Hope River

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 272 ratings

The Midwife of Hope River Publisher's Summary

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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  • Book 1

    • The Midwife of Hope River

    • A Novel of an American Midwife
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Anne Wittman
    • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Derek on 08-25-16

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • The Reluctant Midwife

    • A Hope River Novel
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Heather Henderson
    • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Slow Storytelling Underwhelms

    • By Sara on 04-05-15

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 3

    • The Runaway Midwife

    • A Novel
    • By: Patricia Harman
    • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
    • Length: 11 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 31
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 31

    Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients, calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the births of their children and ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world. But when Clara's life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn't been tending to her own needs and does something drastic. She runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she's left behind in West Virginia.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • The Runway Midwife is more of a mystery .

    • By Wilma Peace on 02-06-18

    Regular price: $28.51