From Goodreads: “As a midwife working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience Murphy’s only solace is her gift: the chance to escort mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Just beginning, she takes on the jobs no one else wants: those most in need-and least likely to pay. Patience is willing to do what it takes to fulfill her mentor’s wishes, but starting a midwife practice means gaining trust, and Patience’s secrets are too fragile to let anyone in.”
I enjoyed Patricia Harman’s take on midwifery in the 1930’s – both from a historical perspective and also her ability to inject her own personal experiences as a midwife. Harman tackles many social justice issues in this novel, which make it interesting, but also made it clear that the author could not abandon her 21st century self when writing the book. I couldn’t help but feel that Patience Murphy was a bit anachronistic at times. But I must say, I still loved the book. Harman wrote a fascinating story coupled with an authenticity in midwifery experience, so I’ll forgive her for the “historical” faux pas.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2012
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