The Mountain Midwife

The Mountain Midwife

by Laurie Alice Eakes

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Overview

Coming from a long line of mountain midwives, Ashley is torn between her dream of attending medical school and her guilt for abandoning the women who depend on her.

“Expertly crafted and filled with mystery and intrigue . . . sure to delight historical romance fans.” —Sarah E. Ladd, author of The Weaver’s Daughter, on A Stranger’s Secret

For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced midwifery in their mountain community. She dreams of advancing her skill set, but attending medical school would mean leaving the women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

Ashley Tolliver has tended the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted when Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. 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 for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the call originated. He believes she is the only person who can help him discover his family background.

Ashley isn’t prepared for Hunter’s entrance into her world or how he affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of starting her own family—dreams she cast aside in favor of earning her medical degree and helping her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something else—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310333463
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 12/15/2015
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 334
File size: 928 KB

About the Author

Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. She now has nearly two dozen books in print. Laurie Alice lives with her husband in Houston, Texas, with sundry lovable dogs and cats.

 

 

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The Mountain Midwife 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story- suspense from beginning to end, with a great faith message
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting story line...would like to see sequels. Highly recommend.
vickimarie2002 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved the story but felt like it was rushed at some times. I would have loved it more if there would have been a little more of Ashley being a midwife. It's a romance/thriller and it's a good combination of both.
BBulow More than 1 year ago
The Mountain Midwife opens with an engaging scene that pulled me immediately into Ashley Toliver’s world – that of a midwife for the women of a small Appalachian community. Awakened in the night, the last thing that Ashley expects is an abduction of her patient right after the birth. This light mystery takes off from there, pulling in another mystery of Hunter McDermott’s birth mother. Both of these threads intertwine nicely as the story progresses, as well as the growing friendship between Ashley and Hunter. There is a nice atmosphere found in this story – the feel of the small community is fully realized, and I loved the strong sense of heritage that Ashley has for her home. I enjoy when an author gives a character an authentic history that feels real to me, as this one did. The plot also flows nicely. The mystery thread is light and more my speed, since I don’t like super scary, crime-based stories. I felt like some of the ending scenes came across as a little bit anticlimactic. There are also some loose ends that I felt like weren’t tied up – perhaps to leave room for a sequel? I definitely felt like there are secondary characters in this story that could have their own and would be interested in reading those. I was also bummed at how easily things wrapped up for Ashley – I thought there would be more of a compromise regarding one big issue in her life. It seemed a bit glossed over, but that’s just my opinion. Other readers may not feel that way at all. The details about midwifery really grabbed my attention; Ashely had such deep roots, and the details about her job held my interest – and for anyone worried about there being too much detail, don’t be – I thought it was enough details to understand the situation and even learn from it, but not more information than was needed. I also thought it was neat how the author made Ashley and her friend Heather a descendant of characters in her historical series about midwives – I’ve read this first book, and this story actually makes me want to read the other two. Overall, this is an engaging story, with a lot of compelling elements, and a light mystery at its core - and I hope it's the beginning of a series. These characters have more stories to tell, I'm sure of it. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to do a review, and the views expressed here are my own.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
