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Choices of the Heart [Read] ➵ Choices of the Heart Author Laurie Alice Eakes – Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling But when a scandal threatens all she holds dear Esther takes a position as a teacher i Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling But when a scandal threatens all she holds dear Esther takes a position as a teacher in the western mountains of Virginia instead There she finds herself in the Choices of Epub / midst of a deadly family feud and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict When it seems as though her past has followed her all the way into the mountains all she wants is to run away againIn this gripping story of trust deception and bittersweet loss a young woman learns the true meaning of Choices of the Heart.

10 thoughts on “Choices of the Heart

  1. Meagan Myhren-bennett Meagan Myhren-bennett says:

    Choices of the HeartThe Midwives Book 3By Laurie Alice EakesEsther Cherrett is running Running from her home in Seabourne Running from the accusations And running from the pain Running to protect her family from the shame Esther Cherrett is heading into the mountainous regions of the Appalachians to become a teacher leaving behind her calling to be a midwife and a healer But Esther is about to walk into a new unknown danger a family feud that could be restarted at any moment Will Esther be the trigger that destroys the mountain or can she bring peace to the mountain and end the feuding? But someone knows about the guilt and shame of her past and they have let her know it But who could have followed her into the wilds of her new home? Could Hannah or Zach have discovered something when they escorted her to her new home? And what about Griff and Bethann Tolliver?As Zach and Griff feel themselves drawn to Esther she tries to discourage them in thoughts of courting her But Zach is determined to win her just so Griff won't Griff is determined to keep peace on the mountain even to the point of denying his heart and letting his cousin court EstherBut someone is threatening the peace and Griff and Zach have both been targeted Will either young man be lost in the hate that is lurking in the shadows?When Esther's skills are needed will she allow God to heal her heart and re embrace the calling she has trained for? Will the Choices of the Heart bring healing or pain? Choices of the Heart is an intriguing look at the art of mid wiving and at the deep seeded issues that resulted in generations of feuding in remote areas The historical and spiritual aspects of this book are well blended making for a meaningful and thought provoking reading experience This is story of reconciliation and redemptionI received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this reviewAvailable January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group

  2. Lynda Lynda says:

    A very interesting and different story The lead lady is stubborn Once she gets an idea into her headAt the beginning I wasn't sure how much I was going to like the plot or maybe I should say plots OR the author's writing style The scenes were beautifully presented and theorem read I was hooked

  3. Vera Godley Vera Godley says:

    My thoughts I previously read Laurie Alice Eakes' book A Flight of Fancy and reviewed it here on Chat With Vera Click to read review However reading Choices of the Heart is a totally different reading experience in my opinion This third book in Eakes' midwife series is set in the isolated mountains of Virginia in 1842 Esther Cherrett leaves her home of affluence in coastal Virginia under cover of night to obtain a position in the mountains as teacher for the uneducated and very isolated families As they travel by horseback to reach their destination she learns that she is entering a virtual hornets nest of feuding amongst families similar to that in Scotland Dangerous indeedEsther is a midwife but wishes to keep these skills a secret and not practice this profession she learned from her mother However upon seeing injuries and illness from knives guns and life in general she can not withhold her tender care of folksThe rugged terrain of Appalachia the desire of men for her company the feuding over longheld anomosities and ignorance are wonderfully described by Laurie Alice Eakes as she unfolds this tender story of romance and choice The characters are well developed and come alive on the pages of the story and the story plot is realistic and well charteredThe period detail provided by Eakes is indicative of her research and brings to mind visions of the mountain folk and their times and troubles You feel the poverty of the people and the emotional strife as well as the longings they experienceWithout giving a spoiler clue I'll just say the conclusion might be a bit surprising to some of you that normally get a book figured out before you reach mid readI regret that I have not yet read the first two books in the midwifes series and will look forward to catching up later Though the books most likely build on the previous story Choices of the Heart is a well written stand alone book and there is no problem reading it without previously reading the first twoAbout the author Laurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist Heart's Safe Passage A Necessary Deception A Flight of Fancy 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 catsDISCLOSURE I was provided a complimentary copy of choices of the Heart by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group on behalf of the author for the purpose of rendering my honest review No positive remarks are reuired Opinions expressed are solely my own

