Tuesday, February 2, 2016
The Mountain Midwife- Laurie Alice Eakes
Description: Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.
Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.
Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?
My Thoughts: I have seen a lot of other great reviews of this story and I have to say that I agree with these... for the most part. The story starts off wonderfully, with an exciting incident that drives the story on, and a look at what it means to help those who need you. I was fully engaged and excited about this story until about halfway in.
Toward the middle of the story, certain things started to take place that just did not add up. I wish I could explain just what confused me, but unfortunately I tried to explain it to my mother and ended up having to just read her the passage for her to understand. By this point I had also figured out how the story would end and had to push myself to finish it.
The last half of the book seemed to me to read much the same as the first. Ashley would help her patients, Hunter would ask for her help and then make excuses to not go through with his intent of finding his birth mother. In the end, the answers he found seemed to contradict certain information from the beginning of the story.
The Mountain Midwife was not wholly upsetting, I still enjoyed it at times and I can tell by the writing that Eakes is talented. There is great potential for others to really like this book as well, however I found parts of it to be contradictory and for that reason did not enjoy it as well as I would have liked.
I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.