This novel had some intensity right out of the gate -- right in the very first chapter there's already a difficult birthing scene and a kidnapping introduced! It set me up for high hopes for the rest of the story, but alas, the action fizzled out for me pretty quick. Then I started running into issues with the plot and the writing itself. The biggest issue for me was the portrayal of the Appalachian people here. I live in Appalachian territory myself, my husband was raised here. In my experience, Appalachian folk can be some of the most humble, lovely souls you could find anywhere. Sure, there are bad seeds but that's true for anywhere in the world. It bothered me that so much of the plot here focused so much on negative stereotypes, stereotypes that the characters verbally try to fight against, but their actions end up perpetuating the image. This story, to me, just didn't have an authentic voice that would have done the culture justice. Another concern I had was with plot holes or plot points feeling like they were just falling to the wayside. Hunter's whole story is him on a mission to discover the truth about his birth mother, but for much of the book all that seems to take a backseat to him swooning all over Ashley. And why? I didn't quite get why they were supposed to be such a perfect fit. Hunter talks about how smitten he is with her but what does he have to go on? He mentions finding her incredibly physically attractive, he respects her work ethic and can't deny that she's educated, but aside from that they don't seem to have much common ground for long term success. Not to mention he's frequently making derogatory remarks about Appalachian culture (since he grew up with money, he tends to knock the poor mountain folk pretty easily). Some of his comments even border on slightly misogynistic. Likewise, Ashley likes Hunter's good looks but often gets annoyed with his ignorant, egotistical behavior / comments. Didn't leave me much to swoon over or root for. A couple issues with the writing itself --- I found the dialogue to often be a little too stiff for my liking. It didn't flow like natural conversation, but more like a bad tv movie script. Almost like "I am saying this, because I think this is what someone like me would be expected to say in this generic situation". Zero personality. I was also aggravated with the ending. To me it seemed somewhat contradictory to the rest of the plot. In the end, I found myself annoyed with this one, feeling like I got stuck with a bland romance disguised as a cultural fiction / medical drama piece.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
The Mountain Midwife***** by Laurie Alice Eakes Midwife Ashley Tolliver comes from a long line of midwives in the Appalachian mountain community she lives in. She loves being a midwife but ponders if she should further her medical training to better serve all of the community. As a midwife there is not much she hasn't seen/experienced—or so she thought—until she helps a young woman in a difficult delivery and needs to get the hemorrhaging woman to the hospital immediately—however, the new mother and baby is abducted and must be found before it is too late. Hunter McDermott gets a strange phone call from someone claiming to be his birth-mother. But is she really or is it some kind of scam? Only one way to find out, track her down and talk to her face to face. Arriving in the Appalachian mountains he learns that the local midwife may be his only hope in finding his birth-mother. So, he seeks out Ashley to help him. Being a retired RN, I enjoy reading stories with a medical story-line and midwives. I really liked Ashley and Hunter and their story. There are many twists and turns as they embark on their own quests which often times intertwine. Mystery, suspense, danger, family relationships, reconciliation, forgiveness, love and romance and faith are woven together to make this a heartwarming, endearing story. ~I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild Team Challenge, this is my honest review~
Blooming-with-Books More than 1 year ago
Just plain good reading... The Mountain Midwife By Laura Alice Eakes Ashley Tolliver is the local midwife, as have generations of Tolliver women. But she has dreams of taking her skills and training to the next level with medical school. But if she leaves who will care for those she leaves behind? Hunter McDermott thought he knew who he was, until he received a message in his voicemail. An unknown caller claims to be his mother and she needs his help. Suddenly his life as he knew it is in chaos and he is determined to track down the truth. But to find out the truth he needs to find the midwife how delivered him over 30 years ago. But what he finds is Ashley Tolliver a young woman too young to be who he is searching for. Ashley is on her own search - a young woman, in desperate need of medical attention, has disappeared along with her newborn. Finding this young woman soon is imperative. But the Appalachians are a dangerous region to venture if you don't know what you are heading into. And neither Ashley nor Hunter fully know just what they are getting themselves into. And venturing into the unknown can be deadly. It is interesting to compare this book with Laura's previous books about midwives and how the occupation changed over the generations and yet didn't change. There are some many today who are turning to midwives rather than doctors and yet it wasn't that long ago that midwives were the only option. This is an intriguing book that will be sure to keep you reading and be prepared for some twists that will keep you guessing as to the ultimate outcome. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone in search of a well-written story. I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
