Download Epub Format ✓ The Midwife of Hope River PDF by ☆ Patricia Harman One of my FAVORITE books and series, and Patience Murphy is one of my all time favorite characters.
I love stories set in Appalachia, Depression era stories, and stories with characters that are nurses This story has all of those things and is one of the most enjoyable books that I ve ever read, reread, and listened to Patience Murphy is one of the local midwives in Union County, West Virginia, where the economy is terrible and people are desperate She provides one of the most basic and needed services to the people in the area whether they can pay or not Patience helps deliver babies across all socioeconomic classes in the area because women in every class have babies She does not discriminate She is sometimes paid for her services, but sometimes s This novel is American fiction at it s best It consumed me with the first sentence and wouldn t let me go.
In the Appalachian Mountains during the great depression Patience Murphy was a faithful midwife who was devoted to her patients She never turned any one down for lack of money She was frequently paid with a chicken, a quilt, or gratitude With secrets behind her she felt safe hiding out in Western Virginia Patience was passionate as a midwife while she struggled to survive in the poverty stricken area of Hope River, where work was scarce.
The rich characters pulled me into into the stories of this difficult time I felt I was living in this book along with Patience struggling with her heroic devotion to the people of the mines Closing the book I took the memories of this difficult but hopeful and brav Midwife Patience Murphy Has A Gift A Talent For Escorting Mothers Through The Challenges Of Bringing Children Into The World Working In The Hardscrabble Conditions Of Appalachia During The Depression, Patience Takes The Jobs That No One Else Wants, Helping Those Most In Need And Least Likely To Pay She Knows A Successful Midwifery Practice Must Be Built On A Foundation Of Openness And Trust But The Secrets Patience Is Keeping Are Far Too Intimate And Fragile For Her To Ever Let Anyone InHonest, Moving, And Beautifully Detailed, Patricia Harman S The Midwife of Hope River Rings With Authenticity As Patience Faces Nearly Insurmountable Difficulties From The Dangerous Mines Of West Virginia To The Terrifying Attentions Of The Ku Klux Klan, Patience Must Strive To Bring New Light And Life Into An Otherwise Hard World The birth stories are interesting and realistic as you would expect since the author is an experienced midwife However, those events are the only reason I finished this book The story was ruined for me because of the way the author has the main character, midwife Patience Murphy, spout off all of today s politically correct views on race relations, lesbianism, and women s rights, etc This not only takes away from the believability a woman in 1930 may have recognized and worked to overcome prejudices, but would not have been shocked by them it makes Patience self righteous and judgmental of the people in her community I am not a fan of the popular practice of inserting 21st century sensibilities into historical fiction.
Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.
An eventful life has brought Patience Murphy to a rural backwater in 1930s West Virginia where she works as a midwife, at first a fairly inexperienced unknown but gradually gaining the respect and friendship of the community With the Great Depression causing poverty all around her, she is increasingly called upon for difficult births because the families cannot afford a doctor or hospital, and her skills are put to the test She develops a relationship of mutual aid deepening into attraction with the local veterinarian, and finds a friend when she reluctantly takes in a young colored woman who proves to be an intelligent and resourceful partner.
I was sucked into this story very quickly by the birth stories, which con I read this book in the wake of a book I really disliked, and therefore was inclined to give it a pass Upon a few days reflection, however, it really doesn t hold up all that well some spoilers below My main impetus for reading is discovering new characters It s what drives a book for me Lizbeth Patience is not a character with whom I could sympathize I do not believe that such a person could ever exist She was preposterous, truly a most interesting woman in the world She was in the circles of Mother Jones, but had to run to the isolation of Depression era West Virginia She was a flapper and a chorus girl and a wet nurse and the most successful midwife ever to wear the title She was such a selfish, narcissistic, unrealistically actualized person She was touted as such a powerful, strong woman, but never gave the credit to those responsible for I loved every page of this book I was drawn in from the first page to the descriptive imagery of Depression Era Appalachia This was a very hard novel to put down Patience is strong, yet vulnerable She is brave, yet fearful of her past catching up with her Her lack of prejudice and openness make her different from her neighbors in West Virginia Many of them view her with mistrust, yet they need her in a community where the only doctor refuses to help black people or poor people.
It wasn t just the midwife aspect that made this book appealing The everyday life of two women Patience and Bitsy a young black woman making their way in rural Appalachia makes this book a page turner There is so muchto this book than just the midwife aspe I wish I could give this book MORE than five stars It s gorgeous and heartbreaking The writing is beautiful Prickly Patience Murphy, who is bumbling along delivering babies in West Virginia, is drawn so perfectly she is both flawed and likable, admitting her insecurities but taking charge when she has to in spite of them The book has just the right combination of heart and drama Trigger alert there are so many touching scenes in this book both happy and sad that I don t think you can get through it without crying Looking forward now to reading Patricia Harman s two memoirs.
the perfect novel to read during Autumn and Winter, The Midwife of Hope River, celebrates life, friendship, love and community Get your hot cocoa, marshmallows and blanket together and prepare to sit for long periods of time as you enjoy this page turner that you ll dread finishing Imagine the time, an era of the Great Depression, where hope seemed lost with each passing season, each day feeling dark and troublesome on Hope River Hope River is on the Appalachia Mountain in Union County, West Virginia, where you will surprisingly find a lot of diversity miners, travelers seeking work, business owners, physicians, ministers and their families make up this community The time is filled with racism, discrimination, many laws that divide us A time where little work is offered, therefore many babies are con This book tells the story of Patience, a depression era West Virginia midwife with a dark past Patience is self sufficient and isolated from her community, but as she reaches out to others through her practice, she is knit to her community through shared sorrow and joy This novel attempts to celebrate our shared humanity, through love, loss, and the intense act of giving birth to a child Unfortunately, this beautiful and uplifting theme fell flat for me because I was never emotionally engrossed in the book.
Honestly, I never felt strongly connected to the main character Patience s sordid backstory involves her meeting an extraordinary amount of historical labor leaders It is completely over the top, and presented in such a matter of f