Aug 27, 2012

The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman

Title: The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife
Publication date: August 28, 2012; paperback
Genre: historical fiction
 Opening sentences: Stillbirth. "How long do you think my baby's been dead?" Katherine turns toward me, and I can tell she's still crying.
"Five days, maybe less," I answer my patient. "I heard the heartbeat when I checked you last Friday, and you said the baby moved during church. Shut your eyes now. Try. You need to rest."
I place my new leather-bound journal on the maple table, lean my head back, and gaze cross the dark room
. (this quote is from an ARC; the final edition may differ).
In 1930s Appalachia, midwife Patience Murphy strugges against disease, poverty, and prejudice - and her own haunting past - to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world. (from publisher's description).

8 comments:

The Bookworm said...

how sad.

Zibilee said...

I am in the midst of reading this one right now, and I just love the author. If you get a chance, pick up Arms Wide Open. It's a great book.

Suko said...

Oh, so sad....

Vicki said...

Very sad!!

patriica harman said...

It's not that sad. You've got to keep reading. I'm telling you, it gets better...maybe the baby isn't dead! Maybe it lives! I'm not saying anymore.
The whole first chapter is on my website. www.patriciaharman.com

Patricia Harman, author :-)

patriica harman said...

It's not that sad. You've got
to keep reading.
I'm telling you, it gets better...
maybe the baby isn't dead!
Maybe it lives!
I'm not saying anymore.
The whole first chapter is on
www.patriciaharman.com

Patricia Harman, author :-)

Staci said...

I am seriously intrigued by this one!

Anonymous said...

No way I could read this one.

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