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{Download Kindle} ¿ The Midwife of Hope River: A Novel of an American Midwife ô Midwife Patience Murphy has a gift a talent for escorting mothers through the challenges of bringing children into the world Working in the hardscrabble conditions of Appalachia during the Depression, Patience takes the jobs that no one else wants, helping those most in need and least likely to pay She knows a successful midwifery practice must be built on a foundation of openness and trust but the secrets Patience is keeping are far too intimate and fragile for her to ever let anyone inHonest, moving, and beautifully detailed, Patricia Harman s The Midwife of Hope River rings with authenticity as Patience faces nearly insurmountable difficulties From the dangerous mines of West Virginia to the terrifying attentions of the Ku Klux Klan, Patience must strive to bring new light and life into an otherwise hard world I wish I could give this book MORE than five stars It s gorgeous and heartbreaking The writing is beautiful Prickly Patience Murphy, who is bumbling along delivering babies in West Virginia, is drawn so perfectly she is both flawed and likable, admitting her insecurities but taking charge when she has to in spite of them The book has just the right combination of heart and drama Trigger alert there are so many touching scenes in this book both happy and sad that I don t think you can ge I wish I could give this book MORE than five stars It s gorgeous and heartbreaking The writing is beautiful Prickly Patience Murphy, who is bumbling along delivering babies in West Virginia, is drawn so perfectly she is both flawed and likable, admitting her insecurities but taking charge when she has to in spite of them The book has just the right combination of heart and drama Trigger alert there are so many touching scenes in this book both happy and sad that I don t think you can get through it without crying Looking forward now to reading Patricia Harman s two memoirs This book is really two stories wrapped in one First we have the story of Patience, the midwife of Hope River, who is almost entirely disconnected from the community she lives in, despite being one of the most integral people in town She attends births, but usually has little to no relationship to the mother Despite this handicap, she repeatedly is able, in the matter of minutes, to size up the personalities of the people involved, calm the situation down, deliver the baby, and in one case, e This book is really two stories wrapped in one First we have the story of Patience, the midwife of Hope River, who is almost entirely disconnected from the community she lives in, despite being one of the most integral people in town She attends births, but usually has little to no relationship to the mother Despite this handicap, she repeatedly is able, in the matter of minutes, to size up the personalities of the people involved, calm the situation down, deliver the baby, and in one case, even convince a reluctant mother that she does, indeed, want to be a mother The birth stories are lacking real human connection and warmth as a result of Patience s disconnection from her community These birth stories were what I really hoped to enjoy, but they were clinical and dumbed down to the point that I really didn t get the pleasure I expected It s also the story of her past life, which is amazing and improbable and ridiculous Every time she almost connects to the people in her present, this past life intrudes and we re back to the glory days where she was spending her nights fighting the man and rubbing elbows with such notables as Mother Jones and W.E.B DuBois If there is a police car, she seems to forget the current situation even when it s as dramatic as a mine explosion thinking that the fuzz are finally on to her for her 10 year old crimes Both of these stories are very interesting, and could have made a good book or half of a book alone However, the way that they are woven together ended up slighting both stories Patience is so wrapped up in herself, and her past life, that she simply misses out on what is happening right in front of her face Every joy and every sorrow that Patience sees is reflected in her own joys and losses of years past Patience is strangely naive for someone who has lived as much life as she has While everyone grieves differently, the way she mourns losses doesn t seem authentic at all Patience does do some growing by the end of the book, but it s too little too late The real humanity of the stories, the WHY behind all of the struggles and midwifery, is lost in the telling The book left me cold, which is the opposite of what I was expecting I went in with expectations for a book with joys and sorrows I was not expecting a deep, intellectual read, so there I was right But I did expect it to be emotionally stimulating and gratifying, and in that respect I was sorely disappointed.ETA I recently read Peggy Vincent s Baby Catcher It is a wonderful, life affirming book of baby stories that I enjoyed thoroughly I recommend it as a satisfying alternative to this disappointing book the perfect novel to read during Autumn and Winter, The Midwife of Hope River, celebrates life, friendship, love and community Get your hot cocoa, marshmallows and blanket together and prepare to sit for long periods of time as you enjoy this page turner that you ll dread finishing Imagine the time, an era of the Great Depression, where hope seemed lost with each passing season, each day feeling dark and troublesome on Hope River Hope River is on the Appalachia Mountain in Union County, We the perfect novel to read during Autumn and Winter, The Midwife of Hope River, celebrates life, friendship, love