Friday, February 27, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

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?

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by St. Martin's Press 
borrowed from library
*** - I liked it

This is Sally Hepworth's debut, I love debuts it's no secret.

Each chapter alternated between Neva, Grace and Floss as each of these ladies share their story.  I liked the premise of this book, it intrigued me, add in the unknown, the secrets and it had the makings of an entertaining book.  A relatively fast read with only 320 pages I was able to finish in a matter of days.  Though  I liked the story I was aching for more, I would have loved for more depth to Neva, Grace and Floss's character.   The story of Floss was the one that interested me the most and I would have loved to read more about her journey to America.

The way the author portrayed Midwifery especially with the conflict between doctors was spot on and I liked the realism there.  The passion these ladies had for their jobs was evident and the authors knowledge showed too.

At times a little rushed and predictable but all in all a solid debut and definitely an author I will read again.



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