The Reluctant Midwife

The Reluctant Midwife

A Hope River Novel

Paperback - 2015
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The USA Today bestselling author of The Midwife of Hope River returns with a heartfelt sequel, a novel teeming with life and full of humor and warmth, one that celebrates the human spirit.

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.

Though she is happy to be back in Hope River, time and experience have tempered Becky's cheerfulness-as tragedy has destroyed the vibrant spirit of her former employer Dr Isaac Blum, who has accompanied her. Patience too has changed. Married and expecting a baby herself, she is relying on Becky to keep the mothers of Hope River safe.

But becoming a midwife and ushering precious new life into the world is not Becky's only challenge. Her skills and courage will be tested when a calamitous forest fire blazes through a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. And she must find a way to bring Isaac back to life and rediscover the hope they both need to go on.

Full of humor and compassion, The Reluctant Midwife is a moving tribute to the power of optimism and love to overcome the most trying circumstances and times, and is sure to please fans of the poignant Call the Midwife series.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780062358240
Branch Call Number: FIC HAR
FIC HAR
Characteristics: 409, 8 p. : ill. ; 21 cm

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Portladia
Apr 17, 2017

Well, the "Reluctant Midwife" never does come to enjoy midwifing, if that's what you were thinking by the title.

The main character is a nurse in the midst of the Great Depression in a especially depressed area of West Virginia in coal-mining country. She's dragging around her former employer / physician, who has become mentally ill and penniless, trying to find a way for both of them to survive. The story goes on and on, in a sort of 12-year old mentality literary style (why are some many books these days written in a dumbed-down manner?) and eventually the doctor somewhat snaps out of his state. The credibility of the nurse remains questionable -- the author is constantly making her seem squeamish and shocked at the body fluids associated with delivering a baby, as well as making her dwell on the size of a young man's male organ that she meets in her professional capacity -- that you wonder about the author's intent.

Bottom line: funky / weird in a thumbs-down way.

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LASbookluvr
May 07, 2016

I really got into the story and loved it! I read the first one in the series a few years ago (The Midwife of Hope River), so it was helpful to have background info. on the characters.

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readmorebooks
May 14, 2015

a good read, I got a little tired of Becky not really wanting to help the new mothers though. Was she not a nurse? I will read the first book by Patricia Harman as soon as I can because all-in-all a very interesting book. Try it!!

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