I’m generally a cross-genre reader, picking up everything from mystery to historical to romance to . . . you name it. Pretty much everything except horror and erotica. And while I like each of these in their separateness, it’s even better when they all collide in one book.
Lady in the Mist by Laurie Alice Eakes is that kind of book. Set in 1809 on the coast of Virginia, it blends meticulous historical detail with mystery, suspense, political intrigue and romance. Tabitha is a midwife who not only wants a family of her own, she wants to stop the English from impressing the men of her town into their navy. Enter an Englishman turned indentured servant and the fun begins.
I loved learning about history from this book—not only the time period of some of the political issues, but about the role of midwives, a subject on which Laurie Alice has done extensive research. But she does so much more than convey history. She creates a book that is hard to put down. Not only are the characters and their stories completely engaging, the quality of the writing makes them even more so. Laurie Alice is truly a master of the craft, besides being a lovely person to know.
Lady in the Mist is the first book in Laurie Alice’s series The Midwives. I’m already excited to see what she’s come up with for the next one!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher.