Title: The Midwife’s Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1)
Author: Delia Parr
My rating is 4 stars
The main character is woman named Martha Cade a midwife practicing in the town called Trinity. Martha lives in a room attached to the tavern her brother owns and operated with his family which allows her to answer calls for help at all hours, while her brother watches her daughter Victoria. Then one night she gets note that her daughter has run away, even though she is an adult Martha cannot help but feel shame and confusion in response to these turn of events.
The tension is very palpable in the small town for reasons like gossip which spreads like a fire, or those who call a physician when babies are coming sometimes whose actions are harmful. Some of the tension is from the view of Doctors doing more harm than good while Midwifery is looked upon as ancient practices at best. The way Martha is embroiled in the towns gossip mill, looked upon with distain by women whom she has befriended more so when she stands up for a man who is supposed to be a man of the faith. As personal property is being stolen the town looks at the Reverend and his orphaned boys with suspicion without proof hardly anyone wants the boys to come into town.
The author does a splendid job of creating characters that are very life like with their actions that tells readers more about who they really are whether others are watching or listening to the gossip mill. I loved learning about the practice of midwifery and using herbs to help with healing. The story paints scene in the audiences mind with what appears to be such ease. Faith is a thread woven throughout the tale from beginning to end as we read about characters internal thought or how the community of believers treats others.
I look forward to the next installment to come in the At Home in Trinity series and the various fictional inhabitants we are first introduced to in The Midwife’s Tale. Hope you enjoy as much as I did the novel that shares history, faith, and romance in a wonderful mix that captures the heart of anyone who dares to travel to Trinity in their imagination!
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