Amish midwife Sarah Mast moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. But her aging aunt can no longer run the birthing center, leaving most of the responsibility to Sarah. Among those skeptical of Sarah's ability is neighbor Aaron Miller, who seems drawn to Sarah but pulls away when his own sister requests her services. And when a criminal complaint is filed against Sarah, she must pray for strength to defend her practice and win acceptance from the community she loves.
An Amish midwife hopes to earn her community's trust and bring the joy of new life to Pleasant Valley in the third novel in this heartfelt series.
After years in a disappointing childless marriage, and now widowed at only twenty-six, Amish midwife Sarah Mast moves to Pleasant Valley for a fresh start. But unpleasant surprises beset Sarah when she joins her aging aunts dwindling midwife practice. Signs of her aunts decline suggest that she may no longer be capable of the rigorous demands of her work. With Sarahs last dollar now invested in the birthing center, can she help her aunt face the truth and run the center alone?
Aaron Miller, Sarahs neighbor, counts himself among the skeptics until he witnesses the dedication and love she has for her patients. But when an English doctor files a complaint against Sarah, Aarons misgivings resurfacejust as his own sister faces a birthing crisis.
In the midst of such tribulations, Sarah prays for the strength to defend her practice, care for her patients, and win the hearts of the community she has grown to love.
A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People who add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than fifty inspirational romance novels, including the Pleasant Valley series and the Keepers of the Promise trilogy. She lives with her husband in a century-old farmhouse.
Perry (Leah's Choice) offers another story set in the Amish country of Pleasant Valley, Pa. The widowed Sarah Mast is a midwife who moves to Pleasant Valley to join her Aunt Emma's midwife practice. Sarah invests money to expand the practice as signs of her aunt's declining health emerge. Carpenter Aaron Miller agrees reluctantly to do the work; his mother had died in childbirth 16 years earlier, attended by Emma. Just as reluctantly, he finds himself drawn to the even-tempered new midwife. The only one who isn't impressed by her is Englisch doctor Thomas Mitchell, who takes legal action against what he contends is the unlicensed practice of medicine. Perry's narrative keeps a nice pace as things develop credibly if somewhat repetitively between Aaron and Sarah; the legal challenge makes for more than merely romantic tension. Minor characters are also clearly sketched and differentiated. This is a competent addition to the booming genre. (Mar.)Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.
Praise for the Novels of Marta Perry
"What a joy it is to read Marta Perry's novels!...everything a reader could wantstrong, well-defined characters, beautiful, realistic settings, and a thought-provoking plot. Readers of Amish fiction will surely be waiting anxiously for her next book."Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters of the Heart series
"A born storyteller, Marta Perry skillfully weaves the past and present in this heart-stirring tale of love and forgiveness."Susan Meissner, author of Secrets of a Charmed Life
"Sure to appeal to fans of Beverly Lewis."Library Journal
"Perry carefully balances the traditional life of the Amish with the contemporary world in an accessible, intriguing fashion."Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Perry crafts characters with compassion, yet with insecurities that make them relatable."RT Book Reviews
"[Perry] has once again captured my heart with the gentle wisdom and heartfelt faith of the Amish community."Fresh Fiction