Review: The Secret of Midwives by Sally Hepworth @sallyhepworth @stmartinspress #bookreview #bookblog

Goodreads Blurb

A novel about three generations of midwives (a woman, her mother, and her grandmother) and the secrets they keep that push them apart and ultimately bind them together

THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world—and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

My Review

What a wonderful story *sigh*.  And, for once, it had an ending that I adored! I absolutely loved it; felt natural, not rushed, and not cliche’. Bravo Sally, you won me over by the ending and it was only natural to award that final star.  Where do I start? Loved each and every character in this story (even Marion :p), I’ve come to really enjoy separate chapters for characters because it really gives us readers a chance to bond with the characters. Of course this could also be a disaster if it wasn’t done properly, say if there was a written vomit of too much backstory or the like about that character.  But it was such a pleasure to read each character. Learning their personality traits and thought processes.  There were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, provoking the much desired verbal responses, “Oh wow!”, “What the F-“, “Get out of town.” Those are the best storied, when you’re so wrapped up in the characters lives, that you’re reacting as if you’re living the story with them. I held my breath with Grace’s drama, I’m a rule follower, so can’t say I felt at all comfortable with her actions, but I really loved being in the moments where all three were delivering babies.  The description was excellent.  I actually can’t even think about anything critical to say about this one. I enjoyed it enough the breeze through it and not want it to end! Bummed I’ve almost read all of Sally’s books now, I’m definitely a fan.

I rated The Secret of Midwives: 5/5 stars.

Happy Reading

Nat

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