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Posted June 10, 2012
It seems like every time I’ve turned around over the past
It seems like every time I’ve turned around over the past year, I’ve been hearing bits and pieces about this book. Before reading it, I knew several things: the hero was a bad boy on a dangerous mission, the heroine was a headstrong midwife, and they went to sea.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Well, the story proved to be much more than a bad boy meets a good girl and they live happily ever after. “Sweeping” is the best word I can think of to describe it. It starts off in Virginia, where the heroine heads to sea against her will and due to the scheming of a cruel sister-in-law. From Virginia, Phoebe’s whisked away to Bermuda, then England, and even France. Despite the wide scope of geography covered in the novel, Eakes does a masterful job creating mood and setting. I felt like I was personally visiting every country she described and living through the War of 1812. Eakes understanding of the American, British, and Scottish mindsets is nothing short of amazing.
Furthermore, the characters of Rafe and Phoebe are richly drawn. Neither is perfect, both make mistakes, and both struggle along the path to forgiveness and redemption. They have so much to overcome both physically and emotionally, that at times I wondered if they would ever make it. But they DID make it, and it’s a wonderful story readers won’t soon forget.
Posted March 5, 2012
This is the third book I have read from Laurie Alice and I find
This is the third book I have read from Laurie Alice and I find myself loving each book even more than the one before and wondering how that is even possible. One of the biggest draws for me is the characters. Her characters are so alive and real. They grab my heart and I struggle right along with them throughout the story. The other thing that really grabs me is her settings and the history surrounding the characters. I have become so wrapped up in history of late that when I read these books I love finding historical events that I can say "I remember learning about that!"Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Phoebe is such a beloved character. She is strong and caring yet quiet because she has learned to be for her profession of midwifery. Yet she hides a part of herself away, buried under a mountain of pain and fears. The tenderness she shows others is something we should all strive for. I love how she is able to draw Rafe out of his hard shell with her gentleness. Ugly rumors follow her but behind the rumors there are truths that no one knows.
Rafe is a mystery but we see glimpses of his real self from time to time. While he is lead by revenge he still cares so much for his friends and others in his charge. He struggles to not fall in love with Phoebe but longs to have a normal life with her and a family. A thought he quickly puts from his mind over and over again. He is a gentle man but one that can command a crew with authority and strength of character. He not only struggles with the love growing inside his heart for Phoebe, he struggles with a lost faith in God. Phoebe makes it her "mission" to bring him back to the Lord.
This is a wonderful book and I recommend it highly. And don't forget to get book one in this series, Lady in the Mist. I can't wait for book three to come out, plus her other books.
Posted March 4, 2012
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Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes
Laurie Alice Eakes brings readers a book that is a feast for the senses. The second book in Eakes' Midwives series, Heart's Safe Passage, is part romance and part adventure on the high seas. America and England are at war and so are the main characters of this book, fighting not only each other, but their own pasts. Eakes has the ability to draw the reader into her story in every way, with characters that resonate with the reader, descriptions that will have the reader feeling the salty sea air and smelling the dank insides of a privateer's ship. This is a book that will have readers feeling the full gamete of emotions. Great sophomore book in a great historical series! Laurie Alice Eakes has a gift that not many authors can boast. Her writing style is so descriptive that the reader will use just about every sense from taste to smell, while reading this book. I thought it was amazing how well Eakes was able to put the reader not only in the center of the action but into the very essence of the scene. I like it when an author understands what makes a scene grip a reader. It's often being able to see that scene pan out like a clip from a movie in the reader's minds eye and that's done with very descriptive wording. How many authors have you read, who describe the smells the characters are sensing? Very realistic and very well done. Another big selling point in this one is the depth of the characters. They are so multi-faceted. Nothing is cut and dried with this one. Some of the characters that readers learn to love and respect can still show their faults and vulnerabilities and some characters readers find distasteful and hard to like, show surprising moments of compassion and likability. It's the yin and the yang, a little good in every bad thing and a little bad in every good thing. But it makes for some really interesting reading. It's unpredictable and thought provoking. Phoebe is a woman who just wants to be able to practice her gift for midwifery. She isn't asking a whole lot it seems, but it has been a difficult road for her. Her past is never really far from the surface. Rafe has one thing on his mind, revenge or justice, ever how you want to paint that picture. He's determined and intent on his purpose. When these two characters collide, it's pretty magical. Most Christian romances don't go much beyond the surface with the feelings and emotions that the characters are feeling, but I'll have to say Eakes makes this love story engrossing and at times very satisfying for readers who love romantic fiction. The chemistry between these two characters is as amazing as their journey toward resolving their own issues, with faith and the reality of life.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 2, 2012
Here's what I loved about this book:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
•The setting. Almost all of it takes place on a ship (a brig, Captain Docherty would correct me). But far from being boring, I found it fascinating to learn about life at sea.
•The characters. Once again, these are no cardboard cut-outs. There are qualities to admire in them, but there are also flaws. The people you want to cheer for might disappoint you at times, and the ones you want to dislike might surprise you with shining moments.
•The word painting. Laurie Alice Eakes is the best comtemporary author I've read for using the sense of smell in her descriptions. This is difficult to do, and not every author bothers with it, but if you can conjure up the smell of the scene, you're drawn in even deeper into the fictional world. It's a powerful sense. Reading Heart's Safe Passage, it isn't hard to imagine yourself really there.
•The plotting. There are dramatic moments in the character's hearts, and moments full of physical danger. Plenty of life-and-death scenes are sprinkled throughout the book, whether it's a physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis.
I highly recommend this book, with no reservation.
Posted February 5, 2012
Wow! I just finished this book and LOVED IT! Laurie Alice Eakes is one of my favorite authors. In this book she delves into some tough issues instead of skirting around them. She had me dying to finish it and trying to sneak time away to read. The emotion in this book is amazing. The hero and heroine are so real you feel like you are right there with them, feeling their joy and their pain. The story kept me on the edge of my seat! I never knew what was next and I am good at guessing story lines. But it was so nice to read a story that was new and fresh. The story was fast moving, the characters well developed, the setting very real. I think this is my favorite yet. I really hated to see it end. I felt like I was having to close the book on friends. One of the best books I've read. It is a MUST READ!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 8, 2013
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