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
The narrator did amazing job of bringing the story to life. In listening to this book I just couldn't imagine reading it for the sounds and emotions brought forth were very well done. The story is like reading the diary of a woman who had lived many lives within her lifetime.
As soon as I finished listening to it I had to relisten because I just couldn't leave these women.
West Sunbury, Pa.
This is a book that I truly enjoyed listening to. I loved the story. Many times I was transported back as if I were in the room waiting for the birth.
I recommend this book as a "must listen".
Patricia Harman wrote a great story, and Anne Wittman made the book come alive with the way she read the book.
I am watching for more books by both of these women.
The book give graphic, heart wrenching depictions of births in the 1930s. This is extremely interesting and well done. The rest of the story is rather predictable. It was your run of the mill historical fiction story. The performance by Anne Wittman was well done. My only complaint is that there are many references to songs (very well known songs such as Christmas carols) and she doesn't sing them, she speaks the lyrics in an awkward voice.
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I just loved this book. The people were real with real problems, yet not overwhelming nor depressing. The story was good from the start and continued to keep going. It held my attention throughout. No slow spots or chapters you felt like fast forwarding through. I hope we hear more from this author
The midwife of course. She is a strong courageous women I can admire.
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