Having just finished and very much enjoyed The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman I was really excited to get to the sequel The Reluctant Midwife and was happy to find I enjoyed it just as much. While The Reluctant Midwife can stand on it’s own I think the reader gets so much more in terms of character development and back story by starting with the first novel. The Reluctant Midwife again takes us into the world of midwifery but even more this novel is about life, hope, compassion, and opening yourself up to love and it will touch your heart in a good way. As a note I hope to not give away any spoilers but it’s a little difficult so if you intend to read the first one you may not want to read ahead as I can’t hide everything.
The Great Depression is still ravaging the country and Hope River is just a town of old country folk. There are no jobs and people are just struggling to make it day to day. So when Dr Isaac Blum whom Nurse Becky has been caring for since he went mute after his wife’s death says only one word – Patience – Becky knows it’s to Hope River that he wishes to return to and Becky looks forward to seeing her old friend Patience the midwife. Upon arriving Becky finds a lot of things have changed and Patience is married and expecting a baby herself and is thrilled to have Becky there to help with delivering babies elsewhere in the town. Becky however isn’t as happy with that as she’s never really been comfortable delivering babies like Patience is. She’s happy just being a nurse and taking care of people with illnesses or injuries. Yet she can’t turn down her friend or leave the women of Hope River with no care. So Becky takes on that job along with working as a nurse at the Civilian Conservation Corp and on top of all that still caring for Dr Blum. When a tragic fire hits Hope River everyone in the town will have to step up with courage and compassion.
That’s all on the plot but I do have a few words about the characters. At first I wasn’t sure about Becky but I think that was because I had liked Patience so much but it wasn’t long before I began to root for Becky. She’s a strong and independent woman who isn’t afraid to tackle what would have been considered a man’s job in terms of her nursing. She could take hold of a situation in seconds so it was kind of amusing to see how scared she could be at the thought of delivering a baby. Dr Blum – Isasc was another favorite character. We’re treated to his private thoughts and one can’t help but feel closer to him as his feelings unfold. Of course I was thrilled to see Patience was still a presence in the book even though it wasn’t a big one. What you feel most from these characters and the town of Hope River is the sense of community. These people are struggling through the Depression but they don’t hesitate to reach out and try to help others even when they don’t have much themselves.
If you’re looking for a story to warm your heart then look no further than The Reluctant Midwife. I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by Heather Henderson and she does a wonderful job of bringing the characters alive as well as the town of Hope River. Highly recommended!
Source: Digital review copy provided by the publisher for an honest review. Audiobook personal copy. No compensation was received.
Happy Sunday everyone. I thought I’d do a quick post with an update on Sammy and other things. I sure hope everyone is having much better weather than we are. It snowed again and it’s cold and there isn’t a whole lot of improvement for the week really. It’s time for spring already and I’m pretty sure most people have had enough of winter already. I want to see green grass and flowers and get to go outside without a scarf! LOL.
Well, let’s see – Sammy is doing pretty well. I don’t want to get too excited because my hopes have been dashed before but he hasn’t been sick now in twelve days which is good for him and he doesn’t seem to be getting as much tummy pain. I’m praying that this means that the spaghetti/chicken diet is calming his tummy and liver down. Since I started him on it he’s pretty much eaten every day and while it would be nice if he ate a bit more he’s still eating on a regular basis and seeming to feel good from it. He’s also been more of a pain in the butt and started up with some of his old antics again which means he’s feeling better too and I’m ok with that. It’s nice to have him driving me crazy again! But I guess the blood tests will tell the real truth. I’ll make an appointment in the beginning of April sometime and see what the vet says. He told me the last time I was there that if Sam started going longer between getting sick and started eating better that it was a good sign so I’m pinning my hopes on that. Please keep him in your prayers until his blood work is done and we see what’s going on in that little body of his. I’ve got some pics of him at the end of the post for you.
What else – oh I missed my blogoversary again. That’s the second year in a row. It was on March 8 and it’s now been 6 years. Wow, I can’t believe that I started this blog six years ago but I’m still really glad I did. I still enjoy blogging and reading books and being a part of the book tours. I have cut back this year on the spotlights and giveaways because I wanted to get back to reading and reviewing more. We’ll see I may pick up on the spotlights again – depends on how things go with Sammy. I think the biggest thing I’m grateful for when it comes to the blog is the great friends I’ve made. I’ve made a few friends who I know will be lifetime friends for me – you know who you are – and that means more to me than anything else. We share our lives with each other and most of the time I think they all know me better than the people I see all the time. Then there are the readers of my blog who don’t necessarily comment but I know they are there and I’m grateful for them too. It all boils down to the fact that I’m not going anywhere yet and I hope you’ll all keep coming by the blog and I hope enjoying it.
