Friday, February 11, 2011
Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes
Cinematic. Atmospheric. Sweeping. These descriptors are usually reserved for theatrical presentations, but I found Laurie Alice Eake’s novel Lady in the Mist brimming with these very qualities.
With writing that was insightful, intuitive, almost clairvoyant, Lady in the Mist enraptured me with a beautiful story of discovery, shame, loss, betrayal, hope, faith, and love’s redemption. Laurie Alice Eakes stands shoulder to shoulder with the greats with her deeply moving romance featuring Tabitha Eckles, a midwife caught in the middle of local and international crosscurrents, and Dominick Cherrett, an exiled Lord seeking restoration from disgrace.
Ms. Eakes’ romantic savoir-faire evoked the bittersweet beauty of falling in love in the most unaccommodating circumstance and choosing that love, defying reason, and risking all. She enlists deepest passion while maintaining the utmost purity in her writing, and then raises the stakes with conspiracy, suspense, and a plot that unfolds with increasing intensity.
Few novels have inspired my imagination as this one has. Set in coastal Virginia in 1809, the tale is told with beautiful imagery, historic detail that shimmers like gemstone, and with a soul that transcends time and place to deliver a powerful, emotional experience and a poignant message of grace.
This novel is the first in The Midwives series, setting the stage for more turbulence leading up to the War of 1812, and no doubt, more epic romance.
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