In The Midwife’s Tale, midwife Martha Cade returns to the small town of Trinity after searching in vain for her missing daughter. Add an orphan boy who tests her patience and a newly-arrived doctor who threatens her lively-hood, and Widow Cade has more than she can handle. Will her daughter return? And how much longer will Martha be a widow?
The Midwife’s Tale is an intriguing glimpse at the life of a midwife struggling to find her way in the wake of modern medicine, and the look at childbirth and naturopathy is fascinating. The novel is full of small-town intrigue and has a pastoral feel to it. Most of the characters are likable and sympathetic. The descriptive portions of the narrative are well written and inviting.
However, Widow Cade’s emotional highs and lows become tedious, and the small-town personalities are a challenge to remember.
All in all, The Midwife’s Tale is perfect for a relaxing read and provides a welcome escape from the busyness of life.
The publisher provided a free copy in exchange for my honest review.