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by Delia Parr

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Title: The Midwife’s Choice (At Home in Trinity #2)
Author: Delia Parr
Pages: 336
Year: 2015
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My rating is 5 stars.
The series begins with the first novel titled, The Midwife’s Tale where readers are taken back to earlier days when doctors were few and reliance upon midwives was greater. Here continues the story of Widow Martha Cade, practicing her care of women in the town of Trinity. Martha is reunited with her daughter Virginia and has some decisions before her that will impact her future and that of her practice.
Martha is faced with caring for a woman who lost a baby in childbirth only to be in need of more serious care when days later she is brought to the widow’s place after being beaten by her husband. The women of the town begin to band together as changes take place in laws and people coming or going from Trinity. Plus Thomas the mayor of Trinity is showing quite an interest in Widow Cade and offering her a future that may include a home.
I am really enjoying each novel Delia Parr writes set in the town of Trinity and about being a midwife. I find each story engaging and touching with the themes woven throughout the book. Sometimes I even forget these are fictional books or tales as they seem very lifelike! I look forward to reading book three titled The Midwife’s Dilemma and may peek at some of the other books written by Delia!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” ( )
  lcjohnson1988 | Jun 5, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Delia Parr’s 1st book in this series, The Midwife’s Tale, and I liked this one even more! Although you definitely want to read the other book, this one can be read as a standalone. Where the first book was exciting this one really steps up the suspense and mystery!
I really like Martha Cade, the main character, a widowed midwife in the mid-1800. She has poured her heart and soul into to profession for many years. At age 42, she is not like most heroines, young and just staring out in life. This makes her even more interesting to me. She is a tough independent woman that has weathered many storms.
Her only daughter who has run away from home in the previous book returns but her homecoming does not have the outcome Martha envisioned. She is living with to elderly sisters over their bakery business. They are very sweet and loving ladies and have taken Martha as part of their family, but the hide a very dark secret. Thomas, an old flame of Martha’s who is also widow continues his pursuit of her which causes her to question her past and future.
Her job as a midwife and making her own way has molded Martha into quite a formidable lady. She has a take charge, decisive, “my way or the highway” attitude. While these are wonderful qualities for bringing new life into the world, and caring for new mothers, they are not so great in personal relationships.
We forget that other era’s had many of the same social problems we do, but did not have all the resources we have to deal with them. Solutions relied on the love and commitment of the community. Martha reaches out to help a young woman caught up in domestic abuse, a disabled elderly man, and an orphan. I love the way she has a personal ministry with such love and compassion for others. Her unwavering faith in God and her strong relationship with Him are the foundation that brings her through so much. Sometimes though she tries to use that strength to fight against God’s plan, but she always surrenders and sees the error of her way. As always I enjoy learning more about the practice of midwifery during that time.
This book received this book at no charge from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own. ( )
  Mizroady | Feb 22, 2016 |
The Midwife’s Choice by Delia Parr is the second book in the At Home in Trinity series. Martha Cade (42 and widow) is the midwife to the town of Trinity, Pennsylvania. Martha is a determined, stubborn woman who is very set in her ways (she reminds me of myself). She lives in a room over the confectionary (which is great since she has a penchant for sweets) with Fern and Ivy Lynn. Martha comes home after a difficult birthing case to find her seventeen-year-old daughter, Victoria, has returned home. Victoria had run away with a traveling theatre troupe several months ago, and Martha had been unable to find her (despite her following the troupe). However, Victoria does not wish to stay in Trinity. Victoria wishes to be a writer and has had her first published poem. Will Victoria be able to convince her mother to let her leave again?

Martha delivered Nancy Clifford’s stillborn son. This did not cause the baby’s death, Martha reassured the husband, Russell. The woman claimed she fell walking while carrying wood and landed on her stomach (though she did have a lot of bruises). Martha had no reason to doubt her story until a few days later. The townspeople band together to help Nancy and keep her away from her husband (who is a very determined man). Martha is in for a busy time. She has to deal with her daughter, Nancy’s situation, Samuel’s condition has worsened, and Thomas Dillon (he is the town mayor and very much in love with Martha) wants an answer to his question. Read The Midwife’s Choice to catch up on the events in Trinity.

The Midwife’s Choice is the second book in the At Home in Trinity series and you really do need to read the first book in order to understand everything that is going on in the book. There are many characters and happenings. The author does try to update the reader in The Midwife’s Choice, but I think it would be beneficial. The Midwife’s Choice is a pleasurable book to read. There are parts where you laugh, cry, and sigh. The book does place a lot of emphasis on prayer and scripture. Faith and prayer are powerful tools (if you believe). The Midwife’s Choice has good characters and a lovely setting. I give The Midwife’s Choice 4 out of 5 stars. I look forward to reading the third book in the At Home in Trinity series.

I received a complimentary copy of The Midwife’s Choice from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  Kris_Anderson | Feb 17, 2016 |
a fast read, a job i considered when younger, thought being a midwife would be a great experience. would not hesitate to check out another book my Delia Parr. i did receieve this book from Bethany House for a honest review. ( : ( )
  ElizrdbthSpeaks | Jan 5, 2016 |
I loved my return trip to Trinity and spending more time with Martha Cade and the other folks we have come to love here. Victoria has returned home, at least she is safe and sound, and there is a lot more to this young woman’s story.
This story is filled with love and there is some tragedy and violence, and the ending is so very surprising, I loved it! A really good read about the use of a midwife in early America before the medical society of doctors took over and they started to disappear for a while.
This book does touch on a very sensitive subject and laws were very different in early America. Woman did not have the same standing in society, and the husband was always right. Almost like cattle in that the wife belonged to the husband, and I cringed at who believed in this.
There is a bit of romance in the making here, or maybe it has existed for years, even before each had married others, between Martha and Thomas. We wonder if Martha can ever move towards a new life, or will she allow a relationship to build with Thomas.
This town will warm your heart and come to rally around a young woman in trouble, loved how they helped her and it will make you smile.
Don’t miss this one, it is the second book in the story, but all of the facts are filled in for you, of course the first book is awesome and you will realize that you want more once you have read this one. Enjoy!
I received this book through Bethany House Publishers Blogger Program and was not required to give a positive review. ( )
  alekee | Dec 18, 2015 |
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Come Home to Friendship, Family, and Faith in the Town of Trinity

In a time when the traditional ways of medicine are constantly being questioned by new doctors fresh from medical school, midwife Martha Cade 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. At the same time, she must decide whether she'll risk reopening the heart she'd long closed off to love.

Though a small town, Trinity, Pennsylvania, is fraught with secrets, and as a midwife, Martha moves among its people. She knows which homes are filled with light and love, which families have slipped into grief, which wives are unhappy, and which husbands dare to cross lines...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.

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"In small-town Trinity, Pennsylvania, 1831, Martha Cade tries to balance the demands of her calling as a midwife, the delicacy of private information she learns in that role, and the hopes and expectations she has for her daughter and for herself"--

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