Between the beautiful covers of this book, you’ll find a fresh story that ties the history with the present in a unique way. Even though it’s a contemporary tale, there’s much of family heritage and the past that connects the plot and characters together. Well-written and unique, the book is full of suspense and twists as curvy as the mountain roads of the Appalachian community. There were, however, still a few things I had difficulty connecting to. I liked both Ashley and Hunter, but I didn’t connect with them as much as I hoped to. Their romance seemed small and at times a bit forced amidst the bigger themes of the plot. There was good suspense and surprises along the way, but again I wasn’t as hooked in as I expected to be. Even with a few things missing for me, I still appreciated how the characters grew and matured and sacrificed for others. I enjoyed the setting and liked following Ashley along in her unique role as a midwife. Real life is a huge part of this book. It deals with family trust issues, forgiveness, and friendship. Read it and see what you think. :) This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild for my copy.
Lane_Hill_House More than 1 year ago
Sunday, February 14, 2016 The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes, © 2015 Brooks Ridge ~ Appalachia Southwest Virginia Another wonderful story by Laurie Alice Eakes. I so enjoy her stories so tightly knit together that you will not want to put it down until you have finished. The Mountain Midwife will have you holding on from the very beginning as midwife Ashley Tolliver has a late night visitor ~ a young pregnant woman she has not seen before ~ ready to deliver. Trying to stanch the bleeding following delivery of her baby, Ashley calls the local hospital on her cell phone to tell them to expect them soon. But as the youth are leaving, they take off, chased by a large black truck in pursuit. ~*~ Great Falls Northern Virginia Hunter McDermott's face is plastered all over the television news. Before returning from business in Portugal, he rescues a young child from running out in traffic as her family is close behind him. From this simple action, they are diverted from an explosion of a car bomb. From this media exposure, he receives a phone call from a woman, unknown to him, who claims to be his mother. Her last name is Brooks. Thus begins an adventure that will change the focus of his life and that of nurse-midwife Ashley Tolliver as they unravel the daily happenings that bring them together. Ashley has plans to attend medical school to become a doctor as her two brothers, returning to Brooks Ridge to have expanded knowledge to further be of help to the people who trust her. Hunter finds his beginnings are different than what he thought. I was so involved in Ashley's service to her patients and connection with her friends; loyal and putting them before herself, she brings comfort and stability to those near her. She is trustworthy and compassionate; steadfast in purpose. Over two hundred years, women in her family line had been trained as midwives. One such woman she is named after, as Ashley Esther Tolliver, is Esther, you may have read about in the third book in the Midwives series, Choices of the Heart. ***Thank you to author Laurie Alice Eakes for sending me a print copy of The Mountain Midwife for review. This review was written in my own words. No other compensation was received.***
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
Ashley Tolliver is an Appalachian midwife. Shortly after she delivers a baby, the baby and mother are abducted. Hunter McDermott is trying to track down his birth mother, and seeks the help of the area midwife. Can they work together to accomplish both of their goals? The story gripped me from the first page. I absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down. It is a great mix of drama, action, and romance. We often think these communities no longer exist, but this book is a humble reminder of how certain, often forgotten, small towns still struggle with basic survival. Eakes provides great detail while moving the story and action along quickly. I had only one problem with this book - it ended and I wanted more! This is the first book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes and will definitely seek out her books in the future. I was given a copy of this book by the Thomas Nelson Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review, which I have provided.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Fiction Guild book!!! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to be honest when I first received this book, just looking at the cover made me think "Man this book just isn't going to be for me." I let it sit on my shelf for about a month. I just couldn't get the will power to let myself pick it up. I feel so bad about judging this book by it's cover and what I thought it could possibly be about. I thought it was going to be historical fiction, in this isolated mountain, with midwives. I didn't even read the synopsis on the back, so those were just my random initial thoughts. It scared me into not really wanting to read it. Finally this month I knew I needed to do this and at least give it a fair chance. I'm so glad I finally decided to do that. This book took me by such surprise. I really enjoyed it. If you know anything about my previous reading habits, you know how much I am obsessed with Diane Chamberlain's books. This book had the vibe and the reasons why I love Diane Chamberlain's books. It had the little bit of romance (not completely overwhelming/in your face), a mystery/thriller vibe with it, and twists every step of the way. Part of the reason why I was nervous to read this was because I thought it was going to be some weird historical fiction piece. I was expecting a hard to understand writing style. Again, I was completely wrong. The flow of this book is super easy to understand. My one problem with it, is that the main character Ashely is so involved in her town that there are a lot of characters to keep track of. I loved getting to know them, but by the end I just wanted the story wrapped up and done. Finding out how each of those side characters stories wrapped up at the end took a long time. Most of the side characters have their own issues that they are dealing with in addition to the issues that the main characters are involved with. It was nice to see how they turned out so we weren't left hanging, but it just took a while to get through them all. I love how even though there is romance in this book, it really takes a back seat and lets the real message shine through. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I was really surprised and would love to recommend this to other people!
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
he Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes is one of the first books I've read by this author, and, I believe, the first contemporary book by this author. I found the concept interesting: combining historical traditions of midwifes with modern-day mediciinal practices. The first chapter or so was fairly suspensful, and grabbed my attention...but then lost it and didn't regain it until about half way through the book. The characters take a while to connect with each other, and leave you wondering who's who and when they'll come together. Basically, city boy meets mountain girl. There are several stereotypes dealt with in this book, but then the characters would still act like the stereotype and make it a moot point. I found that to be really annoying because it took up time in the book and just canceled itself out. I didn't really connect to the characters or the setting, and had to push to get through this book. I do, however, think that the midwifery work was fascinating and took a lot of research. Ashley Tolliver is the daughter of a midway who is the daughter of a midwife, and so on and so forth. They've been at their work in the mountains for generations, helping women. When a mysterious couple shows up in the middle of the night with the woman's water broken, Ashley naturally does everything she can to help her. There's something fishy about her though, and Ashley's fears and suspicions are multiplied when the lady is kidnapped on the way to the hospital. Hunter McDermott accidently saved a whole family and is now on the news. He goes back to his own family and discovers his roots don't lead to quite where he thought they did. Thank you so much to the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction Guild for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
Ashley Tolliver is continuing the tradition of midwifery, something that the women in her family have been practicing for several generations. She has always hoped to go back to medical school but for now her patients need her in this tiny Appalachian community where plenty of the new mothers are single and life can sometimes be messy. Births aren't always easy and one night while a teen mother is giving birth at Ashley's clinic she starts bleeding and needs medical care, but when she disappears with the baby Ashley can't help but wonder if the mother and baby survived and where they went. Hunter McDermott want's to find his birth mother which allows his life to intersect with Ashley in the hopes that she can help him figure out who his mother might be. There are two mysteries going on within the pages of this story, which makes for an interesting read, but honestly there are so many things that held my attention with this book. The setting of the Appalachian mountains was easy to imagine, from the rich descriptions one can easily imagine the people and places.Brooks Ridge is unique and the characters really seem real and their life situations really grab you. The mystery and suspense are make this a good story, but for me it's the characters and setting that kept me reading. I found myself thinking about a few of them long after I finished the final page. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
RachsRamblings More than 1 year ago
This was my first read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows a lady who came from a long line of midwives. She wished to become a doctor so she could better help the people in the Appalachian mountains. However, to do this she must leave her current patients. Is she really ready to do this? Are her patients really the motive? This story was enjoyable. Hunter has a mystery to solve about his birth. He needs to track down information from a midwife to figure out his roots and family. This book held my attention and was very entertaining. I stayed up long past my bed time to follow the mystery to the end. I truly enjoyed this author, and I hope to read more. I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.
