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Publisher's Summary

The USA Today best-selling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt sequel, a novel teeming with life and full of humor and warmth, one that celebrates the human spirit.

The Great Depression has hit West Virginia hard. Men are out of work; women struggle to feed hungry children. Luckily Nurse Becky Myers has returned to care for them. While she can handle most situations, Becky is still uneasy helping women deliver their babies. For these mothers-to-be, she relies on an experienced midwife, her dear friend, Patience Murphy.

Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky's cheerfulness--as tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer, Dr. Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience too has changed. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe.

But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky's only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. And she must find a way to bring Isaac back to life and rediscover the hope they both need to go on.

Full of humor and compassion, The Reluctant Midwife is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times and is sure to please fans of the poignant Call the Midwifeseries.

©2015 Patricia Harman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Slow Storytelling Underwhelms

I had high hopes for this tale set in hard hit depression-era rural West Virginia. I had read several reviews that favorably compared this book to the Call the Midwife series--I can't agree with that comparison. Instead, to me, the characters lacked charm, depth and the development necessary to make them really engaging. The story circled around and became so repetitive that I gave up due to boredom. What's more, I found the narration sing-song in style and perky even when it was inappropriate based on what was happening in the story line. Such potential wasted. I wish I had given this snoozer a pass. Recommended only if you like a simple, slow and low stress listen about hard times in America.

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Not For Me

I don't know why I came back to listen to Patricia Harman's second book in this series. I was hoping maybe the leftist midwife in the first book of this series was a one off.
I'm fascinated by stories about midwives, so I thought I would try her second book in the series. She's a good writer, but she can't seem to write a novel without making it clear that she's a leftist and against capitalism. Her other books lean very left and the female protagonist is an anti-religious, radical leftist (according to her words in her books).

So, I was not completely surprised when I listened to the second book and found that it wasn't just one book, and a fluke. No... if you are a conservative, you won't feel comfortable listening/reading her books. I certainly didn't. The filthy language used by the women in a time when this country was supposed to be more innocent, shows that I was probably naive and thinking that 100 years ago, women watched their mouths and behaved more like ladies.

The narrator, Heather Henderson was good, and she's the reason I stayed with the book.

If Ms. Harmon weren't pushing an agenda, I'd probably read her other books. She's a good writer.


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This nurse loved this book!

I am dyslexic and can't analyse or review. I either like a book or not and this one I loved.

Thank you Patricia Harman and Heather Henderson.

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Rural life

The setting is between the Depression and WW2 in rural WVa. The characters jump off the pages and become real. You share their struggles, hunger and desperation, too. Lots of information about the CCC. Interesting period in our country's history.

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Almost Didn't Get This Book

It was because of a negative review that I almost passed over this book. So glad I did listen and have ordered the other two. Very gentle and insightful it held my attention until the end.

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surprise

very well written and well read. it was surprisingly interesting and held my attention throughout. narrator was quite good. only thing I didn't like was I felt it ended very abruptly. I do recommend it.

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Fantastic look at history and the struggle to surv

Exceeded my expectations, with a good look at family, friends and difficult times of our history. Give it a try

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Janice's Lovely Experience

I really enjoyed this book, it was great to see a continuaton of this story and these people
I p reordered this book and listened to it the day it came out. I will listen to it again. Looking forward to more.

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