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The Midwife’s Dilemma #3, At Home in Trinity, by Delia Parr
Things are changing for midwife Martha Cade, whether she’s ready or not. Her beloved horse, Grace, has passed away. The man she has every intention of marrying has still not returned to town after escorting her sisters back east. Martha is beginning to wonder if she should hand over her midwife practice to someone younger. Life has become quite a dilemma for midwife Martha Cade!
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Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Series: At Home in Trinity
Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger. Even her beloved town of Trinity is changing.
The 1830s Pennsylvania town, having mushroomed in size and population, is becoming an important agricultural and economic center for the region, and soon a canal will connect it even more to the outside world.
It is a season that will set the course for the rest of her life. Martha will need every ounce of confidence, courage, and faith she possesses to overcome the obstacles that will make her life far more challenging and difficult than she can dare to imagine.
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great taleJune 5, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The whole At Home in Trinity series is a wonderful story about a young widow raising two children on her own, being a midwife and then as her children become grown enters a new season of her life. As the final novel is here the hard part was reading the book knowing it was the end of the series I thoroughly enjoyed. The author does an outstanding job of showing how as our children grow and we grow older sometimes life gets tough and it has blessings too.
For Martha in the final installment her body is now taking longer to gets it strength back when she is out n bad weather and helping many women or children. Martha seems to be fighting the heartache that growing older can bring as people move away from her town, her children marry, and her heart longs for a more peaceful daily life. While Martha has enjoyed the calling she senses that a new season of life for her is on the horizon but giving up her calling proves a difficult task.
There is so much happening in the story I cannot wait for you to read and discover all the nuances of the story line. The characters for me seemed very life like and I hated to see the ending of the series come to fruition. Martha has a very close walk with the Lord though during this season of transition she is truly struggling to believe God or trust Him. For me that is a real wrestling match some women may face as new seasons of life come and go.
It isnt only the change is seasons that was very realistic but the changing landscape of friendships too. Some of them were very hard for Widow Cade and others werent, Martha was a true reflection on even good changes can bring about some melancholy. The ending was fantastic and a real surprise so I wont reveal it to you other than to say it brilliant the away the author wraps up life for characters we know well in the town of Trinity. I wonder where she will take her readers next?
tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Character driven plotMay 31, 2016tmurrellTNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Martha is a midwife in a small town called Trinity. She's being pulled into so many directions. Her daughter is getting older and has no interest in taking over her midwifery practice, so Martha must find someone who can take over for her. Because Martha wants to marry Thomas. He's proposed, but Martha doesn't feel comfortable leaving her mothers without anyone to take her place. A woman hating horse, a wild little boy, an unexpected romance, and new friends are just a few of the things Martha encounters as she tries to transition through the changes.
I hadn't previously read anything by this author. So it was nice to get a chance to try out one of her books. Even though this is book 3 I felt like it worked well as a stand-alone. There were a few things that hinted there might be more to the story, but it didn't detract from the current book. It just made me want to go back and read the first two. The characters were fun and distinguishable. The plot was character driven, but the author did a great job of creating a little drama that helped tell the story. The messages of faith, patience, and love were woven expertly throughout the story, giving it depth and richness. The author did a great job of dealing with the emotions of the characters and making them authentic and relevant. Overall, I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to read more by this author.
I received this book free of charge from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5good endingMay 17, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. It was a good read. Midwife Martha Cade has to decide if she is going to quit being a midwife and marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. Make sure to read the first two in the series to understand everything that is going on. Martha is looking all over for another woman to take over her midwife duties so she can enjoy a life with Thomas. I received this book from Bethany for a fair and honest opinion.
katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Great Summer ReadMay 7, 2016katiespenGreer, SCAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4In Delia Parr's third book in the At Home in Trinity trilogy, midwife Martha Cade is finally forced to make a final decision between her calling or her beloved. Mayor Thomas Dillon has declared his intentions to marry her but is unwilling to wait for very much longer as she searches for someone to take over her responsibilities as a midwife.
Even more changes are in store for Martha as her daughter announces her intentions to marry as well and start a life of her own, and her son returns to present his new family to his mother as well. Can Martha trust God to help her make the adjustments she needs to accept the unexpected twists and turns that life presents?
While I like this series very much, I have to admit that I did not always like Martha Cade, the heroine of our story! She often comes across as obnoxious and prideful and doesn't always seem to learn from her mistakes. I actually enjoyed the other characters much better. Even in the end, she doesn't seem to have learned much from her mistakes.
I think this is a good summer read for someone looking for light reading on vacation.
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5SAD TO SEE THE SERIES ENDApril 24, 2016MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was sad to see this was the last book in the At Home in Trinity series. I have enjoyed all of them. As I read it, I couldnt help but think about when I met Martha in the first book, The Midwifes Tale. It was like thinking back on the life of a friend.
Midwife Cade has faced many changes in the three books. She is a middle aged widow and these new chapters in her life hold true for women even now: children becoming adults, letting go of control in their lives and ours, realizing we cannot keep up our youthful pace, confronting new decisions about the future, and most of all accepting the time of life we are in.
There were moments I became aggravated at the Martha for her overbearing, bossy attitude toward others. Then I realized taking control of situations was just part of her calling as midwife spilling over into other relationships.
I admired her for waiting on Gods guidance in the choices set before her, and I could relate to how much harder those are later in years. A lesson that ran throughout the book was how God provides for us even before the need arises. I experience this in my life as a widow. I continued to enjoy the fascinating facts about medicine and midwifery during that era. Ms. Parrs solid characters and wonderful sense of humor made this another great book. I loved the ending!!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.