Saturday, March 3, 2012

Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes

Heart's Safe Passage
by Laurie Alice Eakes
The Midwives, Book 2
Historical Christian Fiction / Romance
Published February 2012
Revell Books
377 pages



About the Book
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
Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes is an incredibly adventurous story! I was just hanging on to figure out how everything was going to work out in the end. Rafe and Phoebe were the perfect hero and heroine in this story. At first glance, they are total opposites and provided a lot of balance for one another. However, as the story progressed, they realized that they had more in common than they could have imagined.

I was also impressed by how well-researched the book was. The historical touches and the dialect used by Rafe and others gives it a more realistic touch and made me feel as though I were really sailing the Atlantic with a Scottish captain.

I can't believe I haven't read anything by Laurie Alice Eakes before! I'll definitely go back and read some of her previous books while waiting on the next installment of The Midwives series! [4 stars]

Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.

About the Author
Laurie Alice Eakes has created stories since she can remember. In 2003, she graduated from Seton Hill University with a master’s degree in writing and sold her first book two years later. Family Guardian won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007, and her third book, The Glassblower was a 2010 Carol Award finalist in 2010. In the past three years, she has sold six books to Baker/Revell, five of which are set during the Regency time period, four books to Barbour Publishing, as well as two novellas to Barbour Publishing and one to Baker/Revell. Six of her books have been picked up by Thorndike Press for large print publication, and Lady in the Mist, her first book with Revell, was chosen for hardcover publication with Crossings Bookclub. She also teaches online writing courses and enjoys a speaking ministry that has taken her from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast.

Laurie Alice lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs and two cats, and is learning how to make tamales.

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