As soon as I started reading I knew that Delia Parr had stuck to her normal style for The Midwife’s Tale (At Home in Trinity Book #1) and it would not be a cliche story. Her stories seem more like a biography and more true to what would actually happen than a cute guy/girl meet etc. etc.
The heroine is the midwife Martha Cade and the story starts right in the middle of a birth. The author obviously researched historical midwifery. Reading about what they did was interesting. Then the author pulled in the conflict between doctors and midwifes and made it even more interesting. Overall, the heroine is strong in her faith and moral in her conduct even when it isn’t easy. Her good reputation in the community helps her overcome the scandal of her daughter running away.
I’m gonna say that the role of hero is shared between the mayor Thomas and the recluse Samuel. They get about equal story time, but I have the feeling that Thomas will get more time as the trilogy continues. His life is much different than Martha’s life, but they are good friends that want the best for the town of Trinity. Samuel is a recluse that the reader learns more about than most of the town knows since we see him through Martha’s eyes. He is a great help in several times of trouble.
The villains are subtle. Some things Martha has to fight against are just part of her life – the weather, a hard birthing time, the gossip of others, the sadness of her daughter running away, the mean spirit of one who was a close friend and things like that. Another villain is very deceptive and does cause great hurt to the town. Martha’s reaction to it and her wish that she would have been able to prevent it is definitely how I think many people would have reacted.
Of course I love the addition of Bird! It’s a small subplot that brought smiles to my face. The supporting characters of Martha’s Aunt Hilda, brother and sister-in-law are well written and we get a good idea of their character even though they aren’t prominent in the story. Will is a pretty prominent supporting character that made me laugh, cry, and think. I don’t want to write out more and spoil any part of the story.
I’m interested to find out what happens in the second book with Martha’s daughter and extended family as well as Will, Bird, and more!
Here is some backcover copy:
Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she’s hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha’s world is shattered.
Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can’t remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it’s trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.
You can find more information at the author’s page. You can read the first chapter at Where the Story Begins. Published by Bethany House. This book was sent to me through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for the book tour. The words are fully my own and my affiliate link is in this post.