I find the lives of midwives fascinating and loved to read about them! I was thrilled to be asked to review the latest book in Laurie Alice Eakes "The Midwives" series, "Choices of the Heart."
She thought she had left her old life behind . . .
Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. When a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud--and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. All she wants is to run away again.
Romance, drama, mystery - "Choices of the Heart" has all these elements plus an inspirational message of forgiveness.
This is the third book in Laurie Alice Eakes' Midwives series, but I was easily able to delve into the story without having read the previous two books. I enjoyed the complex relationship between the characters, and the mountain setting of Virigina were intriguing. Eakes also does a fantastic job of presenting the complicated aspects of family feuding that took place (and still takes place) in the back-hill country.
I also enjoyed reading about the midwife skills that character Esther employed, and how her healing skills not only were used for medical purposes, but to heal family ties as well. Eakes does a brilliant job of telling this part of the story.
I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys historical fiction, inspirational fiction and gentle romance.
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, and several other novels. She won a National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2007 for Family Guardian. Laurie Alice writes full-time from her home in Texas, where she lives with her husband and sundry dogs and cats.
My thanks to Baker Books/ Revell for providing the review copy of this book. I was not compensated for my opinion.
Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.