Laurie Alice Eakes is a great storyteller. She places trouble after trouble in Tabitha's path to be allowed to follow the occupation of her mother and grandmother. She has heard secrets from mothers-to-be in the pain of delivering a child. Tabitha has never revealed those secrets. She could use some of these secrets to shame men sitting on the town council that reviews her case for continuing to be a midwife. Will she do that or risk being run out of town?. Then there's Dominick and a former beau that has re-entered her life that she must consider for her future. Strong characterization and setting description. A page turner.
I was very interested in learning about the role of mid-wives in our early culture. The historical theme of rivalry between the new American country and England after the Revolution was utilized in a most unique manner in this book; the love story that is woven throughout this narrative was moving, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel!