The Mountain Midwife
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 Mountain Midwife Details

TitleThe Mountain Midwife
Author
ReleaseDec 15th, 2015
PublisherZondervan
ISBN-139780310333449
Rating
GenreContemporary, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Romance, Mystery

The Mountain Midwife Review

  • Shantelle
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! I really, really enjoyed this book! ^_^ I should probably stop saying that I don't like contemporary fiction, because I keep finding gems in this genre! I've read some of Laurie Alice Eakes's historicals, and was expecting The Mountain Midwife to be one also. As it turns out, it's a sort of contemporary companion novel to one of her historical series about midwives. At first I was disappointed. But that soon changed!The story centers on Ashley Tolliver, a midwife in the Appalachian mo 4.5 stars! I really, really enjoyed this book! ^_^ I should probably stop saying that I don't like contemporary fiction, because I keep finding gems in this genre! I've read some of Laurie Alice Eakes's historicals, and was expecting The Mountain Midwife to be one also. As it turns out, it's a sort of contemporary companion novel to one of her historical series about midwives. At first I was disappointed. But that soon changed!The story centers on Ashley Tolliver, a midwife in the Appalachian mountains. Her family has lived there for nearly 200 years ... The women in her family, and their mothers before them, had been practicing midwifery just as long. Ashley wants to go to medical school, to be able to help more, to get more respect. But for the time being, the women in her small community need her. Especially the one who was kidnapped soon after giving birth in Ashley's care ...This is not your average boring contemporary! *grins* Kidnappings. Mountain life. Handsome heroes searching out a birth mother. It was exciting, charming, sobering, and beautiful all at once. And besides that, I really enjoy reading about midwives. A baby's birth is miraculous. And midwifery intrigues me. I love watching Ashley, as a young woman, helping out other women as they enter into the exciting, but sometimes frightening, time of of bearing children. Some women, she's delivered all their babies. Some women, her mother or grandmother were the ones to "catch the baby". All in all, there's something personal and comforting about a community midwife.And the mountain life is just quite interesting as a whole. They have this mountain accent. They've lived there all their lives. And their ancestors for almost 200 years! It's pretty crazy to think about. And just really neat. Imagine that kind of history! Very enchanting feel at times. Though there is the downside too. Instead of moonshine like the old days, illegal drugs are ruining the lives of many a person around Ashley's home. There are also the more poverty-stricken people, whose rather messy and "behind-times" lifestyle cause the general prejudices of the city folk against the mountain folk. There are some pregnant, single women who live in smoke-saturated areas and work far harder than they should at small diners with very little pay.And Ashley, with her loving heart and family ties, strives to help them all.So yes, The Mountain Midwife kept my attention! I thoroughly enjoyed it.Also, the romance was very, very sweet! ^_^ I quite enjoyed it, and how everything tied together and worked out. So cute. So gentle. Such endearing moments. Poignant moments. Ashley and her man are the sweetest couple; and I loved every bit of their journey! Eep! <3 I'm just so happy for dear Ashley! ^_^ (hehe) But truly. It was one of the loveliest contemporary romances I've read.There was one case of adultery shown in this story ... and it was pretty gut-wrenching! :/ Really, really horrible situation. Infidelity is spoken of time and again, as a lot of Ashley's patients are single mothers. While Ashley doesn't agree with their lifestyles, she says her job is to take care of mothers and babies - not speak condemning words to the women who come to her for help. So yes, there's some more adult content and situations. But I thought it was all handled in a tasteful way. And Ashley's faith and morals come in too. There's two or three kisses and a sweet story of falling in love too. All sweet! ^_^ At this time, I can't remember how in depth the faith aspect of The Mountain Midwife was ... but I seem to recall some profound moments - some deep faith themes.My final verdict ... it was great! So enjoyable! A contemporary tale set in the history-filled Appalachian mountains about one midwife's journey of discovery and love. Don't miss The Mountain Midwife!
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  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    January 1, 1970
    Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.When I read novels like this, books that wink at the author’s other works, I feel a little like Anne Shirley – caught up in Laurie Alice Eakes quite simply has a way with words… and with characters. I was delighted to see these strengths just as evident in The Mountain Midwife, her first contemporary novel, as in her historicals. The fact that characters in The Mountain Midwife descended from characters in two of her historical series made it just all the more thrilling for a book adorer like me.When I read novels like this, books that wink at the author’s other works, I feel a little like Anne Shirley – caught up in the felicity of the illusion that the author and I are having a moment. Laurie Alice knows she nodded at Choices of the Heart. I know she nodded at Choices of the Heart. Voila! We’ve bonded across the pages and are now kindred spirits. Hunter and Ashley grabbed my heart almost at once – separately and together. Their instant attraction was adorable. The natural progression of their relationship made me feel like I was being wrapped up in a warm quilt, and every time they shared a page I found that I couldn’t stop smiling. Both struggle with pride in their own way, and their journeys toward overcoming it are beautifully penned.Speaking of “beautifully penned”, I just love the way Eakes’ writing voice lilts and dips, giving breath to both the characters and the Appalachian setting. Spiritual truths are woven organically into the story – with poignant grace – never straying into “preachy” or “trite” territory. The hints of mystery and suspense iced an already delicious cake, and the romance made my heart (and my face) grin.Somebody please tell me this is the first book in a series because I’m not ready to say goodbye to the people of Brooks Ridge. There are many stories I need to hear. Like Heather’s. And Mary Kate’s. And still even Ashley’s. I loved the ending but it only made me want more!Bottom Line: Laurie Alice Eakes delivers a contemporary story of faith, hope, and love with the same exquisite style that make her historical novels so popular. You will be drawn in by the first paragraph, captured by the story, and swept up in the smooth cadence of Eakes’ voice. If you are a fan of her Midwives series, you absolutely need to read The Mountain Midwife.(I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
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  • Mandi
    January 1, 1970
    As a former OB nurse, I generally adore novels that have midwifery in them. However, this novel felt like a mix of Harlequin romance and Christian fiction and was defiantly not for me. Unrealistic, cheesy at times and the ending was far too tidy for the situation.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    More like 3.5!The Mountain Midwife opens with an engaging scene that pulled me immediately into Ashley Toliver’s world – that of a midwife for the women of a small Appalachian community. Awakened in the night, the last thing that Ashley expects is an abduction of her patient right after the birth. This light mystery takes off from there, pulling in another mystery of Hunter McDermott’s birth mother. Both of these threads intertwine nicely as the story progresses, as well as the growing friendshi More like 3.5!The Mountain Midwife opens with an engaging scene that pulled me immediately into Ashley Toliver’s world – that of a midwife for the women of a small Appalachian community. Awakened in the night, the last thing that Ashley expects is an abduction of her patient right after the birth. This light mystery takes off from there, pulling in another mystery of Hunter McDermott’s birth mother. Both of these threads intertwine nicely as the story progresses, as well as the growing friendship between Ashley and Hunter.There is a nice atmosphere found in this story – the feel of the small community is fully realized, and I loved the strong sense of heritage that Ashley has for her home. I enjoy when an author gives a character an authentic history that feels real to me, as this one did. The plot also flows nicely. The mystery thread is light and more my speed, since I don’t like super scary, crime-based stories.I felt like some of the ending scenes came across as a little bit anticlimactic. There are also some loose ends that I felt like weren’t tied up – perhaps to leave room for a sequel? I definitely felt like there are secondary characters in this story that could have their own and would be interested in reading those. I was also bummed at how easily things wrapped up for Ashley – I thought there would be more of a compromise regarding one big issue in her life. It seemed a bit glossed over, but that’s just my opinion. Other readers may not feel that way at all. The details about midwifery really grabbed my attention; Ashely had such deep roots, and the details about her job held my interest – and for anyone worried about there being too much detail, don’t be – I thought it was enough details to understand the situation and even learn from it, but not more information than was needed. I also thought it was neat how the author made Ashley and her friend Heather a descendant of characters in her historical series about midwives – I’ve read this first book, and this story actually makes me want to read the other two.Overall, this is an engaging story, with a lot of compelling elements, and a light mystery at its core - and I hope it's the beginning of a series. These characters have more stories to tell, I'm