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Monday, May 30, 2016

The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eackes

Title: The Mountain Midwife, Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
ISBN: 9780310333449
Publisher's Synopsis:
For 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?

"The doorbell rang sometime after midnight...
But this was the double-toned chime of the doorbell in the darkness, and that meant trouble."
MrsK's Review:
Answering the door late at night was what Ashley does. Given that generations of midwives coursed through her DNA, Ashley cared for those in need. That's what being a midwife is all about, especially in her Appalachian community and the mountains. Caught between being the community midwife and wanting to be a doctor, Ashley will be driven into decisions that will matter to so many lives.

That night, when so much went wrong was a turning point in Ashley's life. To have the safety of your home, the place where women came to deliver their in children safely, victimized and shrouded in mystery was unnerving. Add in the mysterious Hunter McDemott and his quest in finding his birth mother and sister... life as Ashley knew it was about to change forever.

In the community of Brooksburg, Hunter will discover truths about the type of life his birth mother lived, about the depths of being a son, about the blessings of family, and about trusting a woman to the point of  surrender. For Ashley, love just might be knocking on her door at a time in her life when she was once again accepted into medical school.

"I was just...assaulted..."
It was like that night when the Davis' first showed up. This house was her practice, everyone knew how to find her. For now leaving to become a doctor looked better and better. That is until Hunter needed her guidance up and down the mountain. Locating a mysterious unidentified birth mother needed someone with insight, knowledge of the area, and a way beyond closed doors.

Smoothly written, the life of a midwife in the Appalachian mountains is difficult, fulfilling, maddenly-frustrating, life-threatening, and filled with moments of hope. Reading a story that isn't a normal pick often leads to a discovery beyond prior experiences, yet, linked to a familar journey within...
"I think you'd better call the sheriff. 
My patient and her baby have disappeared."

Worthy read for a lazy afternoon.
Meet the Author:
Laurie Alice EakesEakes 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.
"I received this book for free from the Fiction Guild for this review."
Thomas Nelson

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