When the Snow Flies
by Laurie Alice Eakes

Avalon Books, 2010. ISBN 978-0-803-47776-6.
Reviewed by Lee Ambrose
Posted on 10/07/2010

Fiction: Historical; Fiction: Romance

Laurie Alice Eakes' strong-willed, feisty heroine is a woman who was born too soon. Meet Audrey Sinclair Vanderleyden, a young widow pregnant with her deceased husband's child, and a physician at a time when female physicians were practically non-existent. Glass ceilings were not yet conceptualized and female physicians were the epitome of impropriety. But Audrey made a promise to her dying husband that she would, indeed continue to practice medicine. As she soon discovers, being able to fulfill that promise becomes one of the biggest struggles of her life.

Her mother and mother-in-law want her to return to the comfort of home and family. The small, close-minded town she lives in wants her to leave on the next train out of town. But she is determined to stay, to make a home for herself and her unborn child, to gain the trust of the town's people, and to honor her promise to her husband.

Obstacles confront Audrey from the moment she steps off the train. She takes them on with strength, determination, and an amazing spirit. Relationships are not easily formed when one is an outsider and a female physician at that. In a bold move that is just as unconventional as her becoming a physician, Audrey marries Nathan Maxwell, a physician who was blinded by a gunshot wound and can no longer practice. He finds himself conflicted by his loyalty to the town's aging physician, and his desire to help Audrey fulfill her determination to be a physician.

Relationships are strained, boundaries are crossed, lives are changed, and lessons are learned in When the Snow Flies.

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Laurie Alice Eakes is an award-winning author. When the Snow Flies is her second novel. Her first novel, Family Gathering, won the National Readers Choice Award for Best Regency in 2006 and was a finalist for Best First Book. Visit her website.

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