Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust - but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.
Honest, moving, and beautifully detailed, Patricia Harman's The Midwife of Hope River rings with authenticity as Patience faces nearly insurmountable difficulties. From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Ku Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light and life into an otherwise hard world.
©2012 Patricia Harman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
I enjoyed this book immensely. Years ago, I read Patsy harman's memoir "The Blue Cotton Gown" and was thrilled to read her novels. Midwifery, the Great Depression, and Apalachea have all fascinated me, so putting them together was like a dream book.
The plot moves along slowly, as the seasons change, so I realize not all will like this style. But the author's descriptions of the land, the weather, the people were somehow comforting, even in moments of great sadness and despair.
The narrator was amazing. I felt like I had a warm voice telling me the story. At points you could even hear her smile. The only drawback to her performance is the fact that she didn't sing at all, even the well-known Christmas carols or other tunes. When the characters sang, she orated poetically, but something was lost in the performance because of this.
Overall, this book was well worth my time and credit.
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