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The Midwife of Hope River

A Novel

Harman, Patricia

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Midwife of Hope River
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{u2014}and least likely to pay. She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust{u2014}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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0062198890
Characteristics: 382, 8 p. ;,21 cm


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Feb 03, 2014
  • MamaBlair rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book though it may not appeal of you haven't been through birth yourself. Very enjoyable, even if the end left us wanting to find out more!

Jan 24, 2014
  • carlygeddes rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Too sad for me. There were some loose ends left at the end of the story.

Sep 03, 2013
  • ljsteph rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

thoroughly enjoyed the midwife of Hope river.. It had me on the first page, I read it so fast I was disappointed when it was finished. Totally fell in love with Patience and Lizbeth and I felt every heartbreak they experienced.Will be reading it again soon. It was such a releif to find this book as I had been on a loosing streak for what seemed like a long long time as I kept striking out and not finding any books that could keep my interest going.

Aug 17, 2013
  • CindyL rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with bits of history, folk medicine, and the people living during the Great Depression in mining-towns W Virginia. Patience's/Lizbeth's life story gradually unfolds, as does her current life as a courageous and feeling person and midwife. You will not want to put this book down until you finish it.

Feb 05, 2013
  • libbuff rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I really liked this book. I don't know if men would like it, but I enjoyed it so much I read it twice through! Patience and Bitsy are terrific characters. I loved the descriptions of the countryside, as well as the characters. I learned a lot about home births, also...... the author is a midwife herself.


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Dec 26, 2013
  • siammarino rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Lizbeth is a midwife in a rural part of West Virginia after World War I. Loved this book because of the way it highlights not only Libeth's courage, but the courage of all the women whose babies she delivers.


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