sure of it.I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to do a review, and the views expressed here are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Zondervan Fiction & Netgalley for the ARC. I'm giving 'The Mountain Midwife 3 1/3 to 4 stars, and the reason is this. While Laurie Alice Eakes books are some of my most enjoyable reads, and yes this was very different from the English based books of hers I've read, this story ended in a way that didn't seem to come together as you've been led along to believe throughout the story.. Without spoilers, which I don't like to write in a review, Ashley Tolliver who is a midwife in this m Thanks to Zondervan Fiction & Netgalley for the ARC. I'm giving 'The Mountain Midwife 3 1/3 to 4 stars, and the reason is this. While Laurie Alice Eakes books are some of my most enjoyable reads, and yes this was very different from the English based books of hers I've read, this story ended in a way that didn't seem to come together as you've been led along to believe throughout the story.. Without spoilers, which I don't like to write in a review, Ashley Tolliver who is a midwife in this mountain area, has had midwifery amongst the past generations of her family for over 100 yrs. Its a career she takes seriously, and truly cares about her practice and her patients, who are her friends also. However you get the impression that she hasn't really been able to make choices for herself, since going to college, whereas her family have all done what they wanted. Her father is advising her to let God decide what she do, though they took off and left the responsibility on her and went to do what they want also. She knows what she wants, and spends the entire book trying to make it a reality, and even with the complexities of her new found friendship/love interest Hunter McDermott, it seems the answer is to go after what she wants, he is from DC after all,and she gets accepted to a DC school! She manages to successfully figure out what to do with the practice, a cause of angst throughout the pages. Yet right at the last page she suddenly abandons it all. It just makes no sense, and left me thinking, why? Why bother to make so much seem in her grasp, after all her intentions were honorable and she still had the community in mind. Why does everyone else get what they want? I think this is the biggest reason I'm hovering between giving this a solid 4 stars. Laurie write's well, very descriptive, and this story of suspense and duty, whilst searching for a long lost family for Hunter, as he at the age of 32 has just discovered he is adopted, brings an interesting combination to this story. It is not heavy on the romance, sometimes that felt like it was a side section of the story. I did not like the abrupt ending, an epilogue would have been really lovely to see if Ashley actually got what she most longs for, after delivering hundreds of babies herself, and being alone most that time, to see whether she got to experience pregnancy or family for herself. Maybe there is a sequel planned? But it ended a bit like a novella would, and that's a bit unsatisfying. Shame after for the most part this is a good read, different, but well written descriptive story, that the ending let me down sufficient to feel frustrated.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Set against the lush backdrop of the Appalachia mountains in southern Virginia, "The Mountain Midwife" traces a lineage of midwives straight to Ashley Tolliver, a young woman who is determined to pursue medical school in order to advance her skills beyond those of a trained midwife. One troubling night changes everything; a young pregnant teen delivers a baby at Ashley's in-home clinic, bleeding terribly and then mysteriously disappearing with the man who accompanied her, chased down by a speedi Set against the lush backdrop of the Appalachia mountains in southern Virginia, "The Mountain Midwife" traces a lineage of midwives straight to Ashley Tolliver, a young woman who is determined to pursue medical school in order to advance her skills beyond those of a trained midwife. One troubling night changes everything; a young pregnant teen delivers a baby at Ashley's in-home clinic, bleeding terribly and then mysteriously disappearing with the man who accompanied her, chased down by a speeding truck into the darkness. Who was the young woman and did she and her baby survive? Ashley is left stunned, with a myriad of unanswered questions running through her mind. Hunter McDermott is receiving unsolicited national attention after heroically rescuing a young girl overseas. After his name and picture are splashed across national news organizations, his solitary life is bombarded with reporters, his phone ringing incessantly. Curiously, one woman calls several times claiming to be his mother; she needs his help in order to save his sister. Quizzing his affluent DC parents only adds to Hunter's confusion when he is informed that his heritage is not at all what he has previously been led to believe. Heading to southern Virginia with only a name and the fact that he was delivered by a mid-wife, Hunter and Ashley begin their travel onto intersecting paths. There are two mysteries to solve in this engaging story, filled with mountain lore and glimpses into a culture, which in some instances remains untouched by modern conveniences and communication. Hunter and Ashley have their comfortable lives nearly planned out until they meet each other, uncovering secrets from both their pasts that will put them in the unique position to clear away the fog from their futures, if only they can muster enough courage to follow their hearts.
