For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver's family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she would like to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.
Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth to a baby at Ashley's home and is abducted just as she tries to take the dangerously bleeding woman to the nearest hospital. 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 for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone all from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated - 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 of her own family she has long put aside in favor 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?
Rebekah: What's your favorite thing about contemporary and historical romance?
Laurie Alice: I get to explore a range and depth of human emotion other genres tend to only cover in a cursory fashion.
Rebekah: Describe The Mountain Midwife in 3 separate words.
Laurie Alice: Emotional, Romantic, Suspenseful
Rebekah: How long did it take you to write this book from first draft to final edit? How do you balance writing with other responsibilities (job, family, etc.)?
Laurie Alice: I am blessed in that writing is my job, so that part is easy. I take about three months to write a book and another month for research. Balance can be difficult when I am on a roll and want to keep working, but need to make supper or clean the cat box or, worst of all, go grocery shopping.
Rebekah: When did you realize you first wanted to be a writer?
Laurie Alice: I was probably about ten when I knew this was what I wanted to do for a living, about the time I realized that people did write for a living.
Rebekah: Do you stick to your TBR pile or are you an impulsive book buyer? What are you currently reading?
Laurie Alice: I am currently reading Malice at the Palace, which is a historical mystery set in 1930s England. I pretty much stick to my TBR pile, but sometimes a new book comes along that I want to read so much I am sidetracked.
Rebekah: At some point an author has to torture their characters. Tell us the truth. Do you enjoy or hate it?
Laurie Alice: Oh, I love it. But then, I know that they will get out of it and how.
Rebekah: Who’s your number one fictional character crush OR favorite fictional couple?
Laurie Alice: Dare I admit this? Shanna and Rouarke from Shanna by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I read that book more years ago than I want to admit and reread it every five years and am still in love with this pair. Of course, Clair and Jamie from the Outlander series hold a close second.
Rebekah: What’s one thing readers would be surprised to know about you?
Laurie Alice: This is always a difficult question to anser because I have answered it enough not many surprises left I want anyone to know, and I will confess here that I think the type of music I like would surprise most people.
"Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic Times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with two dozen books in print.
She lives in Texas with her husband and sundry pets. She loves watching old movies with her husband in the winter, and going for long walks along Galveston beaches in the summer. When she isn’t writing, she considers that housework is a time to work out plot points, and visiting museums is a recreational activity.
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