Thursday, 21 January 2016
The Midwife's Choice - Delia Parr
In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade tries to balance her life's calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged seventeen-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. At the same time, she must decide whether she'll risk reopening the heart she'd long closed off to love.
Though a small town, Trinity, Pennsylvania, is fraught with secrets, and as a midwife, Martha moves among its people. She knows which homes are filled with light and love, which families have slipped into grief, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands dare to cross lines...As Martha struggles with the conflicts of being a mother, a midwife, and a woman, she learns the greatest lessons of all--that hope can shine even in the darkest hours, and that faith has a way of making the impossible possible.
This book takes readers to an era when midwifery was common practice. I was intrigued by the title and was not disappointed with the story, as it offers a unique look into an aspect of history that's not often written about. Turns out Martha, the midwife was faced with many choices, although I'm still not sure which one of them the title is referring to. I appreciated how Martha, used her faith and family history to handle the choice of allowing her daughter to follow her dreams. That part of the story was very well written, as Martha was struggling with a number of strong emotions, before reaching her decision. There are a number of story lines going on throughout the book, all skillfully woven together, and highlighted by well-developed characters and plot. Although, I found the story fascinating, with all its twists and turns, the ending left me a bit baffled. It just seemed that the story could have ended more effectively with less drama. Still a very worthwhile read.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc
Posted by Linda Maendel