The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr

The Midwife's Tale

The Midwife’s Tale

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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.

My Review:

At first, I was slightly confused at the direction this book would go in. It is a slow starter to be sure, but that does not mean it was bad. Martha Cade is an older character, she is widowed, and romance is not the primary driving story line of this book. There is little to any romance involved, if that is what you are looking for. Instead, there is more the tale of a midwife and how they may have served women in that time period. There were several glaring errors in just basic midwifery, even from that time period, but the author did not claim to be up on the facts. One though, that is constantly done in historical fiction which drives me insane is when the mother has been in labor for many, many hours and a midwife comes in and with skilled hands, turns the baby from the breech position to vertex and the baby comes smoothly. Babies can and have been born breech many times, and is not the leading cause of stalled labors. A skilled midwife would use other methods to get the baby born, but likely would be physically impossible to turn the baby at that point in labor.

Small errors like this, only distracted me because of my education in the field, but overall, I enjoyed the story. I gave it about 3.5 stars as a rating, mostly because of the errors and the lack of depth of some of the storylines. The positives were that she took an character that was older, and made her fascinating. She did not need a man, but with God beside her, was willing to be a strong female in a time where she was needed.

This book was provided for me for review by Bethany House publishers. The opinions contained herein are my own.

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