Heart’s Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes

Heart’s Safe Passage

 by Laurie Alice Eakes

 

 

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 English shore in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?

Book 2 in The Midwives series, Heart’s Safe Passage is a stirring tale of love, intrigue, and adventure on the high seas. Readers will feel the salt spray and the rolling waves as they journey with Laurie Alice Eakes’s vivid characters on the treacherous path toward redemption.

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The year is 1813 and the War of 1812 has been underway, thus being the reason that Belinda is determined to travel aborad a British privateer in order to rescue her husband from an English prison. She’s made a deal with the ships captain, Rafe Docherty and now she needs to talk her sister-in-law into going with her to be her midwife, and everything will be in line to take off. This turns out to be a not so easy task because sister-in-law Phoebe has no intentions to get on the ship. But Belinda ends up making it happen, and so the story begins.

Ralph is just as frustrated as Phoebe that she is on the ship, no way does he want to deal with two American women, but he finds himself attracted to her and ends up helping her along the way. I really like Rafe. Being the captain of the ship, he is tough and incharge, yet we see the caring side of him too, and especially with his feelings for Phoebe. He’s been struggling with things in his past, but now we see his new stuggles with how he feels about Phoebe and thinking about a normal life with her.

Phoebe endures much from being lied to by Belinda, but she is a tough lady and soon we see her faith and strength and her caring personality as she tries to help Rafe with his struggles. She takes a lot off of Belinda on the trip too, and it’s really sickening how Belinda is so spoiled and expectes Phoebe to wait on her. Belinda will do what it takes to get her way. She’s the character in the book that gets on everyone’s nerves, you gotta have them right? She’s just a spoiled brat!

I thought this was a wonderful story and I enjoyed it immensely. The characters were very well created and developed, believable and likeable. Well that is except for Belinda, but really the story wouldn’t have been as good without her! The historical setting, events, ship life, and everything was very well researched and amazingly detailed. And having been to Williamsburg several times, it was fun to imagine the setting there as I read the story. Very well thought out and written story. It will be well worth your time to grab a copy of this book to read and enjoy for yourself.

Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

I received this book from Revell Publishers. I was not required or expected to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

 

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