Choices Of The Heart

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Title: Choices Of The Heart
Series: The Midwives
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Revell
Published: January 1, 2013
Pages: 384

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Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained to be one by her mother to take over the family calling. Esther is more than happy to take over the family business, until a disastrous scandal threaten everything she holds dear. To protect her family and herself from the vicious gossip surrounding her, she flees and takes a job as a teacher in the wild mountains of Virginia. The last thing she wants is trouble and a man, but it turns out she’s now in the middle of a family feud and not one but two men are trying to court her. Now, all she wants to do is run away again.

Griff Tolliver and Zach Brooks are on separate sides of a decades long family feud. Years ago they took a pledge to stop the fighting and never betray each other. When Esther comes to town, they’re both interested in Esther but Griff is willing to not pursue her to keep the peace. However, that seems a bit hard when she is staying on his family’s property and seems to be everywhere he wants to be. Despite his promise to court her, he can’t help but want to and he can’t help but know that he does pursue her, he might start the fighting all over again.

As Griff and Esther get closer, Zach pushes harder to win Esther. But, Esther doesn’t want to fall in love and Griff wants to keep the peace to bad to really court her and Zach seems to only want Esther for her looks and because he wants to best Griff at something. Not to mention Esther found another note warning her to keep running. It seems unlikely that her past has followed her all the way to Virginia, but Esther knows how fast gossip can travel and she’s even more determined to keep her past and mistakes a secret, but she can’t help but want to run again.

Will Esther’s past catch up to her or will she be able to life without the vise of her past crushing her? Will Esther be able to trust men again and find love or will her past mistakes prevent her from finding love? Will Zach or Griff win Esther’s heart? Will Griff break his promise to stay away or will he do what he wants and forget about peace? Who will Esther pick? What scandal was big enough to make Esther run away from everything she’s ever known?
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I’m a fan of this author thanks to the first book in this series. So I was really excited to get the chance to read this new installment, and possibly the last book, of this series. This author has given an amazing storyline and subject in this series and the third book in won’t disappoint what you’ve come to expect out of this author. I got a unique romance and a complex storyline that will keep you interested until the very end. I’m highly satisfied with this book.

The romance in this book is cute and complex. I started out this book rooting for one cousin and then ended up rooting for another after about chapter three. The author kept me interested and kept me guessing as far as how this romance was going to play out. Like most love triangles, there usually isn’t any question to whom our heroine is going to pick, but I loved how the author made conflict and promises draw the couple together and make everything more complicated. This romance was one that’s a memorable one and I loved it.

The storyline in this book is a complex one. You have a girl who wants nothing to do with men and two men who want Esther, as well as a family feud, and a scandal that seems to have followed Esther west. How much more complicated do you get? You even have a small dash of suspense and mystery. I liked how the author worked through all of the problems and how she made the story play out. I really liked how this story was a combination of all of my favorite types of stories and that there wasn’t too much going on that you got confused. This story was amazing.

I loved this story, though Esther’s manipulative ways were horrible and it ruined her character a bit, just because it didn’t make sense why she’s doing it after everything she’s been through. Despite that this book was still great. I loved the whole city meets country aspect and how this book delved into a previous character’s child. It allowed us see what happened to our favorites twenty plus years late. I really enjoyed that. This book definitely is a book that I highly recommend.

This author is one of my favorites and became that after the first book in this series. I love this series, but not really her other one. It didn’t really live up to my expectations. However, this series is awesome. It delves into midwives and the rules and practices that they had. I loved that bit of culture and history and I knew that the author did a lot of research because of the extent she went to to show us the traditions of midwifery. I think that’s my favorite part of this series. The midwife culture. This is one of the few books that I highly recommend and will give a high score. I recommend you read this one.

Overall, I loved this book and the whole series. This one is highly recommended particularly if you love historical romance, love triangles, or unique romances. I think this book is perfect for adults and mature teenagers. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

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