The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes was a very interesting tale with the practice of midwifery right in the center of the story. This unbelievably is the first book I have read by her and I can’t believe what I have been missing out on. We first meet the midwife Ashley Tolliver late at night by a banging on her door of a young mysterious woman who is just about to give birth. Ashley sees that the young girl whom she just helped deliver and her baby need to get to the hospital, so as she goes outside her mountain home to make the call, the young mother, baby, and the man she was with disappear into the night. Hot on their heels there is another vehicle in pursuit. Little does Ashley know that these nighttime visitors will set off a chain of events that will affect her for some time.
Then in steps wealthy, famous, engineer Hunter McDermott with no apparent ties to the Virginia Mountain folk, except for a strange phone call he received from a woman claiming to be his mother. His life apparently turned upside down, is now trying to find answers about his identity and where he came from, he seeks out Ashley as her grandmother was the midwife that delivered him into the world. Ashley’s grandmother is no longer living so Ashley and Hunter begin to work together to find his mystery mother.
That is just the tip of the ice burg, as Ashley and Hunter discover secrets neither were prepared for and both are beginning to question their life choices and decisions. This was quite a novel filled with romance, suspense, unknown danger, and two people trying to find their place in this world. I highly recommend this. I had a hard time putting it down and I am really looking forward to reading more of Ms. Eakes books.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan’s Fiction Guild and the opinions stated are my own.