Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Review: The Midwife by:Jolina Petersheim
About the Book:
Since the day Rhoda Mummau was baptized into the Old Order Mennonite Church and became the head midwife of Hopen Haus, she’s been torn between the needs of the unwed mothers under her care and her desire to conceal the secrets of her past. Contact with the outside world could provide medical advantages, but remaining secluded in the community gives her the anonymity she craves.
Graduate student Beth Winslow is on a path she never would have chosen. Heartbroken after surrendering a baby to adoption, she devotes herself to her studies until she becomes pregnant again, this time as a surrogate. But when early tests indicate possible abnormalities, Beth is unprepared for the parents’ decision to end the pregnancy—and for the fierce love she feels for this unborn child. Desperate, she flees the city and seeks refuge at Hopen House.
Past and present collide when a young woman named Amelia arrives to the sweeping countryside bearing secrets of her own. As Amelia’s due date draws near, Rhoda must face her past and those she thought she had left behind in order for the healing power of love and forgiveness to set them all free.
About the Author:
Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. She holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands, and her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications.
Her blog is syndicated with The Tennessean's "On Nashville" blog roll, and she also blogs weekly with four other bestselling novelists at Southern Belle View. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Follow Jolina and her blog at jolinapetersheim.com.
As a woman, we all have an instinct in us to mother a child. That doesn't mean we want to or that if we do that it will be easy. It just means he put that undeniable, unquenching, unconditional love somewhere deep inside us. As the mother of four children, I could never imagine my life without my "babies", they are what make me, well me. They are the reason for my place on this earth and hopefully with me trying to put myself and more into them they will add to this world instead of take away from it.
The Midwife, takes the lives of three different women and mixes&melds them together to create a fantastic story line of motherly love and chance knitted together with God's grace. Each woman had somewhat hard choices to make in their lives and we were able to watch it all as it played out. The author was able to keep the flow of the story going and I enjoyed reading about these women doing what they feel they needed to do. Just like we as women tend to do----we do what it takes to get the job done.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Tyndale Blog Network.