I’ve also been reading and knitting. I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately – well I guess I’ve been listening to them. I’m so hooked on audios right now. I love them because I can still knit or play with Sammy or do whatever. Right now I’m finishing up Tilt by Ashley Chappell for a tour stop tomorrow and it’s the second book in her Chaos series and I’m really enjoying this one too. I just finished listening to The All You Can Dream Buffet by Barbara O’Neal and I enjoyed it as well. Next up to listen to is Under Magnolia by Frances Mayes that I’m really, really looking forward to. Now for the knitting – I’m attempting my first sweater. I bought some pretty sage yarn but I didn’t want to use it for my first try so I’m using a brown variegated one that I have a fairly big stash of to practice on. I’m not too far with it though. I’m just getting the back done and should be starting on the shaping of the upper part today. Wish me luck. Don’t be surprised if you can hear me cussing all the way to your house if it isn’t going well. Here’s a pic of what I’ve done so far…
Geez I’m long winded today. Well if you’ve stuck around this long here are the promised pictures of Sammy Bear – sorry the snow pics are a bit dark but it was gloomy and snowy outside and you can only lighten them so much. Enjoy…
Oh yeah! A Snow Day! Now this is what I call fun mommy!
I love rolling around in the snow and washing my face. Mommy doesn’t seem too happy though when we come in and I’m getting water all over the floor but it makes me happy so I’m sure it’s ok.
What do you mean it’s time to come in??? NO! I’m not done playing yet!
Yeah I’m cute. I know it!
Hope you all have a great week! Let me know what you did with your weekend and what you’re reading!
Happy Sunday everyone! It’s been ages since I did a Sunday post but I think I’m going to try to get back into doing them. I have the very bad habit of doing updates on Facebook but not posting on the blog about Sammy and I know not everyone is on Facebook. So I thought I’d update everyone on him and me and life…
Sweet Sam – well he wasn’t doing too well so I had him to the vet a week or so ago and we changed up his food and meds. Now he gets spaghetti and chicken which he loves. He never has liked rice much so I knew he wouldn’t keep up an appetite on that. He’s been doing really well on it only being sick once but then yesterday he wasn’t feeling well all day again and wouldn’t eat or drink until finally at supper. I know there is a period of time that it takes to see if the different food will settle his tummy out so maybe he’s just had a few off days. I pray over the next few weeks to see more good days than bad like he had yesterday. Those days really tear at my heart. The vet said it takes about 3 months for their systems to settle and to see an improvement in the liver so we have till the end of March for that. If in the next few weeks he isn’t doing better then it’ll be an ultrasound and likely surgery to do a biopsy and I really don’t want to put Sam through that. Those who have been praying please keep up those prayers!
As for me I’ve finally been able to get into books again although mostly only audiobooks. If it’s not an audio I let my Kindle read to me. I don’t know why but my concentration to actually read a book has been horrible. I’ve been listening to quite a few great audios though which are awesome for taking your mind off the more serious things in life for just a little while. I just started listening to While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell and it is already promising to be a very good book. I just finished some great Highland Romances by Eliza Knight and those reviews will be up this week so I hope you’ll pop in to check those out. Oh, wish me luck – I have to have a blood pressure holster test for 24 hrs this week. My stupid blood pressure has been sky high. NOT HAPPY about that!
Ok, the moment you’ve all been waiting for … pictures of Sammy … Enjoy!
So what has everyone been up to this weekend? Reading and relaxing or something more exciting? I hope you all have a great week!
Happy Easter everyone! What is everybody up to this Easter weekend? I hope you’re spending it with family and friends. Ours has been quiet but nice. As most of you know my dad was quite ill again and was in the hospital for over a week. He is home now and doing better so this Easter I am very grateful to have my dad home and doing well as we came quite close to losing him. Dinner tonight will be a nice roast chicken with potatoes, polenta, and vegetables. I’m looking forward to that and so is Sam. My Sammy is a chicken fiend! As soon as he starts smelling it roasting in the oven he is pacing the kitchen. It’s pretty funny until it’s out of the oven and he starts howling for it instead.
On the book scene I’m finishing up And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry for review tomorrow and I’ve really enjoyed the book. I’ve got a couple more reviews to go up this week – Through a Dusty Window: New York City Stories 1910-2001 by Delancey Stewart and Oleanna by Julie K. Rose and a few book spotlights with giveaways so I hope you’ll pop in for all of that. I’m trying to get back into reading blogs once again so you’ll probably see me around this week.
What a difference a week makes in terms of weather. Poor little Sammy couldn’t even make it through all the snow we got. I had to clean his paths in the back yard four times just so he could go out. It was horrible and it’s not often we close down roads but it was so bad we even did that. Here’s a few pics of our huge snow storm (sorry they are dark but it was really gloomy with all that snow)…
My uncle was helping out with all our snow thank God!
Our backyard. You can enlarge the picture and kind of make out the paths I did for Sammy.
And here we are a week later and the front is really melting and the road is once again clear.
And then there is my cute little boy. I have a few pictures of him for you this week. He had his hair cut last week so you can see his little eye balls much better and he’s much happier being cooler. Enjoy…
I just got home from my haircut. They all keep oohing and aaahing at me trying to make me think it’s ok to be put through all of that but I know better.
Mommy I’m really tired after my haircut. Can’t you just leave me alone and let me sleep already? Yes, I know I’m cute. Now let me sleep!
Happy Easter everyone! See ya next week!
That’s it for this week folks. I hope you all have a great week!