15 March 2012

Diana Flowers Reviews Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes


Heart's Safe Passage 
by Laurie Alice Eakes
(Revell, 2012)

4.5 stars~
Romance On The High Seas!

In Heart's Safe Passage, Laurie Alice Eakes has weaved an exciting tale of intrigue, betrayal, vengeance, and romance on the high seas!
It is the year 1813, and our lovely heroine, Phoebe Lee wishes only to practice midwifery in Virginia, amidst the turmoil of the War of 1812. Her pregnant sister in law, Belinda, arranges for Phoebe to be kidnapped and thrust aboard a British privateer, in order to accompany her to rescue her husband from an English prison. The captain of the ship, Rafe Docherty, has agreed to do this for Belinda, in exchange for information from her husband, that he might exact revenge on the man who has destroyed his family.

Rafe has had but one thing on his mind in nine years, to find and kill the man who has perpetrated such horrific crimes on his wife, and parents. Although, not British nor American, he and his twelve year old child have sailed the wild seas in search of the elusive James Brock, the man responsible. 


Although fiercely attracted to the lovely Phoebe, Rafe will let nothing stand in the way of his quest for vengeance, but will he lose his own soul in the process? What horrendous secrets is he hiding, and can Phoebe break through the tremendous wall of bitterness he has built around himself? And what of Phoebe? What gut-wrenching secrets is she concealing, causing a canker of bitterness to grow deep within her as well, although she is a Christian? Can the two find peace with God and love again, or will their bitterness destroy them?

Laurie Alice Eakes is a brilliant author...face it, anyone that can make a story exciting with a ship as the setting throughout...has to be! Her characters are very realistic and endearing, her research and knowledge of ships is astounding, her storyline exceptional. With a strong spiritual thread of forgiveness and redemption throughout, and a satisfying conclusion, this is a must read! My reason for giving this book a 4.5 rating instead of a five is very small...I don't care for shipboard settings, but it didn't ruin the book for me. Nicely done, Ms. Eakes!

I was sent an ARC of this novel from Revell Publishing Co. and was not required to write a positive review.



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40 comments:

  1. I apologize to those of you who couldn't log in to OTT earlier. Everything seems to be back to normal now.

    Laurie Alice is such a brilliant author, and I hope everyone who doesn't win will go order a copy of Heart's Safe Passage asap! Such a wonderful reading experience!

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  2. Great interview Diana! I have been wanting to read this one since I first saw it! Can't wait! Laurie Alice is a wonderful writer! You know by now if the words "high seas" are involved you have me "hook-line and sinker"!!! LOL!

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  3. I would really like to win a copy of this new book. Either a print book or a kindle book.

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  4. Thank you, Teresa! Loved the pun...that was great! lol Her covers are so eye catching, I'm sure potential readers have a hard time passing her books up on the bookstore shelves.

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  5. Hi, LENA! We are honored to have another fantabulous, award winning author, come over and visit with us on OTT. This is an exceptional book, and I'm sure you will thoroughly enjoy it.

    Congrats on your soon to be released, Mary's Blessing!

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  6. Great review Diana! I think the cover designers must love Laurie Alice, because her book covers are always gorgeous!

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  7. What a great review. I would love to win a book by Laurie Alice Eakes.
    slc925@yahoo.com

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  8. Thanks, Marian, and I quite agree! They are stunning!

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  9. Thank you for your kind words, Sandi, and I hope you get a copy in your hands! Maybe from us! :)

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  10. My sis-in-law can't enter a comment here, but I am entering for her.

    Please enter me for the giveaway!
    ~Barbara Smith

    thatoldgal@yahoo.com

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  11. oops--that's (thatoldgal@gmail.com)

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  12. Thank you all for stopping by. Diana and Theresa and Marian... You put me to the blush. I am really fortunate in the art department's work. I give them a vague idea and they run with it. I said, "I'd like the heroine standing on the deck of a ship with her hair loose in the wind..." And they came up with this. I was so wonderfully excited to get it.

    Teresa, I love highseas books, too. It's why Marylu Tyndall and I are such good friends, or how we got together that is.

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  13. Great review!

    Librarybooks at religious dot com

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  14. Thanks for coming by, reluvbe! You are entered!

