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|Publication Date: 2015|
Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and FamilyCindy Woodsmall, Emily Clark, Amanda Flower,, Katie Ganshert, Amanda FlowerWaterBrook / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 20 Reviews
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In the Father's Arms: An Amish Cradle Novella - eBookBeth WisemanThomas Nelson / 2015 / ePub$0.99
For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tollivers family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.
Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashleys home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before its too late.
Hunter McDermott is on a questto track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originatedsurely she can shed some light on his own family background.
Ashley isnt prepared for the way Hunters entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something morefear of her growing feelings for Hunterthat makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?
Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a masters degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. She now has nearly two dozen books in print. Laurie Alice lives with her husband in Houston, Texas, with sundry lovable dogs and cats.
'Once again, Eakes writes a beautiful novel rich in relationship. [...] Together they, along with the town around them, create a warm and inviting story that keeps readers engaged through the very end.' - 4 starred
'Eakes (Choices of the Heart) brings her historical Midwives inspirational romance series into a present-day setting, introducing Ashley, the latest in a long line of Cherrett/Tolliver midwives Inconsistent in its demonstrations of faith, and rife with exaggerated stereotypes of Appalachian culture, the tale focuses primarily on protagonists heightened sense of self-discovery, more the result of extended inner reflection than the mysteries both are faced with or their budding romantic relationship. '
vickimarie20024 Stars Out Of 5A good suspenseful love story.January 21, 2017vickimarie2002Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I absolutely loved the story but felt like it was rushed at some times. I would have loved it more if there would have been a little more of Ashley being a midwife. It's a romance/thriller and it's a good combination of both.
BethAge: 25-34Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Light, Romantic MysteryOctober 8, 2016BethAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3The Mountain Midwife opens with an engaging scene that pulled me immediately into Ashley Tolivers world that of a midwife for the women of a small Appalachian community. Awakened in the night, the last thing that Ashley expects is an abduction of her patient right after the birth. This light mystery takes off from there, pulling in another mystery of Hunter McDermotts birth mother. Both of these threads intertwine nicely as the story progresses, as well as the growing friendship between Ashley and Hunter.
There is a nice atmosphere found in this story the feel of the small community is fully realized, and I loved the strong sense of heritage that Ashley has for her home. I enjoy when an author gives a character an authentic history that feels real to me, as this one did. The plot also flows nicely. The mystery thread is light and more my speed, since I dont like super scary, crime-based stories.
I felt like some of the ending scenes came across as a little bit anticlimactic. There are also some loose ends that I felt like werent tied up perhaps to leave room for a sequel? I definitely felt like there are secondary characters in this story that could have their own and would be interested in reading those. I was also bummed at how easily things wrapped up for Ashley I thought there would be more of a compromise regarding one big issue in her life. It seemed a bit glossed over, but thats just my opinion. Other readers may not feel that way at all.
The details about midwifery really grabbed my attention; Ashely had such deep roots, and the details about her job held my interest and for anyone worried about there being too much detail, dont be I thought it was enough details to understand the situation and even learn from it, but not more information than was needed. I also thought it was neat how the author made Ashley and her friend Heather a descendant of characters in her historical series about midwives Ive read this first book, and this story actually makes me want to read the other two.
Overall, this is an engaging story, with a lot of compelling elements, and a light mystery at its core - and I hope it's the beginning of a series. These characters have more stories to tell, I'm sure of it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to do a review, and the views expressed here are my own.
MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice EakesApril 2, 2016MrsTinaFrederick, MDAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Mountain Midwife***** by Laurie Alice Eakes
Midwife Ashley Tolliver comes from a long line of midwives in the Appalachian mountain community she lives in. She loves being a midwife but ponders if she should further her medical training to better serve all of the community. As a midwife there is not much she hasn't seen/experiencedor so she thoughtuntil she helps a young woman in a difficult delivery and needs to get the hemorrhaging woman to the hospital immediatelyhowever, the new mother and baby is abducted and must be found before it is too late.
Hunter McDermott gets a strange phone call from someone claiming to be his birth-mother. But is she really or is it some kind of scam? Only one way to find out, track her down and talk to her face to face. Arriving in the Appalachian mountains he learns that the local midwife may be his only hope in finding his birth-mother. So, he seeks out Ashley to help him.
Being a retired RN, I enjoy reading stories with a medical story-line and midwives. I really liked Ashley and Hunter and their story. There are many twists and turns as they embark on their own quests which often times intertwine. Mystery, suspense, danger, family relationships, reconciliation, forgiveness, love and romance and faith are woven together to make this a heartwarming, endearing story.
~I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild Team Challenge, this is my honest review~
Cheryl5 Stars Out Of 5The Mountain MidwifeMarch 25, 2016CherylQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Enjoyed this book. Tells a story of how people sometimes follow the wrong dream.
Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Just plain good reading.March 8, 2016Blooming with BooksBloomer, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Mountain Midwife
By Laura Alice Eakes
Ashley Tolliver is the local midwife, as have generations of Tolliver women. But she has dreams of taking her skills and training to the next level with medical school. But if she leaves who will care for those she leaves behind?
Hunter McDermott thought he knew who he was, until he received a message in his voicemail. An unknown caller claims to be his mother and she needs his help. Suddenly his life as he knew it is in chaos and he is determined to track down the truth. But to find out the truth he needs to find the midwife how delivered him over 30 years ago.
But what he finds is Ashley Tolliver a young woman too young to be who he is searching for. Ashley is on her own search - a young woman, in desperate need of medical attention, has disappeared along with her newborn. Finding this young woman soon is imperative.
But the Appalachians are a dangerous region to venture if you don't know what you are heading into. And neither Ashley nor Hunter fully know just what they are getting themselves into. And venturing into the unknown can be deadly.
It is interesting to compare this book with Laura's previous books about midwives and how the occupation changed over the generations and yet didn't change. There are some many today who are turning to midwives rather than doctors and yet it wasn't that long ago that midwives were the only option.
This is an intriguing book that will be sure to keep you reading and be prepared for some twists that will keep you guessing as to the ultimate outcome. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to anyone in search of a well-written story.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review.