Peaches1AM More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Fiction Guild for an honest review! I know nothing about midwives, so I found this story to be extremely interesting. I thought this book was a very compelling read! It had so many things to offer...mystery with romance and life's struggles to make it thought. I thought this story was very engaging and very well thought out. The characters in this book where intriguing, almost so real to life the way the writer wrote them. The characters where set in a community, real friends with annoying quirks, that got on your nerves. I did like the fact that one women's family, the women in here family had been midwives for over two hundred years. They characters even had times were they made super bad choices, everyone always knows everyone business in a small town like this. I know I was raised in one myself. But I truly loved how God's love, grace, mercy, truth and forgiveness prevailed in this story. This story and characters even with God's grace is far from perfect. I liked each characters reaction as it affected one another. I really loved how this book was written with twists and turns that would be shocking to me. I did read this book quite fast, it was very enjoyable. I learned a few lessons myself from this book.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
First thoughts: Don't judge a book by its cover, or its title in this instance. This was a very enjoyable read. Had I not been sent a copy to review, this probably wouldn't have been one I would pick up, but it's definitely worth reading. Filled with interesting characters, mysterious pasts and secrets, the story kept me guessing until the end. There were enough twists to keep it unpredictable. I loved every minute of it. Plot: Ashley Tolliver is a midwife in Appalachia (hence the unoriginal title) where she's following in the footsteps of generations of the Tolliver women. She dreams of attending medical school, becoming a doctor and really being able to help her patients, like the young girl that mysteriously showed up in the middle of the night, gave birth, then disappeared while she was still hemorrhaging. Hunter McDermott is reluctantly branded a hero by the national media after saving a child. In the flurry of attention, he receives a phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter's search for the truth about his past brings him to Appalachia where crosses paths with Ashley, who's apparently got someone trying to harm her. Recommendation: I would recommend this book to those who like Inspirational Romance with a little bit of suspense. As she is a midwife, a few scenes have some details of childbirth, but it didn't get too graphic. All in all, a great and enjoyable story. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
jess_baker_614 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read of Laurie Alice Eakes and I can assure you that it will not be the last. I was so engrossed in the storyline that I read the book in one day. I have to admit, it has been a little while that I have done that! I was in love with the book after the first chapter when Ashley helped a young woman have a baby. Sounds simple right? Wrong. There was clearly something wrong when a rough looking man bring a a young lady to a midwife in the middle of the night and then shows no emotion towards her. I was so impressed with Ashley's bravery. It can't be easy living alone in the mountains and having a knock in the middle of the night wake you up. And when there is a strange pick up truck that seems to make trouble, Ashley does not let it bring her down. She still stays in her home so she can take care of her patients. A mysterious phone call from someone claiming to be his mother brings city boy Hunter McDermott into the picture. I could feel the confusion he had wondering what brought this strange woman to say he was his mother. And when he confronted his parents about it, I could see the emotion of all the characters. I enjoyed seeing his search for this woman. I think it ended up being a self discovery trip as well. The other thing I enjoyed about this book was the authors attention to detail about the scenes. I could picture myself in these mountains with the beautiful scenery all around. I could see each setting as if I were a part of them. I find that some authors overlook that, but rather focus on the dialog. I appreciate getting the big picture which makes the story come alive even more for me. I recommend this books to all book lovers, even if it is outside of your typically book list! I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
DKStevens119 More than 1 year ago
Ashley Tolliver is a midwife in a long line of Tolliver women who have caught babies for two hundred years and Hunter calls her looking for records of his birth. Will Ashley confirm that this woman is really his mother? I could feel the hurt and anger of Hunter McDermott after a mysterious woman called and turned his life upside down. He had never been told he was adopted, is his whole life based on a lie? He wants the truth and goes to a small Appalachian community in search of it. Ashley and Hunter are thrown together to solve this mystery and it turns into one of danger, with twists and turns, family secrets, babies and romance. Wonderful descriptions of scenery and life in the Appalachians brought you right into lives of the community. I would certainly recommend it. I was drawn in from the start finding a lot of family drama on both sides and steady action that kept me interested. I was gifted a copy to review from The Fiction Guild.