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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

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Amazing

Amazing book about a woman's journey and race relations during the depression. A must read for women's health providers.

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  • Mollie
  • United States
  • 02-16-17

Promising start, but got predictable at the end

Where does The Midwife of Hope River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top quarter, but it must be taken into account that I've listened to a lot of Audible books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife of Hope River?

I enjoyed the stories of the babies she delivered, but I got tired of every single mother saying, "My baby!" when handed her child.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know that I had a favorite, but the final scene was too contrived. The author could've drawn the ending out a little more, which would have been a lot more satisfactory.

If you could take any character from The Midwife of Hope River out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I guess the main character, Patience Murphy. The book focuses on her more than anyone else.

Any additional comments?

It's a good book, and I started out loving it. I don't regret the time I invested, but the final scene made me angry.

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Held my interest and sweet ending

I found this book to be interesting the whole way through. lots of historical facts of this period in history. I would recommend this book to all my friends.

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  • Daryl
  • Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • 10-07-16

Beautiful and Moving

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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LOVED THIS BOOK

As a doula for 40 years, I was excited to read a book about a midwife by a midwife. The births were very realistic & such a variety, that made everything flow so much better for me. :-)

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Excellent!

One of the best novels about midwifery- wonderful characters, Grady historical and clinically accurate style! I was spellbound the entire time!!!!

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excellent book

I loved this story. as a midwife myself, I appreciated the timeless birth concepts and the midwife's intuition.

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A very enjoyable book to read or listen to!!

I read this book a while back and my mom and my sister read it and each and everyone of us enjoyed it thoroughly! Then when I saw that there was an audible book out about it, I was very anxious to listen it! I was very pleased with narration and look forward to the next book. It is a book that keeps your interest right from the start. Well it's over now and time to start the next book, and I'm sure it will be as good as the last one. Thank you Patricia Harman!!! Keep up the good work