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  • Angie Fehl
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley Tolliver has been carrying on the tradition of Appalachian midwifery that's run through her family for centuries. Lately though, she's felt compelled to temporarily leave her community to pursue a medical degree, so that she might serve her community that much better. Her hesitation lies in the possibility of offending family or community members with her decision. Mountain midwives get plenty of flack from "city doctors" for their lack of training, it might seem to some that Ashley's mov Ashley Tolliver has been carrying on the tradition of Appalachian midwifery that's run through her family for centuries. Lately though, she's felt compelled to temporarily leave her community to pursue a medical degree, so that she might serve her community that much better. Her hesitation lies in the possibility of offending family or community members with her decision. Mountain midwives get plenty of flack from "city doctors" for their lack of training, it might seem to some that Ashley's moving over to the dark side. Hunter McDermott is on a business trip in Lisbon where he ends up saving the life of a little girl who wanders into traffic. As the little girl's family rushes out to grab her from Hunter, a car bomb goes off behind them, making it appear as if Hunter saved the entire family. The story hits international news stations and Hunter is made into an overnight hero figure. When he gets back home, he is immediately bombarded with phone calls, mostly from media, but one call is from a mystery woman claiming to be his birth mother. Confused and stunned by the news, that one call sets Hunter on a journey to seek out the truth about his family roots, a journey that leads him right to Ashley Tolliver.This novel had some intensity right out of the gate -- right in the very first chapter there's already a difficult birthing scene and a kidnapping introduced! It set me up for high hopes for the rest of the story, but alas, the action fizzled out for me pretty quick. Then I started running into issues with the plot and the writing itself. The biggest issue for me was the portrayal of the Appalachian people here. I live in Appalachian territory myself, my husband was raised here. In my experience, Appalachian folk can be some of the most humble, lovely souls you could find anywhere. Sure, there are bad seeds but that's true for anywhere in the world. It bothered me that so much of the plot here focused so much on negative stereotypes, stereotypes that the characters verbally try to fight against, but their actions end up perpetuating the image. This story, to me, just didn't have an authentic voice that would have done the culture justice.Another concern I had was with plot holes or plot points feeling like they were just falling to the wayside. Hunter's whole story is him on a mission to discover the truth about his birth mother, but for much of the book all that seems to take a backseat to him swooning all over Ashley. And why? I didn't quite get why they were supposed to be such a perfect fit. Hunter talks about how smitten he is with her but what does he have to go on? He mentions finding her incredibly physically attractive, he respects her work ethic and can't deny that she's educated, but aside from that they don't seem to have much common ground for long term success. Not to mention he's frequently making derogatory remarks about Appalachian culture (since he grew up with money, he tends to knock the poor mountain folk pretty easily). Some of his comments even border on slightly misogynistic. Likewise, Ashley likes Hunter's good looks but often gets annoyed with his ignorant, egotistical behavior / comments. Didn't leave me much to swoon over or root for. A couple issues with the writing itself --- I found the dialogue to often be a little too stiff for my liking. It didn't flow like natural conversation, but more like a bad tv movie script. Almost like "I am saying this, because I think this is what someone like me would be expected to say in this generic situation". Zero personality. I was also aggravated with the ending. To me it seemed somewhat contradictory to the rest of the plot.In the end, I found myself annoyed with this one, feeling like I got stuck with a bland romance disguised as a cultural fiction / medical drama piece. Note To Readers: Author Laurie Eakes mentions in the beginning of this novel that some of the surnames used in this story do tie in with family names from some of her previous novels. Having never read this author before, I feel I can safely say this novel is easily readable as a stand-alone work. FTC Disclaimer: TNZ Fiction Guild kindly provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
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  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: The Mountain MidwifeAuthor: Laurie Alice EakesPages: 352Year: 2015Publisher: ZondervanMy rating is 5 stars.Laurie Alice Eakes is a new author to me and I loved the main characters, Ashley along with Hunter. Ashley is a descendent of women in her family’s line who practice midwifery. Ashley is also a nurse who would love to be able to seek a doctorate in order to bring better care to the women she serves. Hunter is an engineer who has traveled all over the world as he loves being outside r Title: The Mountain MidwifeAuthor: Laurie Alice EakesPages: 352Year: 2015Publisher: ZondervanMy rating is 5 stars.Laurie Alice Eakes is a new author to me and I loved the main characters, Ashley along with Hunter. Ashley is a descendent of women in her family’s line who practice midwifery. Ashley is also a nurse who would love to be able to seek a doctorate in order to bring better care to the women she serves. Hunter is an engineer who has traveled all over the world as he loves being outside rather than being in an office.The way the author brings these two characters together was brilliant as in the middle of the night Ashley is disturbed by a woman needing her help bringing her baby safely into the world. Ashley is concerned and prepared to take the young woman and her “husband” to the hospital as after the safe delivery the woman begins to hemorrhage. Both the man and woman along with the baby disappear while two trucks attempt to run down Ashley.When Hunter’s picture is flashed across the TV worldwide as a hero, he finds getting back to the USA and home without being accosted by news people a hard task. Though he would love to get some sleep Hunter is asked to come to his parents’ house where he confronts them regarding his true parentage. When he speaks with them, it sets him off to locate the truth as to where or whom is birth mother might really be as well as the father.The mystery kept me up until I finished the book. I wanted to see how the author would wrap up the plot she introduces and builds throughout the whole story. The characters reveal the internal issues they face as they seek to help or find the truth as to where Hunter was born. While in the pursuit, a romance begins to builds between the two main characters. It was also fun to reach the end of the tale to see if some of the questions I had about what happened to secondary characters were answered.I hope you will read and enjoy this story plus consider giving the book to friends or family this holiday season so they can be captivated by a great novel!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.”
