Feb 122015
 
Review: The Secrets of MidwivesThe Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
Published by St. Martin's Press on Feb 10, 2015
Genres: Adult, Contemporary
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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Rating: four-stars

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?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This was a very emotional story about 3 generations of midwives. Neva has just announced she is pregnant and won’t say who the father is, while her mother Grace struggles to accept the news, her grandmother Floss is reminded of her own story.

I found that I quite liked both Neva and Floss, but could barely stand Grace. Grace just seemed too selfish and flakey. Neva was a strong modern woman, and I loved the way her story flowed. Floss had quite the secret in her past, and while it was fairly easy to guess early on, the actual story was very well told.

The midwifery parts of the story felt very professional and well researched, both the present and remembered parts. It was interesting to see the differences and similarities between the two time periods portrayed. It really makes you see that while our amenities and surroundings may change, at heart, people are pretty much the same.

Overall, this was a delightful story that I quite enjoyed. The focus on family and love was heartwarming, even if there were painful secrets and situations. This was a powerful story that will stay with me for a while.

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