The Midwife's Dilemma (At Home in Trinity Series #3)

The Midwife's Dilemma (At Home in Trinity Series #3)

by Delia Parr


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Delia Parr's Delightful Midwife Series Concludes

Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger. Even her beloved town of Trinity is changing.

The 1830s Pennsylvania town, having mushroomed in size and population, is becoming an important agricultural and economic center for the region, and soon a canal will connect it even more to the outside world.

It is a season that will set the course for the rest of her life. Martha will need every ounce of confidence, courage, and faith she possesses to overcome the obstacles that will make her life far more challenging and difficult than she can dare to imagine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764217357
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/05/2016
Series: At Home in Trinity Series , #3
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 886,175
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Delia Parr is the author of seventeen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida.

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The Midwife's Dilemma (At Home in Trinity Series #3) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have loved these stories and the many characters drawn by the author with great skill.
LisetteRue More than 1 year ago
Change is difficult, but change always happens. Trinity’s midwife, Martha Cade, is certain that she will marry Thomas Dillon when he returns. But even that confidence dims when he pushes her to move up their wedding date, presses her to go to New York with him (hence moving up their wedding) and strongly encourages her to quit midwifery. On top of that, her daughter, Victoria, is falling for Dr. McMillan. Fern and Ivy are back to their bakery, but, interestingly, they bring two strangers with them. There’s also a horse named Bella that was gifted to her, but she only seems to want to cause Martha harm. And then she’s back to Thomas. He loves her and she him, but his doggedness to rush her along is really dragging her down. What I especially like about Delia Parr’s Martha Cade is that she’s created an admirable character, replete with flaws and worries like the rest of us. It doesn’t matter that her story takes place in 1831 in a small but growing town. Martha is something truly inspiring, for not only is she dedicated to her role as Trinity’s midwife, she’s passionate about it. She knows that she was called to that position. It is clear that Delia Parr writes skillfully with attention to historical detail, but I did not enjoy this novel like I did the first two books. The pace felt slower to me, so my attention sometimes waned, but it’s still a good story. It rounded out the series in a happily conclusive manner. The book’s message is so good, too. Aunt Hilda says it best, ‘Follow God, follow your heart, and follow your dreams. And if you ever have any doubt about what to do, just trust that He’ll guide you to the life He means for you to have.’ That’s spectacular advice for anyone, at any age, no matter the era. -- Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are expressly my own.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
I was a little annoyed that there was so much backstory at the beginning. I think it was a little much and my preference would have been for a little less, but if you had not read the first two books, (like me) it was somewhat helpful. But if you had read the first books it might have been a little repetitious and boring. I was also a little annoyed by the whole "dilemma" that the main character faced. Without giving away the story, it just seemed a little ridiculous to me. She just needed to have some faith in her true love and in God, and all the little details would work out. Over all it was a well-written story and I enjoyed in once I got past the backstory issues. There were elements of the story that I appreciated very much. The author was very descriptive and I enjoyed her style of writing. I would probably recommend reading the first two books in the series before this one to get the greatest enjoyment. I would give this book a four out of five stars. Bethany House Publishers provided me this copy of the book for my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. It was a good read. Midwife Martha Cade has to decide if she is going to quit being a midwife and marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. Make sure to read the first two in the series to understand everything that is going on. Martha is looking all over for another woman to take over her midwife duties so she can enjoy a life with Thomas. I received this book from Bethany for a fair and honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As the third book in the At Home in Trinity series, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was interesting but not captivating. While I enjoyed reading about the life of a rural midwife and understanding better the demands and frustrations that accompanied such a responsibility, I found this book slow reading and the characters not as developed as I would have hoped for a third book in a series. This was my first time reading a book by author Delia Parr, and I was intrigued to learn more about the struggles of midwives in the early 1800’s. Parr did a commendable job capturing the struggles of the rural midwife, but I found the plot dragged and the characters seemed less developed than in other historical novels I have read recently. What I mean by that is that while I sympathized with the plight and struggles of the Martha, her family, and friends, I never felt pulled into their struggles. Instead I felt like a casual observer as I read the novel. I like strong characters that also engage me as a reader and pull me into their lives. Historically accurate and easy to read, The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr was okay, but I likely won’t read the other books in the series. Bethany House gave me a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr for my candid review.