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    My first Fiction Guild book!!! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to be honest when I first received this book, just looking at the cover made me think "Man this book just isn't going to be for me." I let it sit on my shelf for about a month. I just couldn't get the will power to let myself pick it up. I feel so bad about judging this book by it's cover and what I thought it could possibly be about. I thought it was going to be historical fiction, in this isolated moun My first Fiction Guild book!!! I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have to be honest when I first received this book, just looking at the cover made me think "Man this book just isn't going to be for me." I let it sit on my shelf for about a month. I just couldn't get the will power to let myself pick it up. I feel so bad about judging this book by it's cover and what I thought it could possibly be about. I thought it was going to be historical fiction, in this isolated mountain, with midwives. I didn't even read the synopsis on the back, so those were just my random initial thoughts. It scared me into not really wanting to read it.Finally this month I knew I needed to do this and at least give it a fair chance. I'm so glad I finally decided to do that. This book took me by such surprise. I really enjoyed it. If you know anything about my previous reading habits, you know how much I am obsessed with Diane Chamberlain's books. This book had the vibe and the reasons why I love Diane Chamberlain's books. It had the little bit of romance (not completely overwhelming/in your face), a mystery/thriller vibe with it, and twists every step of the way. Part of the reason why I was nervous to read this was because I thought it was going to be some weird historical fiction piece. I was expecting a hard to understand writing style. Again, I was completely wrong. The flow of this book is super easy to understand. My one problem with it, is that the main character Ashely is so involved in her town that there are a lot of characters to keep track of. I loved getting to know them, but by the end I just wanted the story wrapped up and done. Finding out how each of those side characters stories wrapped up at the end took a long time. Most of the side characters have their own issues that they are dealing with in addition to the issues that the main characters are involved with. It was nice to see how they turned out so we weren't left hanging, but it just took a while to get through them all. I love how even though there is romance in this book, it really takes a back seat and lets the real message shine through. Overall I really enjoyed this book. I was really surprised and would love to recommend this to other people!
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  • Daphne Self
    January 1, 1970
    I've always find myself enjoying any historical novel by Laurie Alice Eakes. Historical novels have always been synonymous with her name. It was Lady in the Mist that first introduced me to her midwife series. From the start, I read each one and proceeded to other novels written by her. With The Mountain Midwife, Laurie Alice Eakes reintroduces her midwife line and life in the Appalachians, but this time it is a foray into a contemporary setting.And I have to say, Laurie Alice did a very good jo I've always find myself enjoying any historical novel by Laurie Alice Eakes. Historical novels have always been synonymous with her name. It was Lady in the Mist that first introduced me to her midwife series. From the start, I read each one and proceeded to other novels written by her. With The Mountain Midwife, Laurie Alice Eakes reintroduces her midwife line and life in the Appalachians, but this time it is a foray into a contemporary setting.And I have to say, Laurie Alice did a very good job. This book is more than a typical romance; it delves into a bit of mystery and suspense without overshadowing the budding romance between the two characters.As usual, this author can make the reader pause and view a situation in a new light. What would I have done in this situation? What would I have felt if I found that out? How would I have reacted when faced with indecision or fear?At first I didn't know what to think about Ashley and the decisions she would make or the way she would behave, but as I read more and more I came to understand the why because I could relate to the character. There's always a little bit in us that needs confirmation from others and sometimes that little bit grows into a want that is larger than we realize and it affects our actions.Even the character Hunter will make the reader pause and consider "who do we see the world and the people in it". Laurie Alice Eakes also has a way to bring the sounds and sights of the Appalachians to life. This is one book that I found enjoyable and another book of Laurie Alice's that I truly am glad to own.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers.Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature. This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize.While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed reading this book. Eakes' writing is squeaky clean and the fa The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Book Look Bloggers.Laurie Alice Eakes ventured into the world of contemporary fiction with the writing of this book, which raises my curiosity about her previous work, which is historical in nature. This being my first read by this author, my intent is not to criticize.While romance is not my favorite genre, nor midwifery my favorite subject, I really enjoyed reading this book. Eakes' writing is squeaky clean and the faith element is consistent. There are two points of view which sometimes alternate, and sometimes overlap, working well together in telling the story. I identified with both of them, and they stayed with me after finishing the book.One criteria upon which I judge a book is whether there are quotable phrases within its pages. This book had several, for example this description of Heather on page 210:".. and one could have landed a spaceship in the circles beneath her eyes."The writing in Mountain Midwife is largely conversational and internal thoughts, which could show more depth or layering in the story, though the theme was consistent throughout. There is a moment of self-realization for Ashley, which, though I am decades older than she, I identified with and learned from.Though there were a small number of technical questions or criticisms, I really liked this book. Well done, Laurie! I love the way the book ended, much as each chapter, with enough left hanging to make the reader want to keep reading!The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through BookLook Bloggers. Opinions are my own.