Monday, February 16, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

Neva and her mother, Grace are midwives who share both camaraderie and a passion for their life's work. Neva, though, has always been closer to her father, Robert, and when Neva refuses to tell Grace who the father of the baby she's carrying is, it puts more of a wedge between them. Neva also doesn't want to reveal that information to her grandmother, Floss (a retired midwife), either. Yet, Neva's pregnancy reminds Floss of her own life as a single mother to Grace years ago. In fact, Floss, has been carrying a secret of her own for many years. The Secrets of Midwives explores the bond between mothers and daughters and the joy of childbirth. While I liked it, I didn't feel the depth of enjoyment that I usually feel when reading this type of book. Give this novel to people who enjoy Jo-Ann Mapson and Courtney Miller Santo's The Roots of the Olive Tree.

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