Since three out of five of my babies were born with a midwife's assistance, I thought that this new series by Laurie Alice Eakes, The Midwives, would be interesting. I feel a connection with women who, for various reasons, make it their profession to help other women give birth. And I can say, because of my experience, that most midwives are caring and beneficial helpers in the birthing process. I have been blessed with three of the best.
Lady in the Mist did not disappoint. The characters are genuine and believable. As I said last week, they did not come across as black/white, good/bad, but a realistic mixture of "(For) I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing" (Romans 7:19). There are a few "bad guys", but most of the rest are people just like you and me, sinners in need of a savior.
The main character in this book is Tabitha, who is the "lady in the mist". As she goes about her duties as the village midwife, she meets Dominick, a British aristocrat who has come to America to work as an indentured servant to the town mayor. Why he is really there is a mystery to all. Tabitha is not sure she can trust this man, but at the same time finds herself attracted to him. Will love survive in a world of lies and intrigue?
There are many twists and turns in the novel as the reader attempts to figure out who is telling the truth and who is lying. One minute a hero appears to be a villain, the next an upright citizen seems to be a spy. I had fun reading this book. Although not as complex as an Agatha Christie, the plot still met my expectations of an entertaining and satisfying read.
I give Lady in the Mist 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
“Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
(I received this book from Revell for review purposes. I received no monetary compensation for this review. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)