Barbara's Product Reviews & Giveaways

August 23, 2012 8:04 PM

The Midwife of Hope River

[The winners of this giveaway are Christina, Jan, Clare, Sharon, and Cam. Thanks to all who entered - I wish I had one for each of you! And thanks to William Morrow for sponsoring it. You may purchase The Midwife of Hope River at Amazon]

midwife.jpg The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife is a book that has a lot going for it, especially an author who knows her subject (Patricia Harman was a midwife herself), her geography and her history.

Set in Appalachia during the Depression, this is the story of Patience Murphy, a woman with a past trying to carve out a future for herself as a single woman, but mostly guided by her desire to serve others through her skills as a midwife.

The perspective of this book is secular - though Patience recounts a life full of people who have religion, she has none herself. Still, believers are presented with dignity and respect.

Because of the time period and Patience's political leanings there are many references to women's suffrage, union battles with figures like Emma Goldman thrown in as past associates. Because of her present environment, there are  references to unsafe mining conditions, racial prejudice and the Ku Klux Klan.

With a highly personal main story - Patience is open to the secrets of others, but holds her own very close to her heart - these references enrich and enlarge the plot.

This is not the kind of book I would normally choose, but once I started reading it, I enjoyed it until the end. The writing is intelligent and the birth scenes will resonate with anyone who has given birth or seen another woman give birth. 

I especially hope that all midwifes find their way to it.

William Morrow has reserved five copies for MommyLife readers.  Please leave a comment for a drawing 9/10. 

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Always fascinated by natural birth stories in this day and age where hospital births seems to mean that some kind of medical intervention is inevitable, albeit occasionally necessary. This seems like a similar book entitled "The Birth House" by a local (Nova Scotia) author Amy McKay and I would love to read it, compare and pass it around.

Posted by: Clare Lazzuri | August 23, 2012 8:57 PM

Sounds like an interesting read. I'd like to read it myself, and then pass it on to a sister of mine who I think would enjoy it.

Posted by: Melissa G | August 23, 2012 9:16 PM

This looks like a fun read, and is set in this new place we have moved to, so I am sure I would love it!

Posted by: stacie | August 23, 2012 9:19 PM

I would like to read this book since it covers a subject I am interested in learning more about--as it may be a direction in which God is leading me.

Posted by: Jan | August 23, 2012 9:44 PM

Looks like a good book!

Posted by: Emily | August 24, 2012 7:27 AM

I'm such a sucker for these kinds of books! Sounds like something that will be hard to put down.

Posted by: Thia | August 24, 2012 8:42 AM

4 of my 8 were born at home with a wonderful midwife in attendance. I worked with her at other births for almost 3 years. I'm always drawn to books about midwives! I'd sure like a chance at this one....

Posted by: Sharon | August 24, 2012 9:15 AM

this looks like a book I would enjoy.

Posted by: Cheryl | August 24, 2012 10:37 AM

sounds fun :)

Posted by: Jessi | August 24, 2012 1:15 PM

Looks like a fascinating story! Would love to read it and then pass it along to a friend.

Posted by: Carol | August 24, 2012 5:15 PM

Hurray for midwives! Thanks, Barbara.

Posted by: Linda | August 24, 2012 11:48 PM

This sounds like a wonderful book--right up my alley. I had two home births (and adopted 6 more after that) that were so beautiful, and was assisted by lovely nurse midwives for them. Every woman should be so blessed.

Posted by: Mary Alice Phillips | August 25, 2012 11:36 AM

OOhhh--would love to give this to my daughter--who is thinking about baby #2 (yayyy!) :)

Posted by: Kelly | August 25, 2012 2:04 PM

Please enter me!~

Posted by: Wendy Clark | August 25, 2012 3:34 PM

Thanks for all your give aways!

Posted by: Mary Peek | August 25, 2012 4:36 PM

I LOVE midwife books! This sounds amazing! Thanks for the giveawy!

Posted by: Farm Fresh Jessica | August 25, 2012 5:13 PM

like many others have said, would love to,read this then pass along to a friend of mine..thanks so much!

Posted by: Dirtdartwife | August 25, 2012 8:42 PM

This book sounds so interesting to me on so many levels. The Depression era always makes me think of my mother, and her growing up with her mother and six siblings during that time. If I win this book, it will be donated to our area library when I finish with it.

Posted by: Wanda Mortensen | August 26, 2012 6:29 PM

This looks like a great read. I would love to have a copy which I would pass on to my mom when I am finished. I think I'll also recommend it to my book club!

Posted by: Christina Chapman | August 28, 2012 8:59 AM

I would love to read this book!!!!

Posted by: Katie | August 28, 2012 2:07 PM

Love reading about this time period. Our last daughter had her baby at home and will share with her.

Posted by: Sue | September 1, 2012 9:38 AM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Posted by: Mel | September 1, 2012 10:01 AM

I'd enjoy this read, having given birth naturally with a midwife in attendance. And when I'm done with it, I could pass it on to my beloved midwife as a gift (if she hasn't already read it).

Posted by: | September 1, 2012 10:29 AM

Sounds like a fascinating book. I may have to check to see if my library has it if I don't win.

Posted by: silver | September 1, 2012 6:19 PM

Me! I love to read.

Posted by: Sue | September 2, 2012 7:17 PM

This looks like an interesting read. I'd love a copy

Posted by: Diane | September 3, 2012 2:57 PM

I would be interested in reading this!

Posted by: Hannah Elise | September 3, 2012 10:53 PM

Your preview sounds intriguing. Like many in the comments, my background makes me want to read this book all the more. I spent many years as an L&D nurse before retiring quite awhile ago. My heart was with the home birth movement but all my own births and professional experience were in the hospital environment. I was always given the patients who for various reasons had to have their babies in the hospital but who like me, were all about taking the "one size fits all" out of the picture for themselves and their babies.

Posted by: Jane | September 5, 2012 1:21 AM

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