A Place Called Trinity

A Place Called Trinity

by Delia Parr
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A Place Called Trinity by Delia Parr

Pennsylvania, 1833. Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity for generations. She's a woman on her own, with two nearly-grown children whom she's raised alone since the death of her husband. Her one hope is that her daughter will follow her footsteps and take on the challenging life of a midwife. But when her daughter runs away, Martha's world is shattered. After months of searching, Martha returns, heartbroken, to Trinity. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha finds her faith sorely tested. Soon, she realizes she must draw on that faith to stop a town scandal, mend relationships, and find her daughter.

A Place Called Trinity is a novel of laughter and tears, faith and hope. It's a novel peopled with characters you might recognize right next door, and a woman, Martha Cade, in whom you might see your own strengths, your own struggles, and your own belief in a father in heaven. And when you come home to Trinity, you'll come home to your own heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312310059
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 01/06/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Delia Parr has written seven novels for SMP. She lives in south New Jersey.

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Pennsylvania, 1833. Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity for generations. She's a woman on her own, with two nearly-grown children whom she's raised alone since the death of her husband. Her one hope is that her daughter will follow her footsteps and take on the challenging life of a midwife. But when her daughter runs away, Martha's world is shattered. After months of searching, Martha returns, heartbroken, to Trinity. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha finds her faith sorely tested. Soon, she realizes she must draw on that faith to stop a town scandal, mend relationships, and find her daughter.

A Place Called Trinity is a novel of laughter and tears, faith and hope. It's a novel peopled with characters you might recognize right next door, and a woman, Martha Cade, in whom you might see your own strengths, your own struggles, and your own belief in a father in heaven. And when you come home to Trinity, you'll come home to your own heart.

1. Though A Place Called Trinity is set in 1833, did you find any modern echoes in the way the characters behaved? What are some examples?

2. How did you feel about Martha's desire to have her daughter follow in her footsteps and become a midwife?

3. Did you understand why Martha's daughter would leave home?

4. A Place Called Trinity often illustrates the clash between "modern" medicine and traditional medicine. Do you feel that clash still exists today? How?

5. How did Martha's faith help her through her trials?

6. When did you feel Martha's faith in God waiver the most? Under the same circumstances, how would you react?

7. Did you feel Martha had to choose between her career and her family? Do women still have to face or confront these same issues today? How is it different?

8. Why do you think Martha Cade never remarried?

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A Place Called Trinity 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book, though mildly captivating, found me overall bored with its content and characters. I have read Parr's books in the past, and must say that I found some of her previous novels slightly more inspired than this one turned out to be. With all due respect to the author and her fans, this book really wasn't worth the time taken to read it. It is better substituted with an earlier Parr title, such as 'The Ivory Duchess'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Parr's Trinity; so much so I'm wondering if I read the same book as the critics listed here. This story was warm and wonderful and dealt with real-life situations in a constructive way. I loved it! And I'm looking forward to reading more of the Trinity novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
For three generations, fiftyish Martha Cade¿s family has served as the midwives for the people living in and around Trinity, Pennsylvania. However, Martha struggles with the realities of the modern world. Her daughter Victoria has fled home joining a traveling acting troupe rather than take on her 'natural' role as the heir apparent midwife. Also that newfangled professional, a doctor, has come to her small town, leaving Martha to wonder how many of her clients will continue to use her services.

In spite of her feelings of failure and inadequacy, Martha continues to make rounds caring for the physical and emotional needs of her patients and a few other individuals. Martha finds her faith helps her through this confidence crisis. However, her inner turmoil is on hold when she becomes embroiled with the shenanigans of the chaplain of Hampton Academy whose courses would leave 1830s educators shocked and dismayed if known. How to prove the chaplain is grooming a bunch of future thieves without getting killed is Martha¿s dilemma, but her belief in God will help her carry her burden.

A PLACE CALLED TRINITY is a sweet engaging Americana novel starring a kind compassionate individual who turns to faith when her comfortable world seems near collapse. Perhaps a bit too Mother Teresa in outlook, Martha¿s abilities to surmount her doubts serve as a lesson for anyone struggling with apparently impossible trials and tribulations. Few writers are on a par with Delia Parr, whose latest homespun tale will delight those in the audience relishing an uplifting historical story and will desire more inspirational yarns starring Martha and the townsfolk.

Harriet Klausner