The Midwife

The Midwife

Large Print - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine :, Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning,, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410473998
1410473996
Characteristics: 467 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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DorisWaggoner
Oct 10, 2015

My take on Christianity is very different from this. But that's not why I couldn't finish this book. I do often like the Amish/Mennonite series based in Lancaster Co. PA. It's not the secrets either, because Beth's secrets are only human. She just doesn't seem real to me, as Beth or as Rhoda. It doesn't make sense to me that she'd let the handyman stay. Nothing in the plot adds up. Rhoda doesn't appear to have any compassion for the few young women who show up on her doorstep. I read double the pages Nancy Pearl's age-based formula said I should (if you're over 50, 100 pages minus your age) before deciding I had much better books waiting in my to-be-read stack, and gave up. Cardboard characters and a totally gloomy outlook just didn't do anything for me. Other readers might disagree, and find some redemption in the part of the book I didn't get to.

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