Monday, February 21, 2011
Book Review: Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes/3 Stars
By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets: the names of fathers of illegitimate children, the level of love and harmony within many a marriage, and now the identity of a man who may have caused his wife's death. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British nob... more »leman, is doing on American soil working as a bondsman in the home of Mayor Kendall, a Southern gentleman with his eye on a higher office.
By chance one morning before the dawn has broken, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths on a misty beachhead, leading them on a twisted path through kidnappings, death threats, public disgrace, and . . . love? Can Tabitha trust Dominick? What might he be hiding? And can either of them find true love in a world that seems set against them?
This was another one of those books that I tried so very hard to like, but it was oh-so-difficult. I think that the author had a great idea to base a series of books on midwives, but this first book just fell flat. There was so little information about midwives and their roles in society that I was left wanting by the book's end. This may have had something to do with so few women in the book that were pregnant (only 3 deliveries of babies and one litter of puppies in a 400 page novel).
Another thing that kept me from really enjoying the book was all the filler. One chapter left me on a climax, then the next chapter switched to a different scene entirely, and it usually was one that had no excitement at all. By the time I got back around to the resolution of the cliffhanger from 2 chapters before, my anticipation to know what happened had vanished. This is something that I've noticed with authors that typically write short novels (Heartsong or Love Inspired), who then switch to writing a full-length novel. The plot of the story may be good, but the delivery gets choked up by all the filler to make it a longer book. (At this point, I have not read any of Ms. Eakes' other novels, but I know she has some shorter novels that have been released, and that's why I am drawing this conclusion.)
I am still interested to read the next book in this series, and I hope that there will be more of a midwife feel to it as opposed to another historical Regency. Ms. Eakes' has a great deal of talent with her writing; I just hope that it will be more focused in her next full-length book.
**Many thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.