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The Midwife's Choice #2 in the At Home in Trinity series by Delia Parr
Martha Cade is a midwife in Trinity, Pennsylvania, with a 17 year old daughter. She tries to keep balance with her career, her family and herself. Having worked with almost every family in town, she knows about the ups and downs in the lives of its people. What lesson will she learn for herself? Will she reopen a heart that has been closed off to love?
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
Series: At Home in Trinity
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In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade tries to balance her life's calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged seventeen-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. At the same time, she must decide whether she'll risk reopening the heart she'd long closed off to love.
Though a small town, Trinity, Pennsylvania, is fraught with secrets, and as a midwife, Martha moves among its people. She knows which homes are filled with light and love, which families have slipped into grief, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands dare to cross lines...As Martha struggles with the conflicts of being a mother, a midwife, and a woman, she learns the greatest lessons of all--that hope can shine even in the darkest hours, and that faith has a way of making the impossible possible.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5good bookJune 5, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The series begins with the first novel titled, The Midwifes Tale where readers are taken back to earlier days when doctors were few and reliance upon midwives was greater. Here continues the story of Widow Martha Cade, practicing her care of women in the town of Trinity. Martha is reunited with her daughter Virginia and has some decisions before her that will impact her future and that of her practice.
Martha is faced with caring for a woman who lost a baby in childbirth only to be in need of more serious care when days later she is brought to the widows place after being beaten by her husband. The women of the town begin to band together as changes take place in laws and people coming or going from Trinity. Plus Thomas the mayor of Trinity is showing quite an interest in Widow Cade and offering her a future that may include a home.
I am really enjoying each novel Delia Parr writes set in the town of Trinity and about being a midwife. I find each story engaging and touching with the themes woven throughout the book. Sometimes I even forget these are fictional books or tales as they seem very lifelike! I look forward to reading book three titled The Midwifes Dilemma and may peek at some of the other books written by Delia!
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5DELIA PARR DID IT AGAIN!February 22, 2016MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I thoroughly enjoyed Delia Parrs 1st book in this series, The Midwifes Tale, and I liked this one even more! Although you definitely want to read the other book, this one can be read as a standalone. Where the first book was exciting this one really steps up the suspense and mystery!
I really like Martha Cade, the main character, a widowed midwife in the mid-1800. She has poured her heart and soul into to profession for many years. At age 42, she is not like most heroines, young and just staring out in life. This makes her even more interesting to me. She is a tough independent woman that has weathered many storms.
Her only daughter who has run away from home in the previous book returns but her homecoming does not have the outcome Martha envisioned. She is living with to elderly sisters over their bakery business. They are very sweet and loving ladies and have taken Martha as part of their family, but the hide a very dark secret. Thomas, an old flame of Marthas who is also widow continues his pursuit of her which causes her to question her past and future.
Her job as a midwife and making her own way has molded Martha into quite a formidable lady. She has a take charge, decisive, my way or the highway attitude. While these are wonderful qualities for bringing new life into the world, and caring for new mothers, they are not so great in personal relationships.
We forget that other eras had many of the same social problems we do, but did not have all the resources we have to deal with them. Solutions relied on the love and commitment of the community. Martha reaches out to help a young woman caught up in domestic abuse, a disabled elderly man, and an orphan. I love the way she has a personal ministry with such love and compassion for others. Her unwavering faith in God and her strong relationship with Him are the foundation that brings her through so much. Sometimes though she tries to use that strength to fight against Gods plan, but she always surrenders and sees the error of her way. As always I enjoy learning more about the practice of midwifery during that time.
This book received this book at no charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.
The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Heartwarming Novel!February 18, 2016The Avid ReaderDunedin, FLAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Midwifes Choice by Delia Parr is the second book in the At Home in Trinity series. Martha Cade (42 and widow) is the midwife to the town of Trinity, Pennsylvania. Martha is a determined, stubborn woman who is very set in her ways (she reminds me of myself). She lives in a room over the confectionary (which is great since she has a penchant for sweets) with Fern and Ivy Lynn. Martha comes home after a difficult birthing case to find her seventeen-year-old daughter, Victoria, has returned home. Victoria had run away with a traveling theatre troupe several months ago, and Martha had been unable to find her (despite her following the troupe). However, Victoria does not wish to stay in Trinity. Victoria wishes to be a writer and has had her first published poem. Will Victoria be able to convince her mother to let her leave again?
