“Heart’s Safe Passage” jumps right into action with Phoebe Lee’s abduction as she is forced to accompany her sister-in-law aboard an English privateer bound to rescue her imprisoned husband. There is much more to this story than first meets the eye as one by one, hidden motives and secrets are revealed. Phoebe and the ship’s captain Rafe Docherty both have buried pain and unforgiveness that must be dealt with if they are ever to move on with life. Their unexpected attraction complicates all their plans and a future together seems impossible.

Although not a “pirate” story, “Heart’s Safe Passage” has it’s share of swashbuckling scenes with sea battles, storms, mutiny, murder, and daring rescues. The developing romance between Phoebe and Rafe is well done and Rafe’s daughter adds the perfect counterpoint to all the drama. The spiritual aspect of the narrative was well integrated and concluded perfectly. The scenes aboard the ship were so well done that I could almost feel the roll of the deck and the spray in my face.

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Laurie Alice Eakes writes a stirring tale of love, intrigue, and adventure on the high seas. In book 2 of The Midwives series,you will feel the salt spray and the rolling waves as you make the journey with these vivid characters on the treacherous path toward redemption.

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 shores of England in time? Can love and forgiveness overcome vengeance?

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.

Learn more about Laurie and her books on her website.


“In her delightful and descriptive style, author Laurie Alice Eakes has once again crafted a story that will capture readers’ hearts from the first page. Her tales are both exciting and tender, and her characters speak to us right where they are, despite the different cultural and time settings. Heart’s Safe Passage may well be her greatest offering to date.”–Kathi Macias, author of Deliver Me from Evil and A Christmas Journey Home

“I’m still thinking about the characters in Heart’s Safe Passage, the new novel from Laurie Alice Eakes. Her turn of phrase and twist of a plot had me smiling long after the last page was turned. Eakes has crafted a don’t-miss story. Well done!”–Kathleen Y’Barbo, author of The Inconvenient Marriage of Charlotte Beck

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