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I was sad to see this was the last book in the At Home in Trinity series. I have enjoyed all of them. As I read it, I couldn’t help but think about when I met Martha in the first book, The Midwife’s Tale. It was like thinking back on the life of a friend. Midwife Cade has faced many changes in the three books. She is a middle aged widow and these new chapters in her life hold true for women even now: children becoming adults, letting go of control in their lives and ours, realizing we cannot keep up our youthful pace, confronting new decisions about the future, and most of all accepting the time of life we are in. There were moments I became aggravated at the Martha for her overbearing, bossy attitude toward others. Then I realized taking control of situations was just part of her calling as midwife spilling over into other relationships. I admired her for waiting on God’s guidance in the choices set before her, and I could relate to how much harder those are later in years. A lesson that ran throughout the book was how God provides for us even before the need arises. I experience this in my life as a widow. I continued to enjoy the fascinating facts about medicine and midwifery during that era. Ms. Parr’s solid characters and wonderful sense of humor made this another great book. I loved the ending!! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. Martha Cade lives in Trinity, Pennsylvania in 1831. She has been alone the last few months since Fern and Ivy Lynn left town to take care of personal business. Thomas Dillon (who wishes to marry Martha) went as their escort. Martha’s daughter, Victoria has been helping Aunt Hilda (not really a relative). Martha suffered a terrible loss when her horse, Grace died recently. Martha used Grace to get to her midwife appointments and birthing (she was also who she talked to). Martha now has to rely on other people for transportation. Thomas, Fern, and Ivy finally return home and they bring Jane Trew and her daughter, Cassie with them (new project). Jane is hiding a secret, but no one wishes to pry. Thomas now wishes for a decision from Martha. Will she or won’t she marry him? It is not an easy decision, because Martha knows she would not be able to continue her practice. Martha needed to find someone to replace her if she decides to marry Thomas. Martha also has to deal with her daughter, Victoria’s new romance. Victoria has been seeing Dr. Benjamin McMillan (without her mother’s knowledge). Now they wish to get married (and want Martha’s permission). So many decisions for Martha. Will she make the right ones? Join us in The Midwife’s Dilemma to see what is happening in Trinity and if Martha makes the right choices. The Midwife’s Dilemma was not as good as the first book in the series. This book was mostly Martha trying to decide whether or not to get married (I am not kidding). Martha goes back and forth on her decision, lamenting the loss of her horse (and not willing to accept anyone’s help on getting a new one), and upset that her daughter wants to marry her enemy (Dr. McMillan). I, personally, did not understand what Thomas saw in Martha (I kept hoping the guy would land someone more decisive and appealing). The Midwife’s Dilemma is nicely written and easy to read. The Christian theme is very prevalent throughout the book. I just felt that this book was an add-on (that was not needed). Martha has really been trying to make up her mind this whole time (through the whole series). The Midwife’s Dilemma is really not a stand-alone book. You need to read the previous books in order to understand everything that is going on in this book. I give The Midwife’s Dilemma 3 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Dilemma from NetGalley in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
The Midwife’s Dilemma is a wonderful story! The third novel in the At Home in Trinity series, Delia Parr concludes the trilogy with a heartfelt and dramatic tale. I love Martha Cade and her dedication to her family and friends and to her calling as a midwife. As this series concludes, Martha is faced with a myriad of personal and professional changes as she enters a new season in her life. Brimming with emotion and encouragement, I delighted in the culmination of Martha’s journey. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and will miss visiting the beloved town of Trinity and its residents. The Midwife’s Dilemma and its series predecessors are recommended reads for those who enjoy inspirational historical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
