Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: The Midwife's Tale by Delia Parr

The Midwife's Tale
The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr is the start to the series At Home in Trinity, and is about Widow Martha Cade who’s profession is a midwife.  I found all the details of midwifery very interesting: for instance that the husbands stayed with their wives and held them on a birthing stool, how midwives usually ran in the family, and all the other details of how a midwife assisted deliveries.   While all of the history was fascinating, I also enjoyed the Widow Cade herself.  She had been widowed for 10 years with two children and lived with her brother and sister-in-law who ran a tavern.  She was also a very brave and strong woman.

In this character driven story we watch how Martha relies on God and even when she receives devastating news, she does not shirk her responsibilities and does not let those who depend on her down.  We have a whole cast of secondary characters that move the story forward and we have hints of a romance that has been sparked again even after so many years have passed.  In this first book of the series, Martha has to now deal with a young new doctor who considers her ways archaic, a new ‘academy’ of orphan boys, and a whole town dealing with a mystery of robberies.  I have always enjoyed author Delia Parr's stories and I look forward to continuing this series.  I received a copy of this book for an honest review from The Book Club Network, Inc. and the opinions are my own.

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