Choices of the Heart: A Novel
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Choices of the Heart: A Novel

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by Laurie Alice Eakes
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Midwife Esther Cherrett follows in the footsteps of generations of women delivering babies in coastal Virginia until scandal and tragedy threaten to ruin her mother’s practice and Esther’s reputation in this third novel, which continues the Midwives Series from Eakes (the Daughters of Bainbridge House series). To protect her parents, Esther abandons her calling as a midwife and leaves her coastal Virginia home to take a position as teacher to children in rural Appalachia. She is forced to reveal her healing skills, however, when she lands in the middle of a bloody, long-running family feud. Cousins Griff and Zach have vowed before God to end the killing, but when Griff is attacked mysteriously, an unmarried sister turns up pregnant, and both men find themselves falling in love with beautiful Esther, all hope of peace between the families might be threatened. Esther also must come to terms with the past that has followed her into the mountains and with feelings that God has abandoned her. She battles a growing attraction to one of the men in the face of past actions that she believes make her undesirable to any potential husband. Well-written descriptive passages help develop the mood, but the story offers little mystery, few details that set it in 1842, or much persuasive justification for Esther’s self-loathing. Agent: Tamela Hancock Murray, Steve Laube Agency. (Jan.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800719869
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Series:
Midwives Series, #3
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
271,059
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist, Heart's Safe Passage, A Necessary Deception, A Flight of Fancy, 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.

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Choices of the Heart: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
DebbieLynneCostello More than 1 year ago
Laurie Alice Eakes just keeps out doing herself. Her latest and final book in her Midwives series is brilliant. I love a story where I don't know in the first chapter who our heroine will end up with and Ms. Eakes pulls it off in Choices of the Heart. Her descriptions as always are wonderful and vivid allowing you to see the story play out around you. Not only her hero and heroine are well fleshed out but so are her secondary characters. Laurie Alice Eakes in my opinion is on her way to the top of the charts. Just when I think she can't write any better she has another book out there that blows me away. This story has so much to offer, romance, rivalry, mystery, feuds, midwifery, family, oh my goodness the list is fabulous. I highly recommend Choices of the Heart!
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Christine_Lindsay More than 1 year ago
The intrigue of who would win the heart of this honest-to-goodness heroine, Esther, had me gripped from page one. I thoroughly enjoyed this third of the Midwife series. What I especially liked were the realistic blurs between what appears the bad guy or woman in the story, and that by going beneath the veneer of a person, you find a troubled heart.I think this is my favorite of the Midwife series because of that fact. In real life, the lines between hero and villian are not so clearly defined. Wounded hearts make it hard to make the best choices in life. Very apt title for that reason. I recommend Choices of the Heart as an intelligent, gripping human historcal drama, written with deft artistry.
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iblog4books More than 1 year ago
Choice of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes Esther is running away from something—exactly what that is, we don't find out until a ways into the book (and all of the details don't come until closer to the end). She accepts a position as a teacher in a mountain community that just so happens to be feuding among themselves. As Esther's secrets start coming out and the feuding starts up again, she must figure out whether she will continue to run or if she will accept God's forgiveness and learn to forgive herself. After reading the second book in Laurie Alice Eakes' Midwives series, I knew I wanted to read Choices of the Heart as soon as it came out! The book was a bit different than what I expected, though still very good. All of the drama of the feuding families an the love triangle definitely brought some tension to the story, which was interesting to try to figure out. And Eakes did a great job of allowing readers to be conflicted about which guy should win Esther's heart, which is sometimes hard to do. I also enjoyed getting to know the people and the setting of this mountain community. The scenery was well-written and gave me a great picture of what the area must truly be like (or at least back in the 1840s!). While I did enjoy the book, I was bothered by the way that the issue in Esther's past was addressed. I don't want to give anything away, but it was made to seem like it was Esther's fault—which it was not, no matter what she did prior to the actual event. (Possibly the author wrote it this way since that is how Esther felt for much of the book, but it just bothered me.) I also felt that the pacing was a bit off. We didn't find out all of the details about this mysterious "thing" that happened until close to the end, and then everything wrapped up pretty quickly. While I enjoyed the previous book more, this was still a wonderful read. I recommend the entire series! [3.5 stars] Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy of this book from Revell Books in exchange for my fair and honest review.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Laurie Alice Eakes in her new book, “Choices of the Heart” Book Three in the Midwives series published by Revell brings us to Virginia in 1842. From the Back Cover: She thought she had left her old life behind . . . Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. When a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther flees, taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia. But instead of the refuge she was seeking, Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud–and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. All she wants is to run away again. Yet could it be that her past holds the key to reconciliation–and love? In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, you’ll discover the true meaning of choices of the heart. In “Choices of the Heart” Laurie Alice Eakes gives us the story of Esther, a girl on the run from a terrible scandal. “Choices of the Heart” is a story that has a long family feud, two men vying for Esther’s affections and Esther who really is trying to have nothing to do with men. It is a tale loaded with the past that, unless dealt with, will prevent all the characters from really moving forward and reaching their destiny. “Choices of the Heart” is a great way to finish a wonderful series and Ms. Eakes creates really fun, believable characters that you care for as they live through this adventure. I am sorry to see this series come to an end however I am looking forward to the next series from this very talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Ah the title is correct...what are the choices of our heart? The story takes place 1840 Virginia, a very different world than today. Young Esther Cherrett is a young woman what has been rather spoiled during her life, she is the only daughter. Her father is a Pastor, and her mother is a Midwife, who learned her skills from her mother and has passed them down to Esther. Esther does have a big problem...she is a terrible flirt, and when things go awry, she is blamed. No one will believe she is innocent...she has a reputation, and is not able to live it down. She decides to take a teaching job, way up in the Mountains of Virginia. What she has run away from is now mild compared to what is going on here. More like the Hatfields and the McCoys...or the Tollivers and the Gosnolls. Brookses. Neffs. It appears that there is so little value for human life. They really are all related, and Mrs Tolliver is a sister to Mrs Brooks....terrible. Esther is now giving up her medical knowledge...not, and going to be teaching. She is also being looked at as a potential wife for either Zach Brook or Griff Tolliver. Even though her past haunts her, she is not looking for a husband. Loved looking at this beautiful Mountain area through Esther's eyes...so wonderful. This is a page turning, and compelling read. Travel back to old time Virginia, and enjoy! I received this book through Revell's review program, and was not required to give a positive review.
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
CHOICES OF THE HEART by Laurie Alice Eakes is an exciting inspirational historical romance set in the western mountains of Virginia in 1842. It is book 3 in "The Midwives" but can be read as a stand alone. See, "Lady of the Mist" and "Heart's Safe Passage". Filled with deception,a Midwife,suspense,secrets,lies,scandal,seeking refuge,feuding,trust,faith,mountain people,romance, love, and a bittersweet loss. Follow, Ester Cherret,a Midwive,who is running away from a scandal,Zack Brooks and Griff Tolliver,mountain folk on a mission, on a journey of secrets,danger,and "Choices of the Heart". A fast paced story that is bittersweet at times,filled with faith,and love at others. Be warned, Ms. Eakes has woven a story with realistic characters that will have you turning pages with your heart in your throat. The plot is intriguing with realistic actions. You will be sucked into the drama and the people of the Mountains of Virginia during the 1840's. A must read for anyone who enjoys historical romance, Mountain people, and love. Received for an honest review from the publisher. For more information visit the author's website,Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More. “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/My Book Addiction Reviews