The Midwife

The Midwife

Book - 2014
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"The Past -- Graduate student Beth Winslow was sure she was ready to navigate the challenges of becoming a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities with the baby, Beth is unprepared for the parents' decision to end the pregnancy -- and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen Haus, a home for unwed mothers deep in a Tennessee Mennonite community.
The Present -- As head midwife of Hopen Haus, Rhoda Mummau delivers babies with a confident though stoic ease. Except in rare moments, not even those who work alongside her would guess that each newborn cry, each starry-eyed glance from mother to child, nearly renders a fault through Rhoda's heart, reminding her of a past she has carefully concealed.
Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives in the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia's due date draws near, Rhoda must face her regrets and those she left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free." -- Back cover.
Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781414379357
Characteristics: 383 pages ; 21 cm


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Oct 10, 2015

My take on Christianity is very different from this. But that's not why I couldn't finish this book. I do often like the Amish/Mennonite series based in Lancaster Co. PA. It's not the secrets either, because Beth's secrets are only human. She just doesn't seem real to me, as Beth or as Rhoda. It doesn't make sense to me that she'd let the handyman stay. Nothing in the plot adds up. Rhoda doesn't appear to have any compassion for the few young women who show up on her doorstep. I read double the pages Nancy Pearl's age-based formula said I should (if you're over 50, 100 pages minus your age) before deciding I had much better books waiting in my to-be-read stack, and gave up. Cardboard characters and a totally gloomy outlook just didn't do anything for me. Other readers might disagree, and find some redemption in the part of the book I didn't get to.


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