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    The Midwife's Tale

    This is a very interesting novel allowing the reader to see the difficulties of days gone by of child bearing, an enjoyable story.
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    Lovely

    Delicate, full of love for people, animals and nature. Faith in God. A book that brings hope and a sense of trust even when things a bad or sad. A book that reminds us of true values, goodness in people, family, friendship.
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    Absolutely wonderful

    The Midwife’s Tale is the first book in Delia Parr’s At Home in Trinity series, and is the first book I have ever read by her. I have to say, I love, love, loved this book! Delia is one author I am so glad I took a chance on! Since I had never read any of her books, I wasn’t sure if this novel would be good or not (unfortunately I’ve taken a few chances on books this year that have turned out to be not so great), but I heard wonderful things about it, so I thought I would give it a try, and I’m so glad I did! Delia really did an amazing job of weaving together this tale of love and loss, triumph and heartache that captivated me from the first page to the last. At first, I was a little worried that it would be difficult for me to really relate to Martha Cade, since she is a mother of two pretty-much-grown children and I am not near old enough to be the parent of a preteen, much less grown children. However, it didn’t take me very long at all to feel as if Martha and I were old friends, and I really enjoyed getting to journey on with her through her struggle of having her daughter run away, her midwifery practice be in jeopardy because of a new doctor in town, and her returning feelings for her old flame. She turned out to be much easier to relate to than I thought she would, and I am already eagerly anticipating reading the next two books in the series. Although I have to say, Martha’s story was far from being resolved by the end of this novel, so it’s kind of a given that I would be ready to read the next two as well. I really cannot find the words to say how much I truly loved this book. It was so full of all the things that make a novel wonderful, such as a blossoming romance—even though it may have been more like a rekindling of an old flame—a little bit of mystery, and a lot of drama, and I just found it so completely enjoyable. I feel like I cannot accurately describe what I really loved about this book without spoiling it, so I will just leave it at that, but know that I don’t hesitate even the slightest bit to give it all five bookshelves, and I know that I will be reading the rest of the series as soon as it comes out. I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone, but then, I recommend everything that manages to make it on my all-time favorites list (honestly though, it isn’t that difficult for books to get on that list, considering My Absolute Favorites list on Goodreads has over 130 books on it). All that is to say, The Midwife’s Tale is an amazing book, and I highly recommend that you read it. As soon as possible. Because you’re going to love it.
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    Very touching

    Lovely touching story, so true to life, at times I wanted to cry.
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    The Midwife's Tale is a lovely book!

    The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr is a lovely Christina novel. It is the first book in the At Home in Trinity series. Martha Cade is a widow of ten years, has two children, and is the midwife for Trinity. Martha learned to be a midwife from her grandmother who raised her after her parents passed away. Martha is out delivering a baby at a homestead fifty miles from Trinity. She has been gone for two weeks. Just after the baby is born she receives a note from her brother, James Shock that her daughter, Victoria has taken off with a traveling theater troupe. Victoria is only seventeen. Martha is shocked and upset. Martha’s brother had included a flyer from the theater troupe with their schedule on it. Martha takes off after her daughter. Three months later Martha returns home without her daughter. She would arrive at each town a day late. At the last stop Victoria either went to Charleston or sailed for England. Martha was unable to verify Victoria’s destination. Martha is hoping to resume her midwifery practice, until she finds out about the new doctor. The old doctor was happy to let Martha do midwifery, while he mostly treated males and broken bones. The new doctor, Dr. Benjamin McMillan is young and just graduated from a university. He does not believe in midwives. Martha will let the patients decide who they want to deliver their baby and hope that she can slowly change Dr. McMillan thinking. There is a new Hampton Academy outside town. The Reverend Ulysses Hampton and his wife, Olympia have opened a school for orphaned boys. They brought boys from the streets of New York. Martha believes it is a good idea and supports the school. Many people in town are not happy with the school and want it gone. Especially when things start going missing at places in and around town. People are blaming the children at the Hampton Academy. Martha sets out to find the real culprit (she is hoping to prove the boys innocent). All the while Martha is hoping for information about her daughter. She misses her very much and starts a journal for her. Mayor Thomas Dillon is an old beau of Martha’s. They dated before Martha and her husband. Martha, though, did not think that she would be able to be a midwife if she married Thomas. When Thomas proposed originally, Martha turned him down. Now that both of them are single again (both of their spouses are dead), Thomas is seeking out Martha. Martha feels a connection (or spark) with Thomas, but she is not sure she is ready (especially with her daughter missing). Who is stealing items around town? Will Martha’s daughter return home? Will Dr. McMillan accept a midwife in town? What will happen between Martha and Thomas? I enjoyed reading The Midwife’s Tale. It is a sweet story and a charming book to read. It does get a little bit preachy at times. There are a lot of passages from the Bible present in the book. I liked the characters in this book as well as the setting. Delia Parr is a good writer who has a knack for drawing the reader into her book. I give The Midwife’s Tale four out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and finding out more about Martha’s daughter. I received a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Tale from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
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