Sunday, September 18, 2016

Book Review: The Midwife's Tale by Delia Parr

Book Summary: 
     Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations.  A widow with two grown children, she's hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha's world is shattered.
     Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can't remember a time when her faith has been tested more.  Still determined to do the work she knows God has intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead.  Whether it's trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and opportunity with hope and faith. 

What I loved:
     Reading about midwifery in the 1800's has helped me to realize and appreciate the advances we have made in both midwifery and obstetrics!  The author did a great job of describing all of the birth events in the book in a realistic, but not inappropriate way.  As a girl who may be interested in the field of labor and delivery, this was definitely an interesting read for me.  I really liked the manner in which Parr described the struggle between embracing the old art of midwifery and utilizing the advances of modern medicine.  Martha, who was the main character, was probably the oldest main character out of all the books I have read.  It was nice to have a "mature" and levelheaded heroine!  

What I didn't love so much:
     The plot moved along slowly.  If Martha wasn't attending a birth, the book progressed painfully slow.  I wish there would have been more details concerning midwifery (this IS a book about a midwife, right? ;)) 

Age recommendation and personal rating:
     How I would rate this book depends on the age of the girl reading it.  The author uses words and describes the birthing process in a very scientific way.  For a girl who knows about things like this, it is a great read.  For middle school girls, I would lower the rating, due to the birth scenes. My personal rating is 3/5 stars.

See y'all soon with another book!

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