Colorado, 1880. Gracy Brookens has delivered hundreds, maybe thousands of babies in her lifetime. The only midwife in a small mining town tucked in the Tenmile Range, Gracy is a gifted and important resource for the women of her hardscrabble community. For years she has advised expectant mothers through their pregnancies, guided them through the tortures of labor, and then helped them heal.
To Gracy, every baby who survived its birth in the Colorado mountains was a miracle, though of course not all of them did, nor did the mothers. Those losses were an ache in her soul, so it was the ones who lived that she always kept in her mind as she set out to coach yet another woman in her delivery. Hers was a position earned through wisdom and trust, and most women in Swandyke wouldn't even think of lying in without Gracy by their sides. But everything changes when a baby is found dead - and the evidence points to Gracy as the killer.
The midwife knows she didn't commit the crime. Swandyke's most influential citizen may be claiming that Gracy strangled his baby boy shortly after birth with a piece of the linen thread she used to tie off the umbilical cord - but of course she'd never do something so ghastly. Ever. But her innocence isn't quite that simple, either.
Gracy knows things, and that's dangerous. Invited into her neighbors' homes during their most intimate times, she couldn't help what she saw or what she heard. A woman sometimes said things in the birthing bed, when life and death seemed suspended within the same moment. Gracy had always tucked those revelations away, even the confessions that had cast shadows on her heart. When a woman paid for Eve's sin through the pain of childbirth, any confession made during the suffering was meant for God's ears, not hers.
With her friends taking sides and a trial looming, Gracy must decide whether it's worth risking everything to prove her innocence. And she knows that her years of discretion may simply demand too high a price now.
©2015 Sandra Dallas (P)2015 Recorded Books
Another excellent book by Sandra Dallas. Her characters are always well drawn and plot has just enough of a twist to provide a few surprises.
If you've enjoyed Ms. Dallas' other books, this one will not disappoint. If you've never read her books, this one will be the first of many because you'll want more!
You would think by the title this would be a book that women would enjoy and yes, it is. But this is also a book that my husband enjoyed too, and he's a mans man! I loved the time period in history that the story took place the late 1800's. I had no idea how much detail the author would use when talking about delivering babies. Another surprise, it was a story that a family with young teenage kids could listen too (although I don't think they would be interested) and yet I didn't feel cheated by the descriptions and tales of childbirth. The story had a few twists and turns that the listener didn't anticipate. I truly enjoyed this audio book and will look for another by this author. The reader was excellent!! I wear two hearing aids and oft miss the beginnings and endings of words but not in the case of this reader! Even though the changes of voice were subtle between characters it proved to be enough and just right.
the plot began. Although beautifully described, author Dallas took a long, long time to get past descriptions of the Colorado skies and wild flowers to begin the story. There were also many flashbacks for character development and even subplots for suspense, but again with a lot of trees and flowers. Eventually the plot unfolded, revealing a clear picture of the harsh lives and difficult choices of the miners and women of the Rocky Mountains. This would be a good read for many long afternoons fueled by strong coffee.
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