What I’m Reading: The Runaway Midwife

I finished my audio book The Runaway Midwife by Patricia Harman.  I’ve listened to two different books by this author The Midwife of Hope River and The Reluctant Midwife.  I loved both of these books so was hopeful for this book as well.

The Runaway Midwife: A Novel by [Harman, Patricia]
I really liked the book.  The other books were historical fiction…this one was set in modern times.  It the book the main character runs away from her life and tries to start anew.  When I first started reading the book, I couldn’t imagine doing that but in the end, I can see for this character, it was the right move.

Here’s what Amazon had to say:
Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients…calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children…ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.

But when Clara’s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn’t been tending to her own needs and does something drastic: she runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she’s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to Sea Gull Island—a tiny, remote Canadian island—Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border.

Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identity—Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But there’s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and draw “Sara” into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer.

But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never really hide from your past.”

Amazon readers give the book 4.4 stars.  I think I’d agree.  I liked it.  I admit to liking the other books just a bit better but that was because I loved the historical concept of them.  The author’s writing style is one I really like.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading: The Runaway Midwife”

  1. Will put her on my list of authors to find/read/listen to. I just finished Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. I read her first book, Everything I Never Told You last year for book club. This was very good-I read it in two sittings-I had to put some time between the halves as I didn’t want to know how it ended, I wanted the characters to just stay where they were. . .

  2. I have read The Midwife of Hope River. It is also a good book. It is set in the Depression Era 1930’s. I like you prefer period books. Patricia Harman writes in a way I like to read. Also Kristin Hannah is another good author.

  3. Marion Usborne

    Was so excited to find you again, read one column, and then was told to subscribe through Facebook. Can I just subscribe? SO enjoy column.

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