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  15. DIANA, great review! TERESA - I wonder if in the Netherlands MARIAN is familiar with the expression "looks like the whole gang is here" lol!

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  16. LAURIE ALICE can continue to write under the most difficult situations, which is amazing!

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  17. Thanks, Carrie! I'm amazed at the American expressions Marian knows and uses! Sometimes she googles, but not very often, I don't think. After Carrie's Dutch translation the other week, I'm not sure we trust google very well anymore, do we Marian? ;)

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  18. Yep, sure looks like the whole gang is here. LOL
    I understand most Americans expressions. Sometimes I use an online dictionary for translation from Dutch to English. It's easy to understand/read English, but to make up the words that I want to use is something else. When I checked the dictionary I always think: Of course! I know that word. :))
    Didn't use the dictionary in this comment. ;)

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  19. Diana - Great review! Please enter my name in the contest. Love following OTT-WGH, but my TBR list keeps growing and growing!
    Sharon
    smoore at tcq dot net

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  20. I read Lady in the Mist and would love to win this book it sounds just as good. thanks for chance to win.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  21. Thank you for the give-away. I enjoyed Lady in the Mist.
    ldwrncpn@comcast.net

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  22. Sharon, we absolutely love having you here, too. I'm glad your TBR stack is growing b/c of us here at OTT...we must be doing something right! LOL!

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  23. apple blossom, I know you will love this one as much, if not more than Lady in the Mist! L. A. Eakes just keeps getting better and better with each book!

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  24. Lori, thank you for coming by! Gotcha entered!

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  25. Carrie looks like Marian "has our number"! Marian I'm glad we don't confuse you too much! I think you do a wonderful job writing your reviews in English! :)

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  26. I agree, Teresa! Marian does such a wonderful job, I think alot of people that don't know her aren't even aware that she isn't an American. We are very proud of her here at OTT!

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  27. Thanks Teresa and Diana. You make me blush. :))

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  28. Thank you all for stopping by. So glad you liked Lady in the Mist. It will always be special to me.

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  29. I am one of the guys and, like many guys who won't admit it, I like romance too - doesn't any guy whose ever fallen in love? Good review, Diana ;o)

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  30. LAURIE ALICE, it looks like those Lady in the Mist fans really want to read Heart's Safe Passage, too!

    MURRAY, good for you!!! DIANA is an awesome reviewer,and we are so happy to have her as our Senior reviewer!

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  31. MURRAY, what a nice comment AND compliment! Thank you as well, Carrie! Murray is my new author friend, and I'm soon to find out what a romantic he is, b/c Im currently awaiting his new book in the mail, A Bride's Flight! I will let everyone know...;)

    I think a male would particularly like this one, Murray, as L A Eakes goes into such detail (she is so smart) about ships, the war, etc, not just romance.

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  32. Laurie Alice, I still think so fondly of Lady in the Mist. It was my first review ever on OTT! Why Carrie ever asked me if she could post it on here has to be God, b/c the review was rather puny. LOL! I had never written but a couple! And that's when Carrie asked me to join her here as a contributor...so I love Lady in the Mist for more than one reason. Thank you for your wonderful writng, Laurie, and I can't wait for the next installment in The Midwife Series!

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  33. WOW! What a storyline. This is a writing that I don't want to pass me by. Diana's review is so full of color and bright excitement. I can tell this is a big undertaking, Laurie....and sensational. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to receive this exquisite book as a gift.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  34. I enjoyed the review and would love to win and read this book!! Thank you for the chance!!!frederickmolly@yahoo.com

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  35. Barb, your comments are so wonderfully descriptive! Thank you!!...and good luck in the giveaway!

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  36. Hi, MOLLY, and welcome to OTT! I'm glad you enjoyed the review and I hope you get a copy of this book in your hands ASAP! Maybe you'll win it here!

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  37. Well, I had already decided to order LENA a copy, because she is such a blessing to me, and I did so last night so even though she was the WINNER I am going to draw another one, too.

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  38. Thank you, Molly and Barb. I hope you both get a copy of this book and enjoy it.

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  39. Thank you, Molly and Barb. I hope you both get a copy of this book and enjoy it.

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  40. Congrats to Lena, Darby, and Liz. Happy Reading!

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