage prospects after her fiancé left her before their wedding. Through the chance encounter with a British indentured servant, Dominick Cherrett, Tabitha must face the realities of the tense relations between America and England.
I really enjoyed this book and liked the historical aspect which showed the tense relationship between America and England during the 1800s. British navy vessels were taking American citizens off the coast of Virginia during this time to serve in their military, with no hope of returning to their families in America. During the book, Dominick is on a mission to determine who is turning the Americans over to the British navy, and through this mission he finds himself falling in love with Tabitha. Throughout the story, there is not only the romance between the two characters but also a mystery as Dominick attempts to determine who is a traitor to their own country. Tabitha must use the knowledge she has gained when delivering babies to piece the puzzle together as to who would commit theses atrocious actions.
I was very interested in hearing about the historical background of Midwives in the first of The Midwives series of books, and I can’t wait to read more books by Laurie Alice Eakes to learn more about this historical background of midwives. I also enjoyed how both Dominick and Tabitha struggled with their relationship with God. Dominick felt as if he must prove himself to God, by doing something good, to atone for past sings. On the other hand, Tabitha has ended her relationship with Jesus because she felt he took everyone of importance from her, so he must not care about her. Although they were both struggling with their faith, together they were able to overcome these obstacles.
Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.