We are back in Trinity, PA and spending time again with Midwife and Widow Martha Cade and the people that a part of her life here. Thomas who has wanted to marry Martha for years, actually from before they both married for love the first time, and keeps asking Martha to be his wife. Her main obstacle is find a replacement and knowing that person can take over as Midwife in Liberty. Now there are all kinds of new problems being thrown at her, and her daughter Victoria is hitting her with a big one. She keeps trying to find a replacement, and Thomas finally gives her an ultimatum, you are in for a really good read as you find out which road God is leading her. All of our old friends are here, including Bird, and we are about to meet some new and some that we have know but not personally. There are some serious issues here and some warm hearted chuckles, and I recommend that you read the other two books in this series, it is not necessary to enjoy this one, but they are such rich and good reads you won’t want to miss. I hate to say goodbye to these dear friends, I want to know what happens down the road, and more, but I have enjoyed these books, and recommend them. I received this book through Bethany House Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Last Book Of The At Home In Trinity Trilogy The Midwife And A Wonderful Cast Of Character STORY LINE: Martha Cade is the midwife for Trinity; the last in her family to take up the midwife skills. She is capable, strong, independent, and has great faith in God. She has her daughter Victoria back in Trinity, her son Oliver is doing well up North, her long ago love at her side Thomas Dillon, her duties as midwife, and wonderful friends. But there is trouble in paradise. Thomas is making demands she can not abide, Victoria is sneaking around with her adversary Dr. McMillan, and the town acquires two new mysterious residents, Jane Trew and her simple daughter, who return with Fern and Ivy from their mission up North. Come along with Martha, Thomas, Victoria, and all their friends in this last journey in Trinity. CHARACTERS, PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT: Ms. Parr character development was on par with the story-line. Martha’s character is strong and independence with deep faith, but she is also very firm in her own personal standards. I found myself at times wanting to shake her as she put off Thomas again and again. But she finds her way through prayer and her belief in God’s plan for her. Ms. Parr painted a picture with words of the struggle we go through with decisions and situations then through prayer and God’s guidance we reach the correct conclusions. Thomas was another strong character, independent, and firm in his faith. He could be almost unbending at times in his demands that Martha give up her God-given talent for marriage. Through his faith, prayer, and God’s guidance, he will grow throughout the story. The secondary characters in the book were wonderful and added so much depth to the book. There is quite a cast of characters; some are misfits, some with secrets and pain, but all are good people with caring in their hearts. Ms. Parr’s portrayal of the small town of Trinity was refreshing as she shows a caring community based on faith and caring for each other. Of course, all the cast is here from the previous book. This is a faith-based book, but Ms. Parr does not preach or push Christian beliefs on the reader, rather she skillfully introduces those beliefs into the story-line through the characters. Ms. Parr presents us as we are, with all our faults and failures, but with God’s guiding hand and forgiveness in our life. RECOMMENDATION: This was a good finish to the series as it resolves all the issues introduced in the series and ends the series on a high note. Author Delia Parr created a clean, solid, well written book that is suitable for anyone. Thank you Ms. Parr for this series. I received this book from Netgalley and the publisher in return for an honest book review. Book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion; all book reviews on line under my name are my opinion.
Jaquelyn More than 1 year ago
The Midwife’s Dilemma is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. I have read the first two books, but don’t feel that you need to in order to enjoy this book. That being said, I would suggest you read them because you really get to know all the characters and their struggles throughout the whole series. The At Home in Trinity series follows Martha Cade who is the Midwife in Trinity and its surrounding areas. For as long as she can remember, Martha has been at the towns’ beck and call. Leaving at a moments notice is often what helps her save someone’s life, and that of their newborn child. But it doesn’t come with out stress and exhaustion seeping in. Being on call constantly leaves Martha missing meals, and being woken up at all hours of the night, no matter how little sleep she got the night before. Thankfully she is surrounded with friends and family that love her, and now understand why she does what she does. The town is changing, and with doctors taking over much of what the midwives are used to doing, Martha finds her life changing too. Wanting to train someone to take over as midwife is her only chance at finding happiness, and getting a little sleep. In this story Martha continues the search for her replacement, the only thing standing in the way of her and Thomas’ happy ending. Being a mother and midwife is what she is used to, and she is more than ready to take on the role of wife. Now if only she can work out all the details. Can Martha’s dreams come true? Or is she destined to be left alone for the rest of her life? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction. The characters are very likable. They are also plenty unique and that is one of the things that keeps you guessing what’s going to happen next. I enjoyed visiting the town of Trinity, and know you will as well. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.