The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers.
Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature. This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize.
While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed reading this book. Eakes’ writing is squeaky clean and the faith element is consistent. There are two points of view which sometimes alternate, and sometimes overlap, working well together in telling the story. I identified with both of them, and they stayed with me after finishing the book.
One criteria upon which I judge a book is whether there are quotable phrases within its pages. This book had several, for example this description of Heather on page 210:
“.. and one could have landed a spaceship in the circles beneath her eyes.”
The writing in Mountain Midwife is largely conversational and internal thoughts, which could show more depth or layering in the story, though the theme was consistent throughout. There is a moment of self-realization for Ashley, which, though I am decades older than she, I identified with and learned from.
Though there were a small number of technical questions or criticisms, I really liked this book. Well done, Laurie! I love the way the book ended, much as each chapter, with enough left hanging to make the reader want to keep reading!
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