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  1. Hi Nicole,

    You wrote a lovely review. I really enjoyed it. Would love to read the book. Of course, it’s not unusual for you to write a wonderful review. I’m glad to come a visiting up here. I like your blog. Hope you’re having a great Monday. It’s raining here.

  2. Harman was at SIBA this year, a guest speaker actually AT BREAKFAST!!! And she did a reading that was particularly sad and bloody!!! Holy cannelloni. So much for that breakfast sandwich! This is not normally my kind of book, but the author really was a fascinating and earnest speaker. I have to admit that I am tempted to put it in the “read soon” stack.

    • This is one of the few books that I picked up at BEA, and I think I got it because it was in one of the bags, but once I read it a few pages I knew that I wanted to read it. I love her style and writing so much. Glad that I didn’t eat anything when reading!

  3. I remember hearing about this book a month or so ago and thinking it sounded quite good. I think I confused it a bit with the new Call the Midwife show coming to Masterpiece at the end of the month. This sounds good, too, and in a way I like that it lacks dramatic tension. Sometimes, a more meandering sort of book is nice :-)

    • That’s very true, Aarti. I like seeing the tidbits of her story unfold and how it shaped her, but it was nice to not be burning through the book out of such intense curiosity. The story was always very satisfying whenever I had the opportunity to pick it up.

  4. Beth Hoffman

    I always gravitate to books set in Appalachia; it’s so beautiful and mysterious. Terrific review, Nicole!

  5. I’m glad I came across your site with this wonderful review about The Midwife of Hope River. I’ve been wanting to read it, but haven’t come to it yet. After reading your review, it truly awakened my desire going back to the 1930’s and relive a midwife’s journey. Thanks again!

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