and community Get your hot cocoa, marshmallows and blanket together and prepare to sit for long periods of time as you enjoy this page turner that you ll dread finishing Imagine the time, an era of the Great Depression, where hope seemed lost with each passing season, each day feeling dark and troublesome on Hope River Hope River is on the Appalachia Mountain in Union County, West Virginia, where you will surprisingly find a lot of diversity miners, travelers seeking work, business owners, physicians, ministers and their families make up this community The time is filled with racism, discrimination, many laws that divide us A time where little work is offered, therefore many babies are conceived A time before ultrasounds and technology, where hospitals are able to turn you around if you aren t able to take care of the bill first and a time where doctors could turn you around because of the color of your skin is the setting for The Midwife of Hope River In this novel, you will see the beauty of life bringing a community of people together despite their differences and the chaos surrounding them.New to the community, certified midwife, Patience Murphy formally Elizabeth Snyder has traveled a journey filled with sadness, loss and trouble She now finds herself moving from the city to this rural area wanted by the law With guilt on her heart and mind, she gives endlessly to this community with no expectations of anything in return Patience does not turn away a birth even when she regrets it later She attends the births of the affluent, the poor, black, white, homeless, Amish, Christian, non believers Each birth is celebrated uniquely, yet beautifully In giving birth, many lessons on life are learned with each birth report she writes Occasionally reminiscing about the past she left behind, standing up for those things she s most passionate about life, social equality and her new friends With this new leaf on life, her new help and dear friend, Bitsy, a courageous black, intelligent woman with dreams of her own, they become a team in Hope River Patience brings to Bitsy a home and work that she learns naturally, while Bitsy brings to Patience, a sense of what she endures as a black woman, family, warmth and together they embrace a beautiful friendship learning from each other They both find healing in love, life and laughter in odd places With each birth, you will feel that you are right there in the room with every detail given This is no surprise since the author, Patricia Harman, served as a Midwife for several years passionately delivering life into this world, never losing a patient alongside her husband who s a gynecologist and retired obstetrician The author has been committed to service herself throughout her life as an activist and teacher She brings life to Patience Murphy and Bitsy for each reader to love and enjoy in this beautifully written fiction As it deals with Life, death and the beautiful mess in between, The Midwife of Hope River, will make you laugh as well as cry dream and think as this beautiful and powerful story unfolds The eye opening story it is, The Midwife of Hope River, inspires with amazing details from the past and a hope for the future as it brings into full circle, life, even in loss, while cherishing the greater good in all of humanity This book tells the story of Patience, a depression era West Virginia midwife with a dark past Patience is self sufficient and isolated from her community, but as she reaches out to others through her practice, she is knit to her community through shared sorrow and joy This novel attempts to celebrate our shared humanity, through love, loss, and the intense act of giving birth to a child Unfortunately, this beautiful and uplifting theme fell flat for me because I was never emotionally engross This book tells the story of Patience, a depression era West Virginia midwife with a dark past Patience is self sufficient and isolated from her community, but as she reaches out to others through her practice, she is knit to her community through shared sorrow and joy This novel attempts to celebrate our shared humanity, through love, loss, and the intense act of giving birth to a child Unfortunately, this beautiful and uplifting theme fell flat for me because I was never emotionally engrossed in the book.Honestly, I never felt strongly connected to the main character Patience s sordid backstory involves her meeting an extraordinary amount of historical labor leaders It is completely over the top, and presented in such a matter of fact tone that it becomes absurd She also seems to have a complete factual knowledge of every single historical event, illness, and personage that she encounters This seems incongruous with the information she would have had access to at the time, and the way she constantly rattles off these facts to the reader feels like a Wikipedia article about the early 20th century labor movement The setting is interesting at times, but the book failed to impart to me a strong sense of time and place Patience thinks, speaks and acts exactly like a modern observer would, betraying no idiosyncrasies which would place her in 1930 She is essentially us, the readers, thrown into the depression and baffled by the injustice that we find there It made me feel detached from the world of the characters.The most genuine and engrossing parts of the book are the birth scenes, which paint a rich portrait of the joy and pain of creating new life It was these fascinating scenes, coupled with my keen interest in the history of childbirth, that held my interest in the book As a piece of historical fiction, I found it lacking, but I would recommend it for those who are very interested in midwifery, and looking for an uplifting read