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes was a very interesting tale with the practice of midwifery right in the center of the story. This unbelievably is the first book I have read by her and I can’t believe what I have been missing out on. We first meet the midwife Ashley Tolliver late at night by a banging on her door of a young mysterious woman who is just about to give birth. Ashley sees that the young girl whom she just helped deliver and her baby need to get to the hospital, so as she goes outside her mountain home to make the call, the young mother, baby, and the man she was with disappear into the night. Hot on their heels there is another vehicle in pursuit. Little does Ashley know that these nighttime visitors will set off a chain of events that will affect her for some time. Then in steps wealthy, famous, engineer Hunter McDermott with no apparent ties to the Virginia Mountain folk, except for a strange phone call he received from a woman claiming to be his mother. His life apparently turned upside down, is now trying to find answers about his identity and where he came from, he seeks out Ashley as her grandmother was the midwife that delivered him into the world. Ashley’s grandmother is no longer living so Ashley and Hunter begin to work together to find his mystery mother. That is just the tip of the ice burg, as Ashley and Hunter discover secrets neither were prepared for and both are beginning to question their life choices and decisions. This was quite a novel filled with romance, suspense, unknown danger, and two people trying to find their place in this world. I highly recommend this. I had a hard time putting it down and I am really looking forward to reading more of Ms. Eakes books. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan’s Fiction Guild and the opinions stated are my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
Another new author to me, Laurie Alice Eakes, writes a paced novel about babies! Well, midwifery. Not one who has ever been interested in midwifery or birthing, I did find this novel, The Mountain Midwife, interesting. Ms.Eakes writes with a dramatic flair that makes the reader feel the pain and trials of a young woman who helps others and of a young man who just wants to find his birth mother. When I first saw the book and its title I thought that this would be an 18th century or early 19th century read but no, this is a modern day story. Cell phones, jeans, and mountains. Ashely finds that she needs to deal with feelings of the "unknown" and Hunter, well, Hunter brings a lot to Ashley's small world. Other "secondary" characters in the story make the story well rounded . . . at times funny, other times suspenseful, and sometimes just plain mean. This is quite a story! One that I think all readers will love whether you like midwives or not. And of course, romance. *This book was provided for review by The Thomas Nelson Street Team*
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
WOW! This was a terrific book, the kind of read to make you stay up late at night and ignore phone calls the next day! I loved the "voice" and characters of Eakes' novel. The setting in the Appalachians was gritty and yet beautiful, showing both the extreme poverty and physical grandeur of Virginia. The suspense was riveting, as her characters navigated dangers from within and without. And the romance? I loved the growing tenderness between Ashley and Hunter. They each had become used to living inside their own fortress of busyness and commitment at work, trying to ignore the voice of loneliness inside them. Their friendship and love glows even brighter as it is offset by the sad lives of the struggling singles around them. The story begins when each of our characters faces personal risk to help others. Ashley Tolliver, midwife serving her small community, answers a midnight doorbell and finds a strange couple needing her help with an imminent birth. Concerns about postpartum hemorrhage send Ashley out to her car to take the new mother to the local hospital, but instead, we find her diving out of the way of a speeding pick-up truck - and her patients suddenly nowhere to be found. On the other side of the world, Hunter McDermott saves a little girl about to run into a Portuguese street and, inadvertently, spares her family from a random terrorist attack. He returns home a hero, hoping for anonymity, but finds a message on his answering machine that will put that idea upside down for the rest of his life. The delicious remainder of the book weaves these two lives together, solving mysteries, examining motives, and finding a new future for each. My only disappointment with this book was that I wish it had more pages! I think the author could have made more use of the tension from the ancient Tolliver/Brooks family dispute (a la Hatfields and McCoys) in the library book Hunter found as a foil to his love for Ashley. And the final chase scene, where nasty Beau Dell catches up with our protagonists and the missing couple, could have been a few paragraphs longer before the police arrive. But all's well that ends well, and this book leaves just enough lose ends for an equally satisfying sequel. This volume sends me straight to the front of the book to look up Eakes' other titles to add to my TBR list. I can't recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants a clean, quality, suspenseful romance. I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. I only wish I could give it a 6th star!
