The Reluctant Midwife

The Reluctant Midwife

Large Print - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410479648
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 571 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 23 cm


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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.

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.

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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