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Publisher's Summary

Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift: a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world. Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need - and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust - but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone in.
Honest, moving, and beautifully detailed, Patricia Harman's The Midwife of Hope River rings with authenticity as Patience faces nearly insurmountable difficulties. From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Ku Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light and life into an otherwise hard world.
©2012 Patricia Harman (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Derek on 08-25-16


Amazing book about a woman's journey and race relations during the depression. A must read for women's health providers.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Mollie on 02-16-17

Promising start, but got predictable at the end

Where does The Midwife of Hope River rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top quarter, but it must be taken into account that I've listened to a lot of Audible books.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Midwife of Hope River?

I enjoyed the stories of the babies she delivered, but I got tired of every single mother saying, "My baby!" when handed her child.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know that I had a favorite, but the final scene was too contrived. The author could've drawn the ending out a little more, which would have been a lot more satisfactory.

If you could take any character from The Midwife of Hope River out to dinner, who would it be and why?

I guess the main character, Patience Murphy. The book focuses on her more than anyone else.

Any additional comments?

It's a good book, and I started out loving it. I don't regret the time I invested, but the final scene made me angry.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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