  4. Melanie Melanie says:

    Review on my blog of the Heart is the third book in Laurie Alice Eakes' The Midwives series and a good read I was a little confused about who everyone was and what was going on in the beginning of this book and I think part of that was due to the fact that I only read book two of this series Heart's Safe Passage prior to Choice of the Heart While I did still enjoy the book a lot I wish I had read A Lady in the Mist mainly because it is Esther's parents' storyThe characters were good and I have to say for a while I didn't have any idea who if anyone Esther would end up with There'd be a scene with Zach and I'd be Oh she'll definitely end up with him but then Griff would come into the picture and I'd think It'll be him It went back and forth for awhile ;The feuding that went on between the families added some tension to Choices of the Heart and even a little mystery when certain things happenedI really liked the message of forgiveness in Choices of the Heart There were a few sad moments in the book but also some joyous ones All in all a good book that I recommend if you enjoy historical romances I think you probably will want to read books one and two first though because otherwise things might be a little confusing I look forward to reading of Laurie Alice Eakes' books in the future I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review I was not reuired to give a positive review only my honest opinion which I've done All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own “Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group”

  5. Christine Lindsay Christine Lindsay says:

    The intrigue of who would win the heart of this honest to goodness heroine Esther had me gripped from page one I thoroughly enjoyed this third of the Midwife series What I especially liked were the realistic blurs between what appears the bad guy or woman in the story and that by going beneath the veneer of a person you find a troubled heartI think this is my favorite of the Midwife series because of that fact In real life the lines between hero and villian are not so clearly defined Wounded hearts make it hard to make the best choices in life Very apt title for that reasonI recommend Choices of the Heart as an intelligent gripping human historcal drama written with deft artistry

  6. Victoria Victoria says:

    Esther Esther She definitely is seeping in her own guilt when she really shouldn't be but throughout the book she will feel she isn't good enough for a lot and beats herself up and feels like she deserves guilt and doesn't deserve good things because of a situation she went through in the past Esther went up into the Appalachian Mountains to become a teacher even though she is a trained midwife There is a big family feud happening all around her once she arrives between the Tollivers and the Brookses and the Neffs and whoever else I have Brooks and Neffs in my own family line so that was really weird to read about but my family line never moved south of NJ Okay back to the bulk of this book The two cousins Griff Tolliver and Zach Brooks have made a pact of peace with their families but something is still happening around them that is filled with hatred and vengeance Esther has no idea what has happened but she hopes that it will stop happening Both of the cousins seem to have taken a liking to her as well but she doesn't want to be in a relationship though the actual reason why I won't give away Throughout this we also learn a little bit about Hannah Zach's sister and Bethann Griff's sister The whole story has some intense situations that might be a bit much for teens to read even though this is a Christian Fiction story I think it was really good though I think I may have liked it than the other two books in this series Therefore I give it a 35 star rating Speaking of the series this book does have the main characters from both book 1 and 2 show up The story is about forgiveness and the love of God It might make you tear up a slight as it did to me

