Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The Midwife Book Review

About the Book

Since the day Rhoda Mummau was baptized into the Old Order Mennonite Church and became the head midwife of Hopen Haus, she's been torn between the needs of the unwed mothers under her care and her desire to conceal the secrets of her past. Contact with the outside world could provide medical advantages, but remaining secluded in the community gives her the anonymity she craves.Graduate student Beth Winslow is on a path she never would have chosen. Heartbroken after surrendering a baby to adoption, she devotes herself to her studies until she becomes pregnant again, this time as a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities, 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 House.Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives to the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia's due date draws near, Rhoda must face her past and those she thought she had left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free. (Goodreads)

My Review

I had high hopes for this book simply based on the good reviews. I also have been wanting the read The Outcast which I have yet to do.  This book was far better than I had hoped and I really enjoyed every page. The characters have great depth and personality. There is a lot typed up in the words and while the plot isn't difficult to figure out it still creates emotion. I fear some people will see this book and think it's another typical Amish book, and it's not at all. Set in the Mennonite community these women take refuge and Hopen House, which I love. Each woman has a story and they work together to bring hope in each other's lives. Rhoda has quite the past and her story slowly unfolds switching between present day and past. I learned a lot about how surrogate options work and it made me think about how it would be like to carry someone else's child or have someone else carry your child.
Very good book and I am a new fan of this author. I usually don't pick out books that deal with a lot of child birth or a Mennonite setting but this book surprised me.

Highly recommend!!

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1 comment:

Jolina Petersheim said...

Thank you for the wonderful review, Michelle! I appreciate it so much! :)