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The Mountain Midwife

26263488For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.

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?

**I received a copy of this book as part of the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

 

4 Stars

 

Every once in awhile, I have a chance to review a book that I probably wouldn’t normally choose for myself. I’m pleased to say, that in the case of Laurie Alice Eakes’s latest novel, The Mountain Midwife, I was drawn in and enjoyed the story quite a bit.

First of all, it’s been my experience that books centered around midwives tend to, well, get a bit detailed for what I like to read in my books. As a general rule, that was not the case with this book at all. While the main character, Ashley Tolliver, is a midwife and this plays a large role in the story, there is a lot more to the plot. And those few birthing scenes, are quite relevant–especially the very dramatic first one. To be very honest, that first scene had me very curious about what would happen in this book.

I found this story to have plenty of unexpected moments that kept the plot interesting. It also had a number of complex relationships that played out on the page and felt quite authentic. However, while Hunter’s transition through the book was quite real and his story felt quite lifelike, I felt like Ashley’s was a bit more flat and she came to grips with certain decisions very quickly.

By the end of the book, I was glad to have the chance to read it. And it may have just made me a bit more open-minded to her books concerning midwives.

About the Author:

Laurie Alice Eakes“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.

After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet–they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.

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