  7. Kathleen E. Kathleen E. says:

    Thursday January 17 2013Choices of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes ©2013Set in 1840’s Appalachia meet Esther Cherrett who runs away from her training as a midwife to avoid scandal Instead she is caught up in the middle of a bitter family feud This is book 3 in The Midwives series but can be enjoyed as a stand aloneChoices of the HeartThe Midwives Book 3She thought she had left her old life behind Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling But when a terrible scandal threatens all she holds dear Esther flees taking a position as a teacher in the wild western mountains of Virginia But instead of the refuge she was seeking Esther finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud—and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict All she wants is to run away againBut could it be that her past holds the key to reconciliation—and love?In this gripping story of trust deception and bittersweet loss you’ll discover the true meaning of choices of the heartMy Review There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesuswho walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit For the law of the Spirit oflife in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death Romans 81 2Seabourne VirginiaApril 1842At least Esther Phoebe Cherrett will be in Seabourne her home for a few hours She has accepted a position as teacher at Brooks Ridge many days away from her home in the East She travels on horseback with cousins from two opposing families Siblings Griff and Bethann Tolliver and Zach Brooks and his sister Hannah Gosnoll have come to guide her higher to their Appalachian Mountains Opposing if you will because of past wrongs that never seem to come to a close Cousins Zach Brooks and Griff Tolliver have vowed before the itinerant preacher that they as the oldest will strive to stop the warring and bring no ensure peace between the families But will it stop? The suspicion the watchfulness? Our father's people were here first Zach explained He already had said so along the way His mother and Griff's mother were sisters whose families had resided in the mountains since the Revolution The Tollivers were relative newcomers having only been in Virginia's mountains for the past forty years or so They've been in America forever though Hannah had admitted reluctantly Maybe lived around your people once Choices of the Heart 68 69And Esther how is she going to fit in? Her speech however coveted is different She is to educate the children because of a strain of ore now being mined from the earth Taught to read and write so they are not swindled in the future What would it be like to come into a new area where because of your skills at automatic doctoring seeing a need and applying what you know misplaces another's worth and recognition as their life trade? Your ways different modern unknown to those you have come to serve? Esther has a lot of learnin' of her own to come by Not trying to make things right that hamper instead?But Esther Cherrett has arrived and is offered a two room wooden structure with glass windows and uilts hanging on the wall Esther's room and schoolhouse prepared just for her; does she think everyone lives this way? Set apart in reverence keeping her from melding in The set apart is to protect her Wise woman Mrs Lizbeth Tolliver is Besides teaching it is expected that Esther will become the refined bride of one of the cousins to bring some culture into their lineage The cousins have already informed her along the wayEsther has already put a snag in the deciding She has set God apart uestioned His authority and leading This has put her at odds with one of the cousins unknowingly He is hoping she will keep it to herself and not indoctrinate the children in her way of thinking but teach from the Word of God directLaurie Alice Eakes' writings are so fluid You are walking each footstep with them As Esther tries to run to begin anew she finds her tendencies lean to serving in what she knows She is open and giving by nature; wrapped up by fear and unsteadiness from what she has left behind Choices of the heart ueasiness gripped Zach's stomach He feared his sister was right Females who looked and talked like Esther Cherrett and came from the kind of family she did didn't go to the mountains for work or husbands Yet Miss Esther Cherrett with her English father and American mother living in a uiet fishing village on the eastern shore had answered an advertisement for a schoolma'am there in the Virginia mountains Not for the first time he uestioned her honesty She might be telling them the truth about most things She was certainly good enough for the work they wanted from her to teach the youngsters good English and reading and writing so they could be than men and women trying to eke a living out of the unforgiving rock of these hills But Esther was too pretty too comfortably off too confident in herself to truly belong amidst the mountain folk She was like those people who had come to ask uestions and watch them write in little books then go away and print things they thought were true like they were writing about some new breed of animal And she was a bit old to not be wed especially as pretty as she was Ibid 77Laurie Alice EakesLaurie Alice Eakes is the author of Lady in the Mist Heart's Safe Passage A Necessary Deception A Flight of Fancy 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 catsChoices of the HeartBy Laurie Alice Eakes978 0 8007 1986 91499Paperback400 pagesPub Date January 2013Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life They publish resources from a variety of well known brands and authors including their partnership with MOPS Mothers of Preschoolers and Hungry PlanetChoices of the Heart Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group Thank you to Revell Blog Tour Network Historical Fiction for inviting me to be a part of this tour and sending me a copy of Laurie Alice Eakes' Choices of the Heart to review in my own words

  8. Christine Roberts Christine Roberts says:

    Esther Cherrett has had a pampered upbringing that resulted in a spoiled self absorbed young womanuntil one night changed her life completely Afterwards Esther's life is filled with regret shame and self loathingso much so that she decides that she can no longer stay with her parents or even in their hometown Esther decides to leave in the middle of the night and take a chance on a new life in which no one knows her or her terrible secrets When she arrives at the very rustic mountain community she is to teach for she begins to wonder just what she signed up for Two families are virtually at war with one another and all sides suffer Can Esther help to bring peace to this community or will her sins of the past interfere with her futurewill love conuer all or fuel the fires of familial war that needs to be extinguished before all are consumed in its' infernoThis was a good end to The Midwives series my Ms Eakes I enjoyed seeing characters from the previous two novels and learning what had happened to them as well as becoming acuainted with new ones

  9. Cass Cass says:

    Great Historical RomanceFrom the very first page Choices of the Heart grabs the reader with another well written story from the imagination of Laurie Alice Eakes Set for the most part in the mountains of Appalachia during the settling of the frontier the author weaves together the strands of love betrayal and loss to recount a clean decidedly Christian tale that won't let go Once again Laurie Alice Eakes has written a book that kept this reviewer up well past her bedtime Loved it Buy it You most likely won't be sorry

  10. Heidi Morrell Heidi Morrell says:

    This reminded me so much of Catherine Marshall's Christy Having read the previous books in the series though this was definitely a uniue work by Mrs Eakes Although the feud and past issues that the characters had to deal with make my recommendation for this book to be for adults I loved how I was pleasantly surprised at how each of the characters learned to forgive and trust the Lord and others to move forward

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