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The Midwife of Hope River 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 In.Honest, 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.


10 thoughts on “The Midwife of Hope River

  1. says:

    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 ...


  2. says:

    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 E...


  3. says:

    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 ...


  4. says:

    The birth stories are interesting and realistic as you would expect since the author is an experienced midwife However, those events are the only reason I finished this book The story was ruined for me because of the way the author has the main character, midwife Patience Murphy, spout off all of today s politically correct v...


  5. says:

    This novel is American fiction at it s best It consumed me with the first sentence and wouldn t let me go.In the Appalachian Mountains during the great depression Patience Murphy was a faithful midwife who was devoted to her patients She never turned any one down for lack of money She was frequently paid with a chicken, a quilt, or gratitude With secrets behind her she felt safe hiding out in Western Virginia Patience was passionate as a midwife while she struggled to survive in the poverty stricken area of Hope River, where work was s...


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    I read this book in the wake of a book I really disliked, and therefore was inclined to give it a pass Upon a few days reflection, however, it really doesn t hold up all that well some spoilers below My main impetus for reading is discovering new characters It s what drives a book for me Lizbeth Patience is not a character with whom I could sympathize I do not believe that such a person could ever exist She was preposterous, truly a most interesting woman in the world She was in the circles of Mother Jones, but had to run to the isolation of Depression era West Virginia She was a flapper and a chorus girl and a wet nurse and the most successful midwife ever to wear the title She was such a selfish, narcissistic, unrealistically actualized person She was touted as such a powerful, strong woman, but never gave the credit to those responsible for her actual survival She owed her house to her old mentor She owed her very sustenance to Bitsy, who painfully served as a manifestation of how awesome Lizbeth was for being so incredibly tolerant until Bitsy dared t...


  7. says:

    Where I got the book ARC from the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program.An eventful life has brought Patience Murphy to a rural backwater in 1930s West Virginia where she works as a midwife, at first a fairly inexperienced unknown but gradually gaining the respect and friendship of the community With the Great Depression causing poverty all around her, she is increasingly called upon for difficult births because the families cannot afford a doctor or hospital, and her skills are put to the test She develops a relationship of mutual aid deepening into attraction with the local veterinarian, and finds a friend when she reluctantly takes in a young colored woman who proves to be an intelligent and resourceful partner.I was sucked into this story very quickly by the birth stories, which continued to be the main fascination for me I also enjoyed the depiction of life in the 1930s it came across as very well researched, and I liked the way Patience s past brought out some of the social upheavals of the early 20th century.At times I thought this novel had the potential to be as thought provoking as The Help, with its references to racial tensions and changing times, but in the end I felt that the author had shied away from fully exploring these themes Situations seemed to resolve themselves a little too patly, and I often felt that the writing could have lingered over some of the scenes or emotions that were sketched in with just a few lines It s rare that I find a novel to b...


  8. says:

    I loved every page of this book I was drawn in from the first page to the descriptive imagery of Depression Era Appalachia This was a very hard novel to put down Patience is strong, yet vulnerable She is brave, yet fearful of her past catching up with her Her lack of prejudice and openness make her different from her neighbors in West Virginia Many of them view her with mistrust, yet they need her in a community where the only doctor refuses to help black people or poor people.It wasn t just the midwife aspect that made this book appealing The everyday life of two women Patience and Bitsy a young black woman making their way in rural Appalachia makes this book a page turner There is so much to this book than just the midwife aspect The book deals with prejudice, spousal abuse, exploitation of Coal Miners, heartbreak, and redemption I love Harman s simple writing style I look forward to reading of her work.This one is definitely a k...


  9. says:

    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 spi...


  10. says:

    One of my FAVORITE books and series, and Patience Murphy is one of my all time favorite characters.I love stories set in Appalachia, Depression era stories, and stories with characters that are nurses This story has all of those things and is one of the most enjoyable books that I ve ever read, reread, and listened to Patience Murphy is one of the local midwives in Union County, West Virginia, where the economy is terrible and people are desperate She provides one of the most basic and needed services to the people in the area whether they can pay or not Patience helps deliver babies across all socioeconomic classes in the area because women in every class have babies She does not discriminate She is sometimes paid for her services, but sometimes she isn t, and it is never enough Often she is given something in trade in lieu of payment, because everyone is suffering in the Depression I love that through Patience, we get to see a slice of life at this place, during this time, and we get to see how several different groups lived the wealthy and semi wealthy in town, the poorest of the...