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Ashley and Hunter paths cross in unexpected ways, and their lives and all that they have ever believed have then shaken to the core.Ashley has put her life wish of becoming a doctor on hold as she gave up her studies and came home to help her Grandmother and in the end take over her practice. She is still saving and planning to eventually go back to school and fulfill her dream.Hunter is and engineer and has lived a very affluent life in the Washington, D.C. area. He is the odd one in the family Ashley and Hunter paths cross in unexpected ways, and their lives and all that they have ever believed have then shaken to the core.Ashley has put her life wish of becoming a doctor on hold as she gave up her studies and came home to help her Grandmother and in the end take over her practice. She is still saving and planning to eventually go back to school and fulfill her dream.Hunter is and engineer and has lived a very affluent life in the Washington, D.C. area. He is the odd one in the family as the rest are all lawyers. He is on the news and seems everyone is recognizing him, and that is the catalyst to the phone call from someone claiming to be his mother. No way, he loves his mother, and doesn’t have another!The story is set in the rural Appliatian Mountains of Virginia, and we travel the back roads here, and meet a lot of the people. This place really requires a truck or four-wheel drive, and someone is trying to kill them on these dangerous gravel roads.Why is there danger, and what is pulling these two together? A really fast pace read that will keep you page turning and wanting the answers. In the end will there be answers but will they survive? There are several sub stories and some are unanswered but most have conclusions and we have to be satisfied with the answers whether we agree or wanted what happens.I received this book through Net Galley and Zondervan Fiction and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Savanna Kaiser
    January 1, 1970
    Between the beautiful covers of this book, you'll find a fresh story that ties the history with the present in a unique way. Even though it's a contemporary tale, there's much of family heritage and the past that connects the plot and characters together. Well-written and unique, the book is full of suspense and twists as curvy as the mountain roads of the Appalachian community.There were, however, still a few things I had difficulty connecting to. I liked both Ashley and Hunter, but I didn't co Between the beautiful covers of this book, you'll find a fresh story that ties the history with the present in a unique way. Even though it's a contemporary tale, there's much of family heritage and the past that connects the plot and characters together. Well-written and unique, the book is full of suspense and twists as curvy as the mountain roads of the Appalachian community.There were, however, still a few things I had difficulty connecting to. I liked both Ashley and Hunter, but I didn't connect with them as much as I hoped to. Their romance seemed small and at times a bit forced amidst the bigger themes of the plot. There was good suspense and surprises along the way, but again I wasn't as hooked in as I expected to be.Even with a few things missing for me, I still appreciated how the characters grew and matured and sacrificed for others. I enjoyed the setting and liked following Ashley along in her unique role as a midwife. Real life is a huge part of this book. It deals with family trust issues, forgiveness, and friendship. Read it and see what you think. :)This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to Thomas Nelson & Zondervan’s Fiction Guild for my copy.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows a lady who came from a long line of midwives. She wished to become a doctor so she could better help the people in the Appalachian mountains. However, to do this she must leave her current patients. Is she really ready to do this? Are her patients really the motive?This story was enjoyable. Hunter has a mystery to solve about his birth. He needs to track down information from a midwife to figure out his roots and fami This was my first read by this author, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It follows a lady who came from a long line of midwives. She wished to become a doctor so she could better help the people in the Appalachian mountains. However, to do this she must leave her current patients. Is she really ready to do this? Are her patients really the motive?This story was enjoyable. Hunter has a mystery to solve about his birth. He needs to track down information from a midwife to figure out his roots and family.This book held my attention and was very entertaining. I stayed up long past my bed time to follow the mystery to the end. I truly enjoyed this author, and I hope to read more.I received this book from the publisher for my honest opinion which I have given.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    This book, my first Eakes, was a perfect fit for me. The writing was great. I loved the nurse protagonist, the patients, and the caring and emotion the author portrayed. There was a bit of suspense and several interesting story lines. A great read I recommend.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    A nice, easy story to escape into. Made the time pass quickly while waiting in the hospital
  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    Light romance with decent storyline.
