The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman
The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman follows Patience Murphy who has the gift of escorting women through the challenges of bringing children into the world. During the depression, Patience takes on a job that is risky and doesn’t yield much of a financial return … yet is one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. After her mentor dies unexpectedly, she takes the helm and although she feels completely out of her element, she takes things slow and begins to trust herself. In a little over a year, we see Patience grow in many ways and we watch as the story twists and turns, intertwining many lives.
Oh boy! Every once in a while a real gem of a book comes along, and this is THE book! I absolutely adored The Midwife of Hope River. I agreed to read this book at first because I just had a baby, but let me tell you, this book is about so much more than just women having babies! This story encompasses the great depressions better than I’ve seen in a long time. Through the course of a year, not only do we get to see Patience grow and become a strong and confident midwife, but we witness racial tension and economic woes on a whole new level. This book blew me away and I loved the way Patricia weaves the main story through such a vivid and descriptive historical backdrop. Overall, a phenomenal debut that I absolutely loved. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.