Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes
I have loved Laurie Alice Eakes’s Midwives series. Each story has been unique–and wonderful. This third installment, focusing on the daughter of the midwife from the first book, is no exception. Set against the backdrop of a feuding Appalachian family in the 1840s, the story winds and twists like a rushing river. Like all of Laurie Alice’s stories, the characters capture and hold you, the deep, rich story keeps pulling you forward, and the writings itself adds unobtrusive beauty to it all. Once I got started, it was hard to put down. In fact, I spent one afternoon when I’d meant to be writing finishing this book instead!
Here’s the backcover blurb.
Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. But when a scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther takes a position as a teacher in the western mountains of Virginia instead. There she finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. When it seems as though her past has followed her all the way into the mountains, all she wants is to run away again.
In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, a young woman learns the true meaning of choices of the heart.
If you enjoy romance laced with both drama and a strong spiritual thread, I highly recommend Choices of the Heart.