Martha Cade is a midwife in the town of Trinity in 1830s Pennsylvania. In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, Martha tries to balance her life’s calling with the demands of her family. Recently reunited with her estranged seventeen-year-old daughter, Martha finds herself torn between guiding her child and allowing her to be an adult. And the town of Trinity itself is fraught with secrets: as a midwife, Martha knows which families are troubled, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands have crossed the line from discipline to abuse… As Martha struggles with the conflicts of being a mother, a midwife, and a woman, she learns the greatest lessons of all–that hope can shine even in the darkest hours, and that faith has a way of making the impossible possible.
I really like Delia Paar’s books and this one was one of my favorites by her. I love the town of Trinity and the strong sense of community.
Martha Cade is a midwife in this delightful town in the 1830’s. Times were pretty tough for her, but she was pretty tough herself.
Victoria, Grace’s daughter has returned home and it’s not quite the homecoming that Grace had anticipated, but at least she knows that Victoria is safe. The relationship between Thomas and Martha is so very sweet.
There are secondary characters that will steal your heart, too. The way the town rallies around a young woman that’s been treated badly was heartwarming.
The strong faith and friendships that Ms. Parr has created in her characters are believable and a joy to read.
This is a definite 5 star book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.