Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Midwife Of Hope River | Patricia Harman | Book Review

The Midwife Of Hope River
by Patricia Harman

As a midwife working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience Murphy's only solace is her gift: the chance to escort mothers through the challenges of childbirth. Just beginning, she takes on the jobs no one else wants: those most in need--and least likely to pay. Patience is willing to do what it takes to fulfill her mentor's wishes, but starting a midwife practice means gaining trust, and Patience's secrets are too fragile to let anyone in.

The Midwife Of Hope River is, by far, one of the best books I have read this year! Harman's prose is incredible, full of rich imagery and poignant moments that will bring tears to your eyes and a smile to your lips. I have long been interested in birth work, and this moving story really cemented that desire in my heart.

Patricia Harman, CNM, has published in The Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health and The Journal of Sigma Theta Tau for Nursing Scholarship as well as alternative publications. She is a regular presenter at national midwifery conferences. Harman got her start as a lay-midwife on the rural communes where she lived in the '60s and '70s, going on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculty of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She lives and works near Morgantown, West Virginia, and has three sons. Read more about Patricia Harman.

You can connect with Patricia through her website, and on Facebook and Twitter. Read what other bloggers are saying about The Midwife Of Hope River here. Patricia is also on a physical book tour right now! Check out her tour dates and locations here to see if you might be able to meet her in person.

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