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, I haven't read many books on midwives so I wasn't sure what to expect. With that in mind let me say this book is a must read! It has you hooked from the first word and doesn't let you go to the very end. What would you do if everything you knew or thought you knew about yourself turned out to be a lie? This is the question Hunter McDermott is faced with after returning home from business. On his business trip he manages to save a family from a car bomb thus putting his life under a microscope. It's no surprise that everyone wants a piece of Hunter. What'a so surprising is the voicemail he receives saying this lady is his birth mom and he needs to come save a sister he doesn't even know. As Hunter goes on this journey to find himself and the truth, he meets midwife Ashley Tolliver. She's not what he's expecting. For one she's decades younger than he thought she'd be and smart as a whip too. He feels desperate to find out the truth of who he is and where he comes from so he reaches out to her to help. This book has it all. Intrigue, twists, turns, romance and even family drama. It's not too heavy on any of these elements that it overshadows the heart of the story. My friend and I, who have different tastes in books, both ended up with this book and were reading it at the same time. It was a race to see who finished first. We ate through breakfast and lunch and even stayed up to the wee morning hours trying to finish. The book is that good! Go grab a cup of hot tea ( or your favorite beverage) and snuggle in with this wonderful book. I look forward to reading other books by Laurie Alice Eakes.
AngelaBycroftNZ More than 1 year ago
A Seemless Blend of Romance and Mystery The Mountain Midwife is a wonderful escape into the wild and remote Appalachian mountains, where centuries of Ashley Tolliver’s female descendants have faithfully cared for generations of women. Ashely is the latest in this line and takes her responsibilities seriously. But still she dreams of spreading her wings, and heading to the big smoke to study a medical degree with the dream of returning to her home to practice as a doctor. Hunter McDermott lives a world and different culture away in the city and upon returning from freak events overseas which have made him a brief household name, discovers his carefully ordered world is built on a lie. His quest begins to track down his birth mother and unravel the true story of his birth and parentage. This place him on a collision course for Ashely and her records dating back to his birth. However, Ashley has other troubles of her own when late on night a mysterious couple arrive at her door. The woman delivers her child but heavily bleeding, is spirited away by her companion leaving Ashley worried about her chance of survival and the reasons for their sudden disappearance. Two stories gradually draw together much like a well sewn tapestry and the desire to discover how all these seemingly random events somehow fit together keeps the reader engaged and eager to reach the untimely satisfying conclusion.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
This was a beautiful read. Ashley is another generation of midwives in her family in the Appalachian Mountain town. She has a late night visitor a young woman who's water broke and a gentleman with her. She has never seen this young woman before at her practice and she is very worried about what could go wrong since she thinks she under 18. She has some complications and so Ashley tries to get her to hospital and they take off. Hunter saves a young girl while out of the country and makes the world , when he gets home he has a message from a woman claiming to be his mother an he confronts his parents about it and find out he is adopted by a woman in the same area that Ashley lives, and actually Ashley's grandmother delivered him. He comes to the area to find her and with it is told to get help from Ashley and they find a lot of interesting things along the way to finding love.
VelvaB More than 1 year ago
The Mountain Midwife was a fun book with several twists and turns. My parents were both from Southeastern Kentucky so I know the topography of this story well. I understand the twists and turns, meeting cars on narrow roads, and the ‘hillbilly’ accent. Following in the footsteps of her mother and grandmother, Ashley is a midwife. She sees being only a midwife as somewhat of a shortcoming. She has put off medical school before, and plans to attend as soon as she can find someone to take over her practice. Hunter is a ‘northerner’ from upstate Virginia. He has had the best of everything in his life from prep school to expensive SUVs. He learns something about his life and heads to the mountains to see if it is true. Obviously, he enlists Ashley’s help and together they go about trying to solve this problem. I think you will be somewhat surprised on the road it takes to solve the problem. There are twists and turns just like the mountain roads. I hope there is a second book because I would really like to know what happens with Heather. I enjoyed reading this book. **I received this book in exchange for an honest review.**