Martha Cade is a midwife in 1830, a time when the medical establishment is full of new ideas about how babies should enter the world. One such doctor has just moved into town, and while he has some life saving skills, his attitude towards midwives in general is condescending, overbearing, and downright scary.
Martha's nineteen year old daughter has run off with a theater troupe while she was out on a delivery and her heart is broken, but her faith and some close friends are helping her cope.
Author Delia Parr's ability to breathe life into history and the characters residing in Trinity Pennsylvania made me care about their well being which made it a joy to pick up the book and escape into their world. When a character that I really liked turned into a villain, it threw me for a loop and I felt betrayed. I wonder if there will be redemption sometime in the next two books... I hope so.
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Bethany House Publishers (June 2, 2015)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Delia Parr is the author of sixteen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she's hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha's world is shattered.
Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can't remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it's trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.