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The Secrets of Midwives

Narrated by: Alison Larkin
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (177 ratings)

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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

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  • Klara
  • Washington, dc, United States
  • 02-19-15

very believable characters

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!

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Great story.

Could not "turn it off". Each character was perfect in being presented; thanks to the narrator.

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room for improvement

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.

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Enter the world of Midwives

Wonderful story with quite calming narrative with great moments of excitement. Loved every single moment

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i liked it!

such a different read for me....not sure i would have chosen it, but it was for book club. i liked it very much.

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Your Average good story to kill time with.

It was a good story, just nothing really remarkable about it. I did find it annoying that the reader read all three parts in the same voice, if you missed hearing the name at the beginning, you had no clue who you were listening to. Btw, while Grace may have had some accent due to her mother's speech, Neva would have no such thing at all being 2nd generation. All in all, it was a disappointment.

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Wonderful story, especially for birth lovers.

This book captivated me from the beginning, and I finished it too quickly because I listened to it non-stop. It is a fantastic story for everyone, birthworker or not. As a doula and midwife in training it added a whole other level.

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Didn't enjoy this book as much as her others.....

The concept of the story is good but I didn't get the same (immediate) sense of knowing the characters and caring about them. The plot lines just never gelled for me.

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Story entertaining enough but...

Omg is the narration awful. The woman is a grandmother voice narrating the life of modern sexually active professional 30-somethings. Think of Mrs. Potts Angela Lansbury narrating sex and the city. She doesn’t try to act out any different voices of the characters either- all ages, men and women are all grandmother voices. I think I would have gotten a lot more out of this book if it weren’t read like a fairy tale with all the unnatural expressive inflections like you’re reading to a child.

Story is ok. I listened the whole way through but the narration never got better and I never really got used to it. I’ll probably look for another book from this author but not if this narrator reads it. Not any book from this narrator unless it’s a book of fairy tales.

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  • alyce
  • 04-20-15

not too bad

this was a great romance novel with a predictable ending. the story line was well thought out but there were gaps in the character development and descriptions. Very light summer holiday time filler at best.