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These Healing Hills by Ann Gabhart

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My Review:
Well, anything to do with birth or midwifery always fascinates me. This book is no exception. This book reminded me of Christy by Catherine Marshall of sorts, with instead of a teacher, we have a nurse midwife in training. Her pain from being abandoned  by the supposed love of her life in the beginning of the book sets the stage for us to learn some valuable lessons.
I loved the history that is woven throughout on the training, the hard births, the tough calls that they had to make as well as balancing the old wives tales while still utilizing some of the natural remedies that were good.
Ms. Gabhart did an amazing job telling us this story, while causing us to experience life there in the hills.
This book is available for purchase from Amazon and where books are sold for pre-order.

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The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

 

Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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About the book: 

All Parisienne Julianne Chevalier wants to be is a midwife. But when her patient dies in childbirth, she’s branded as a criminal and is exiled to 1720s Louisiana where her brother, Benjamin, serves as a soldier. When she arrives there’s no sign of him. Does military attache Marc-Paul Girard know more than he’s telling?

My review:

I had to wait awhile to read this one, but it was worth it. I have enjoyed Jocelyn Green’s other books, but this one was unique.
First of all, as the daughter of a midwife, I am always particular about books speaking of midwives. While I could have been critical of certain points, I felt she did an outstanding job of portraying this life work.
The flow of the book just would not let me put it down. I just wanted to sit, read, absorb and live in the story. I didn’t want to finish, but I didn’t want to go out of it. I wanted to keep experiencing and living with the character’s, their sorrows and their joys.
If you are looking for good, deep historical fiction, you will find it here in this book. As with her other books, this book would be excellent for those studying parts of history not often spoken of. I am well versed in history and had not read much about this before. I am fascinated to get some of the books mentioned by the author in her notes. It will have me digging deeper in history and doing a bit of my own research. If you like historical fiction, pick this one up.

You can purchase it here. “The Mark of The King” 

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Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

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In the Depth of the Storm’s Shadow, Only Truth Can Light Her Way

Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira’s gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart’s calling to become an apprentice midwife.

When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira’s people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she’s denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

My Review:

I read a lot of books. It is not always that I love a book anymore. I really, really loved this book. The depth of the writing reminded me of a mix of Mesu Andrews and Tessa Ashfar combined with her own twist on it.

I am generally very, very critical of midwifery scenes in books. In this one, a woman that has never given birth, managed to describe the feelings of someone that was an assistant so well. I have assisted and been a doula at many births, am the daughter of a midwife and I felt like I was in the birthing room with Shira. I felt her pain and the healing as she became a strong woman. It was amazing.

This is the second book in the series and you will want to read the previous one before this one. Shadow of the storm is released Oct. 18th, so go and pre-order it along with the first one so you are ready when it comes.

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Shadow of the Storm Only $8.56 in paperback for pre-order

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The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Eakes

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Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko

About the Book:

Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth to a baby at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take her to the nearest hospital. The new mother is dangerously bleeding and needs medical attention. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.
Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want from a daring rescue of a young girl, he received a mysterious phone call from the middle of Virginia from a woman claiming to be his mother. He seeks out the aid of the local midwife—her family has assisted in the births of most babies for many generations; surely she can shed some light on his own family background.

My Review:

All the other books I had read by Ms. Eakes had been historical, so I was pleasantly surprised by a contemporary. I enjoy history, but there is something about a well written historical. When it is about midwives, birth and such, it is even better. This book portrays the life of a nurse midwife that works in a small Appalachian community. As such, she gives her viewpoint as such.

I enjoyed the storyline, with a mystery interwoven throughout, bringing us full circle from wealth to the backwoods. The real trials that face women that live those areas was painted in broad strokes.

It made me want to research some of the laws for midwifery in that area, and learn more about what is available there.

If you enjoy books on midwifery, birth or just a good story, pick this book up. It will be released Dec. 15th.

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