  • Stacey
    January 1, 1970
    While the opening chapters pulled me in, it went downhill from there. Could not finish when I got to the part where after defending the highly educated background and training that she and her friend had completed, the main character helps her friend feel better by encouraging her to freshen up her makeup. Not for me.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    The Mountain Midwife: A Novel is the first book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes. The story sounded so interesting and intriguing that I wanted to pick it up and read it right away. The storyline reminded me of Jolina Petersheim's The Midwife, which is one of my all-time favorite books, so I went into it eagerly expecting another page turner. The front cover is absolutely gorgeous and looks super inviting. The back cover reads:"For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have The Mountain Midwife: A Novel is the first book I've read by Laurie Alice Eakes. The story sounded so interesting and intriguing that I wanted to pick it up and read it right away. The storyline reminded me of Jolina Petersheim's The Midwife, which is one of my all-time favorite books, so I went into it eagerly expecting another page turner. The front cover is absolutely gorgeous and looks super inviting. The back cover reads:"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 to a baby at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as she tries to take the dangerously bleeding woman her 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 her own family she has long put aside in favor 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 make her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?"I loved Laurie Alice Eakes' engaging, easy to read writing style. I was instantly intrigued as soon as I read the first page. You're immediately thrust into a fast paced, hard to put down story. The Mountain Midwife blends mystery, suspense, and romance in a perfect mix. I don't like novels that are heavily focused on romance to the point it's cheesy, and Eakes successfully avoids that by focusing on much more than just romance. I love reading about midwives and have always been intrigued by the Appalachian Mountains, and to have a story set in modern-day Appalachia was a very unique and interesting, since most books I've seen about Appalachia are historical novels. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction, suspense, and a touch of romance.I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes is a heartwarming Christian novel two mysteries in it. Ashley Tolliver is twenty-nine years old and a certified nurse midwife. Women in Ashley’s family have been midwives for over two hundred years. One night she is awakened by pounding on her door. A young woman with a man are on her doorstep. The young woman is in labor and needs assistance. Ashley lets them in and delivers the baby. The young woman then starts hemorrhaging. Ashley tries to call for h The Mountain Midwife by Laurie Alice Eakes is a heartwarming Christian novel two mysteries in it. Ashley Tolliver is twenty-nine years old and a certified nurse midwife. Women in Ashley’s family have been midwives for over two hundred years. One night she is awakened by pounding on her door. A young woman with a man are on her doorstep. The young woman is in labor and needs assistance. Ashley lets them in and delivers the baby. The young woman then starts hemorrhaging. Ashley tries to call for help on her house phone but it is not working (not a good sign). She steps outside to use her cell phone (to get coverage) and is almost run over by a big truck. When she goes back inside, the couple is gone. Who were they and why did they run away?Hunter McDermott is returning home after working on a project overseas. He has the press hounding him (in person and on the phone) after rescuing a little girl and her family from a car bomb. Hunter receives a call from a woman named Sheila Brooks claiming to be his birth mother. Sheila Brooks claims his sister needs him. She even uses his first name (that he changed years ago). When Hunter confronts his parents, he gets unexpected revelations. This leads him to a small community in the Appalachian Mountains. Hunter has the name of the midwife that delivered him thirty-two years ago which leads him to Ashley. Can Ashley help him find his birth family?Hunter and Ashley are in for some adventures as they both seek answers. Some people do not wish them to get the answers they seek. The Mountain Midwife was a wonderful book. It captured my attention from the very beginning. It is very well-written and has such a good flow (you do not even realize how much time is passing as you sit there and read). I liked the characters for the most part (Ashely got on my nerves sometimes), the mountains sound beautiful, lonely, and dangerous. I enjoyed the two mysteries (Ashley’s mysterious guests and Hunter’s search). They were intriguing (I just love mysteries as you can tell). The only thing that got on my nerves was Ashley’s desire to go to medical school (wait and see). She felt she would be able to help her community more with the degree (she was wrong). I just wanted to shake her and show her what a great help she is to the people in her area. Overall, The Mountain Midwife is a book that you will not want to put down. I give The Mountain Midwife 4.5 out of 5 stars. I will definitely be reading more books by Laurie Alice Eakes.I received a complimentary copy of The Mountain Midwife from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.http://bibliophileandavidreader.blogs...
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  • Mary Hanks
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was multi-layered and deep with a fascinating topic.
  • Linda Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    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 w 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?This book is about the journey Ashley and Hunter take on the road to discovering who they really are and where they are going. Ashley thinks her goal is to earn her medical degree and Hunter thinks he will continue to travel and dig tunnels. Then God steps in. After 32 years, Hunter learns he is adopted. He heads off to the Appalachian Mountains in search of his birth mother. What he discovers changes his life completely. Ashley joins Hunter in his search for his birth mother. Her grandmother is the midwife who delivered him. I’m not really sure how I would class this book. It has some mystery and romance. But it’s more of the story of Ashley and Hunter’s journey. I have never read any books by Ms. Eakes. This won’t be the last. I found it to be a very good book and I would recommend it.I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.
