Three generations of women. Secrets in the present and from the past. A captivating tale of life, loss, and love...
Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy - including the identity of the baby's father - hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother Grace finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship.
For Floss, Neva's grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva's situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter's - one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva's pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it.
Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?
©2015 Sally Hepworth (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
great book and glimpse into the daily lives and struggles of midwives! This is especially true if you understand the importance and relevance midwives play in childbirth! it's important to note that this book takes place today, not in the past! midwives are still very active in the childbirth community! i prefer them to obgyns any day!
The book is probably better read than listened too. the narrator made all the characters in their 30s sound like young teenagers and it was difficult to keep track of which characters she was reading. Overall the book has enough twists to keep it interesting.
Really disliked depiction of midwifery politics; too simplified
Wish all intergenerational conflicts were sorted out including impact on one's personality after a conversation or two- corny conversions
I just couldn't really get into. It took me forever to finish it. I found the story flat out boring. After reading all of the "Call the Midwife" books, my standards for any books involving midwifery are very high. This one didn't come close to meeting the mark, unfortunately. One word to describe this book? BORING. Pure and simply.
Very interesting story and an accurate portrayal of midwives. Some of the characters could have been more developed, and some characters felt like I'd known them for years.
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