The Midwife of Hope River (Hope River Series #1)

The Midwife of Hope River (Hope River Series #1)

by Patricia Harman
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The Midwife of Hope River 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
the-PageTurner More than 1 year ago
I loved this book- depression era West Virginia sounded rather depressing- but this book is about hope and life. I could not put it down. I hope the author plans a sequel
Caseylondon More than 1 year ago
Coal mining West Virginia during the 1930's is the setting for Patricia Harman's engaging debut novel, THE MIDWIFE OF HOPE RIVER. Patience Murphy is making a new life caring for pregnant women in Appalachia as she reconciles her past with her new surroundings. With the heart of Sandra Dallas, the intensity of Gay Courter and a nod to Barbara Wood the author integrates historical notes (the Great Depression, Appalachian coal mining, unions for miners and lack thereof, Emma Goldman the anarchist, Mother Jones, and even the Ku Klux Klan) into a seamless story about womanhood and the inherent risks of childbirth. She writes of a world where poverty, malnutrition and unequal access to quality healthcare can mean the difference between life and death. And while Patience's story is the story of her female clients and their children's births it is also her story. Harman weaves Patience's personal tale with gentleness and sudden details that leave the reader wondering how the midwife can escape her own sadness to help her patients. Can the town vet be counted on as an ally for Patience? Can Patience reconcile her own past and move forward to be the midwife Hope River needs? Can she face the challenges for both the poorest and wealthiest of her clients? Can she train an apprentice? Will her past change her future? An excellent book about the fragility of life, the miracle of birth, the community of neighbors, the Great Depression, love and healing and a woman's journey to find her place in the world. Beautifully written and a joy to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book club chose this book because of the depression era theme. It was a wonderful story about this period of American history. Everyone liked the book which does not always happen. We also had a great discussion about our own relatives during that time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting. I love historical fiction and this book did not disappoint.
Smartlady53 More than 1 year ago
"The Midwife of Hope River" is a stunning tale of true grit in West Virginia during the Depression-era. Patience is a truly flawed yet extraordinarily likeable character who finds friendship, love and a new life after enduring much heartbreak. The true to life stories of birthing are heartwarming, humorous and some horiffic. When I got to the last 60 pages...I savored each one not wanting the story to end. It is a MUST READ for all book clubs!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful story and just when I didn't know what to read. I heard from my sister what a good book this was so I got the Nook version and couldn't put it down. Great reading for women and anyone who appreciates the struggles some women have had in their lives. Heartwarming.
MegKMK More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading this book. The author kept the story moving and interesting. It is a very good read. I look forward to more books by this Author Patricia Harmon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is undoubtedly the most interesting, exciting, overwhelming description of the life and times of a midwife during the most tumultuous times in the history of the United States. The story is written from the heart and reaches into the heart of the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite an interesting book. Well developed charachters, and easy to read. Will look forward to reading more by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Loved this book.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by: Aubrey Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book I love this book so much. It’s honestly one of my new favorite books ever. I love how Harman writes. She is quite frank and to the point but with a lot of humor. The main character, Patience, is exceptionally well written. She is character full of depth and layers and unquestionably a character that is more than what she seems. She is a midwife, but you get glimpses of a life led before that was exciting. She holds many of the feminist ideals that I do. Her life as a midwife is not easy. She does not always get paid, but you get the feeling that Patience loves what she does. She faced many obstacles being a midwife in the mountains in one of the poorest areas of the country at the time and many men did not accept that she could do the job that a doctor could do. What is so fascinating about her attending all these births is that you get to see how all different families live and operate. You see the intersections of socioeconomic status and race and how the two intersect and how they also cause problems. As her first published novel, Harman wrote a story that is emotional and raw. It is one that I will recommend to many of my friends who are interested in birth and midwifery. This books is comparable to The Birth House by Ami McKay.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This hard to put down book weaves a great story that pulls the reader onto page after page. Nicely done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Midwife of Hope River was set in Depression era West Virginia. Patience Murphy is a very empathetic and caring midwife. She lives alone except for her memories of lost loved ones and the fear of the law catching up with her for past wrong doings. When she befriends a colored woman some of the locals don't care for it and let her know. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read that you won't want to put down. You will fall in love with the main character and never find a dull moment! Loved everything about this book and writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of a midwife who carries her own secrets while trying to stay "invisble" to the outside world. A story of unlikley friendships with the backdrop of the depression, the struggle of the poorest of the poor, but the strength of the human spirit. Story moves along effortlessly. Enjoyable and easy to be part of the story!! Won't disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read! I could hardly put it down. Patsy Harman is a wonderful storyteller, making the reader feel as if they are side by side with the characters of this Appalachian town. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great novel Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was so good that I could hardly put it down. I just wanted to read more and more. I would definitely read another book by this author.
Pheety More than 1 year ago
As a R. N I found the book fascinating. Very enjoyable and hard to put down.
SKWV More than 1 year ago
From the first page until the last the story kept up a fast pace. The characters were well researched for the time period and authentencity. As a native of West Virginia and knowing some of its early history I could relate to the local area locations in the book and what it must have been like during the hardship years of the late 1920s through the early 1930s. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and wished it had continued to a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Takes place in the 1920"s, but timely. Good Book discussion.
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Couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It is a very good read of life in the 1930s. Patience was portrayed so well. She was so real and alive to me. Her life was a very difficult one but I believe she loved her work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago