The Midwife of Hope River

The Midwife of Hope River

Book - 2012
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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.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062198891
Branch Call Number: FICTION Harman Patricia 09/2012
Characteristics: 382, 8 p. ;,21 cm.


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Nov 04, 2016

I enjoyed this book and the details of the life of a midwife.

Feb 03, 2014

I really enjoyed this book though it may not appeal of you haven't been through birth yourself. Very enjoyable, even if the end left us wanting to find out more!

Jan 24, 2014

Too sad for me. There were some loose ends left at the end of the story.

Sep 03, 2013

thoroughly enjoyed the midwife of Hope river.. It had me on the first page, I read it so fast I was disappointed when it was finished. Totally fell in love with Patience and Lizbeth and I felt every heartbreak they experienced.Will be reading it again soon. It was such a releif to find this book as I had been on a loosing streak for what seemed like a long long time as I kept striking out and not finding any books that could keep my interest going.

Aug 17, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is filled with bits of history, folk medicine, and the people living during the Great Depression in mining-towns W Virginia. Patience's/Lizbeth's life story gradually unfolds, as does her current life as a courageous and feeling person and midwife. You will not want to put this book down until you finish it.

libbuff Feb 05, 2013

I really liked this book. I don't know if men would like it, but I enjoyed it so much I read it twice through! Patience and Bitsy are terrific characters. I loved the descriptions of the countryside, as well as the characters. I learned a lot about home births, also...... the author is a midwife herself.


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siammarino Dec 26, 2013

Lizbeth is a midwife in a rural part of West Virginia after World War I. Loved this book because of the way it highlights not only Libeth's courage, but the courage of all the women whose babies she delivers.


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