“Heart’s Safe Passage” is book two in author Laurie Alice Eakes The Midwives series. Although this book is enjoyable as a stand alone novel, I found myself to be thankful that I had read book one. Having read book one I knew more about a couple of the characters mentioned in passing as well as further understanding of the treatment of midwives in the society and time-frame of the book. This was a beautiful story, full of characters with complex backgrounds that were fun to read and unravel.
I had not before thought about what life aboard a privateer would be like for a woman, much less a pregnant woman and her midwife, but the author made the experience come to life and felt very believable. The tensions between the characters kept me reading eagerly until the very end.
Book Cover Review
A very well executed cover. The tossing sea, the boat rigging, and wind swept hair mimic the stormy tone of the majority of the story. Additionally, the overcoat worn by the cover model helps to set up that this is a historical vs. a contemporary novel. Additionally, the use of grungy, off-white or slightly yellowed tones within the photography helps to give the book an aged/historical appearance. I also love the treatment of the book’s title. The handling has just the right touch – it draws attention to the title, makes it highly readable, yet doesn’t overpower the rest of the design. Very well balanced. And happily, the back cover design keeps the momentum going. The golden tones and nautical boat add interest, while still leaving plenty of space for compelling marketing copy.
*Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Heart’s Safe Passage
By Laurie Alice Eakes
Laurie Alice Eakes writes a stirring tale of love, intrigue, and adventure on the high seas. In book 2 of The Midwives series, you will feel the salt spray and the rolling waves as you make the journey with these vivid characters on the treacherous path toward redemption.
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 shores of England in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?
Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, A Necessary Deception, 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.
Endorsements for Heart’s Safe Passage & Laurie Alice Eakes
“In her delightful and descriptive style, author Laurie Alice Eakes has once again crafted a story that will capture readers’ hearts from the first page. Her tales are both exciting and tender, and her characters speak to us right where they are, despite the different cultural and time settings. Heart’s Safe Passage may well be her greatest offering to date.”–Kathi Macias, author of Deliver Me from Evil and A Christmas Journey Home
“I’m still thinking about the characters in Heart’s Safe Passage, the new novel from Laurie Alice Eakes. Her turn of phrase and twist of a plot had me smiling long after the last page was turned. Eakes has crafted a don’t-miss story. Well done!”–Kathleen Y’Barbo, author of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck