Between the beautiful covers of this book, you’ll find a fresh story that ties the history with the present in a unique way. Even though it’s a contemporary tale, there’s much of family heritage and the past that connects the plot and characters together. Well-written and unique, the book is full of suspense and twists as curvy as the mountain roads of the Appalachian community.
There were, however, still a few things I had difficulty connecting to. I liked both Ashley and Hunter, but I didn’t connect with them as much as I hoped to. Their romance seemed small and at times a bit forced amidst the bigger themes of the plot. There was good suspense and surprises along the way, but again I wasn’t as hooked in as I expected to be.
Even with a few things missing for me, I still appreciated how the characters grew and matured and sacrificed for others. I enjoyed the setting and liked following Ashley along in her unique role as a midwife. Real life is a huge part of this book. It deals with family trust issues, forgiveness, and friendship. Read it and see what you think. 🙂
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild for my copy.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The women in Ashley’s family have helped mothers usher new life into this world for generations. But what if it’s Ashley’s turn to have a new life?
Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth to a baby at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take her to the nearest hospital. The new mother is dangerously bleeding and needs medical attention. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby… before it’s too late.
Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want from a daring rescue of a young girl, he received a mysterious phone call from the middle of Virginia from a woman claiming to be his mother. He seeks out the aid of the local midwife—her family has assisted in the births of most babies for many generations; surely she can shed some light on his own family background.
Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams she has long put aside, dreams of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that make her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?
Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and six of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and probably too many cats.
For more, visit her at http://lauriealiceeakes.com