I’m kind of a snot.  I love to read, yet I have all sorts of qualifications that determine whether a book is worth my precious reading time.  Laurie Alice Eakes new Midwives book, Heart’s Safe Passage, added a dimension that I’ve never encountered.  The story that (almost) never ends.  In a GOOD way!

From the publisher:

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?

I was about 1/3 of the way through and thought that with all that had happened, I must have been further than I thought.  I was delighted to learn I was wrong!   Heart’s Safe Passage was full of mystery, suspense, lies, deception action and adventure.  Oh, and a love story, too :).  The settings,  descriptions and storytelling were fabulously woven together and she managed to fit an almost epic story in only 374 pages.  That most certainly didn’t feel like 374 pages, I might add.

So if you like historical fiction/romance, clean books, love stories, action, adventure, pirates or midwives, you will probably enjoy Heart’s Safe Passage.  Check out your copy today–Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.  As usual, all opinions are my own.

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