Martha delivered Nancy Cliffords stillborn son. This did not cause the babys death, Martha reassured the husband, Russell. The woman claimed she fell walking while carrying wood and landed on her stomach (though she did have a lot of bruises). Martha had no reason to doubt her story until a few days later. The townspeople band together to help Nancy and keep her away from her husband (who is a very determined man). Martha is in for a busy time. She has to deal with her daughter, Nancys situation, Samuels condition has worsened, and Thomas Dillon (he is the town mayor and very much in love with Martha) wants an answer to his question. Read The Midwifes Choice to catch up on the events in Trinity.
The Midwifes Choice is the second book in the At Home in Trinity series and you really do need to read the first book in order to understand everything that is going on in the book. There are many characters and happenings. The author does try to update the reader in The Midwifes Choice, but I think it would be beneficial. The Midwifes Choice is a pleasurable book to read. There are parts where you laugh, cry, and sigh. The book does place a lot of emphasis on prayer and scripture. Faith and prayer are powerful tools (if you believe). The Midwifes Choice has good characters and a lovely setting. I give The Midwifes Choice 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the third book in the At Home in Trinity series.
I received a complimentary copy of The Midwifes Choice from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A rich, fascinating glimpse into the life of a 19th century midwifeJanuary 27, 2016KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Midwife's Choice is the second book in the A Home in Trinity series. I didn't read the first book and will admit to feeling like I missed out on some things when I started reading this one. Not enough to get me lost or confused, the author does a great job of summarizing when needed. But she has whet my appetite so I'll definitely be backtracking and reading The Midwife's Tale soon.
At the age of forty-two, Martha is not a typical heroine. She's hard-headed, opinionated and just a tad controlling. You might even say, set in her ways. But that's par for the course since she holds a unique position in the community. A midwife wields more power than any other woman and has even earned the respect of the menfolk. Her take-charge attitude is necessary in the birthing room but carries over into her personal life with varying degrees of success.
Like with the man who has been gently wooing her -- a childhood sweetheart, now widowed himself. The groundwork for that romance was laid out in The Midwife's Tale, and while there are some sweetly tender moments between Thomas and Martha in The Midwife's Choice, I wouldn't label it historical romance. There is hope by the last page, but a true happily ever after seems destined for book three.
Told strictly from Martha's point of view, this story deals with the changes in her world and the inevitable choices she must make as a result. Riveting stuff. From her struggles to recognize her daughter as a woman to her desire to fix things for friends and patients in need. Her heart is in the right place, but sometimes she is blinded by her own opinion.
Loved the bevy of memorable female secondary characters. A true sisterhood in the midst of a sobering subplot about wife abuse. Parr has done an exceptional job of staying true to the time period (which is infuriating at times) but brings around a satisfying resolution in the end that left me both exhilarated and giddy. Clever, clever women.
A rich, fascinating glimpse into the life of a 19th century midwife.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. in exchange for my honest review.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A simpler way of life doesn't mean easier...January 25, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Midwife's Choice
At Home in Trinity #2
By Delia Parr
Martha Cade serves the women of Trinity, Pennsylvania, but sometimes there are some things that are beyond her skills. But change is coming as the new doctor's practice continues to grow and people begin to turn to him for some of their needs. All the while Martha is dealing with her feelings concerning her daughter Victoria and the her decision to leave home. When does one let one's child go? Martha and Victoria must come to an understanding if they ever hope to mend the tears that have affected their relationship.
But occasionally there is a need that calls for help from others and Martha has just come upon a case where she needs help not only from Doctor McMillan but also Mayor Thomas Dillon and the Lynn sisters - Fern and Ivy. How far does one go to save a life that is in danger? This is a crisis that will show Martha just where she fits into the community of Trinity and the strength of her friendships.
This is the second book in the At Home in Trinity series and though the main story is wrapped up in this book there are hints at what is to come for Martha. A second chance at love. A restored relationship with her daughter. New friendships. The possibilities are endless as one awaits the next book in the series.
Those who enjoy historical fiction will find much to capture their attention in this book. There is romance, danger, conflict, and a bit of subterfuge. Set in 1831 Martha is a woman forced to make her own way while trying to make a home for her family - like many today Martha struggles to find a way to balance her life and its demands.
I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.