What I’m Reading:

I just finished reading the book The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife by Patricia Harman.  Most of the time the books I take in are in audio book form.  This one, I actually read on my Kindle.

Oh my..I’ve told you that I’ve been on a roll reading wonderful books.  Let me just say, this one was WONDERFUL.  It’s the exact type of book I want to read.  It was interesting, had a strong female lead character, was historical fiction taking place in Appalachia before the mine workers were treated fairly, had a story that had a little mystery to it too.  It was written in first person which is always a plus for me too.  I love reading books about flawed yet good people….I think it gives me hope for myself.

Here’s what Amazon had to say about it, “A remarkable new voice in American fiction enchants readers with a moving and uplifting novel that celebrates the miracle of life. In The Midwife of Hope River, first-time novelist Patricia Harmon transports us to poverty stricken Appalachia during the Great Depression years of the 1930s and introduces us to a truly unforgettable heroine. Patience Murphy, a midwife struggling against disease, poverty, and prejudice—and her own haunting past—is a strong and endearing character that fans of the books of Ami McKay and Diane Chamberlain will take into their hearts, as she courageously attempts to bring new light, and life, into an otherwise cruel world.”

I found myself drawn to the book staying up late at night to read which I really don’t do anymore.  Oh it was worth loosing the sleep over as it was excellent.  For me it was a five star book…Amazon reads said 4.5 stars.

The chapters were really short.  I’d find myself reading one or two at breakfast and sneaking in a chapter or two when I was supposed to be working.  Oh, but it was such a good book.  If you only read a couple books a year and love historical fiction..add this one to the list.  It kind of reminds me of the books Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness and Christy both books that are on my all time favorites list.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading:

  1. Beth

    Jo – another all-time wonderful book is Mrs. Mike; I just ordered a Kindle Fire so will look for this book as one of the first of my many new adventures. I check your blog daily – thanks for including all of us in your life and for the quilting tutorials and patterns.

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  2. Jolene

    Since you enjoy reading historical literature you might like The Midwife’s Tale. It is based on a diary of a midwife who lived in Maine in the late 1700’s to early 1800’s. It is a fascinating view into the lives of those who lived in that era. It won a Pulitzer prize.

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  3. Gladie

    Did you know that my niece is a midwife? Craig’s great grandmother was also one. I haven’t read in a while, but this might be a good choice to restart with. Thanks. Jolene’s recommendation sounds great too.

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  4. Nann

    I read MOHR as an advance copy and loved it. I reviewed it at my (almost) annual booktalk at the AAUW-Illinois convention and heard from several people that their book groups had chosen it as a selection. Glad you enjoyed it, too, Jo.

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