The Midwife’s Choice by Delia Parr
In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade tries to balance her life’s calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged seventeen-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. At the same time, she must decide whether she’ll risk reopening the heart she’d long closed off to love.
Though a small town, Trinity, Pennsylvania, is fraught with secrets, and as a midwife, Martha moves among its people. She knows which homes are filled with light and love, which families have slipped into grief, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands dare to cross lines…As Martha struggles with the conflicts of being a mother, a midwife, and a woman, she learns the greatest lessons of all–that hope can shine even in the darkest hours, and that faith has a way of making the impossible possible.
The Midwife’s Choice is a wonderful story! Once again, Delia Parr brings Trinity, Pennsylvania, and its residents to life in a captivating tale of faith, family, and friendship.
I love Martha Cade and her work as the community midwife! In this second book of the At Home in Trinity series, Martha is confronted with events that cause her to struggle with the decisions she has made and the life she has chosen. Each twist and turn of the plot drew me deeper into the story, and I reveled in its drama, emotion, and romance.
There are beautiful spiritual threads woven through the story and numerous words of wisdom shared. I made note of several meaningful quotes and passages throughout the book, and the following encapsulates one of the many lessons Martha learns.
“It’s natural for things to change. Even the land changes over time. So do people. They come into our lives and sometimes, sadly, they leave far too soon. But our memories–of our loved ones and our lives together–are ours to keep. Sometimes they fade a bit and we lose little details, or we might even forget whole incidents. Until something prompts us to remember. But the goodness, the warmth, the love our memories contain–that’s what will always stay in our hearts so we can carry our memories wherever we go. And there’s always room to add more.”
I thoroughly enjoyed The Midwife’s Choice and can’t wait to revisit these beloved characters again in The Midwife’s Dilemma!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
About the author:
Delia is the author of fifteen historical novels who now devotes herself to writing inspirational historical romance. The mother of three grown children, she is a full-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey who spends her summers writing on Anna Maria Island in Florida.