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  • Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I have read of Laurie Alice Eakes and I can assure you that it will not be the last. I was so engrossed in the storyline that I read the book in one day. I have to admit, it has been a little while that I have done that!I was in love with the book after the first chapter when Ashley helped a young woman have a baby. Sounds simple right? Wrong. There was clearly something wrong when a rough looking man bring a a young lady to a midwife in the middle of the night and then sh This is the first book I have read of Laurie Alice Eakes and I can assure you that it will not be the last. I was so engrossed in the storyline that I read the book in one day. I have to admit, it has been a little while that I have done that!I was in love with the book after the first chapter when Ashley helped a young woman have a baby. Sounds simple right? Wrong. There was clearly something wrong when a rough looking man bring a a young lady to a midwife in the middle of the night and then shows no emotion towards her. I was so impressed with Ashley's bravery. It can't be easy living alone in the mountains and having a knock in the middle of the night wake you up. And when there is a strange pick up truck that seems to make trouble, Ashley does not let it bring her down. She still stays in her home so she can take care of her patients. A mysterious phone call from someone claiming to be his mother brings city boy Hunter McDermott into the picture. I could feel the confusion he had wondering what brought this strange woman to say he was his mother. And when he confronted his parents about it, I could see the emotion of all the characters. I enjoyed seeing. His search for this woman. I think it ended up being a self discovery trip as well. The other thing I enjoyed about this book was the authors attention to detail about the scenes. I could picture myself in these mountains with the beautiful scenery all around. I could see each setting as if I were a part of them. I find that some authors overlook that, but rather focus on the dialog. I appreciate getting the big picture which makes the story come alive even more for me. I recommend this books to all book lovers, even if it is outside of your typically book list!I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    The Mountain Midwife is both heartwarming and heart wrenching at times. This is a wonderful story of midwife, Ashley Tolliver, who serves the women of her county in Appalachia with dedication, love, faith and care. It is also the story of Hunter McDermott who discovers at 30 that he was adopted. He receives a call from a woman that says she is his bother and her sister needs his help in order to stay alive. This call takes him to the community where Ashley practices. He is determined to find his The Mountain Midwife is both heartwarming and heart wrenching at times. This is a wonderful story of midwife, Ashley Tolliver, who serves the women of her county in Appalachia with dedication, love, faith and care. It is also the story of Hunter McDermott who discovers at 30 that he was adopted. He receives a call from a woman that says she is his bother and her sister needs his help in order to stay alive. This call takes him to the community where Ashley practices. He is determined to find his mother and see how he can help his sister.Their paths cross and they both become involved in finding the truth. At the time neither were prepared for the reactions they had to each other which was wonderful but also maybe a bit scary for both of them.It becomes dangerous because someone is out to kill Ashley. In the meantime Ashley has her own inner demons she is fighting. She feels inadequate in her position as midwife, wants to go to medical school but has a problem in that she doesn't want to leave her practice. She prays and prays about it but doesn't seem to get an answer or does she, and it is not the one she thought it should be? This is such a great story and I look forward to other Mountain Midwife tales. There are no end to the difficulties in Ashley's job but she loves her work and is personally involved in all her patients which makes her special.I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for a review. For more information about Laurie Alice Eakes check out http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com/
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  • Yvette (bookworlder)
    January 1, 1970
    The Mountain Midwife is a contemporary Christian romance with a great blend of sweet romance, mystery and suspense.Ashley Tolliver is a 29 year old midwife, single with cats, in a small area of the Appalachians. Hunter McDermott is a 32 year old engineer who travels the world digging tunnels. Their stories intertwine as she looks for answers to the abduction of a patient and he asks for information about his birth.The romance factor is slow building, the mystery and suspense aspects are pitch pe The Mountain Midwife is a contemporary Christian romance with a great blend of sweet romance, mystery and suspense.Ashley Tolliver is a 29 year old midwife, single with cats, in a small area of the Appalachians. Hunter McDermott is a 32 year old engineer who travels the world digging tunnels. Their stories intertwine as she looks for answers to the abduction of a patient and he asks for information about his birth.The romance factor is slow building, the mystery and suspense aspects are pitch perfect, and secondary characters are interesting. There is also a nice, background exploration of family love and relationship in different forms.The action and the tensions in the main and secondary story lines keep the narrative moving and the reader questioning just enough, but the gentle, quiet nature of this novel really hooked me in and left me smiling at the end. 4/5 stars. Highly recommended. Being a reader of romance or having a preference for contemporary not required. There are childbirth scenes, but they are not overly detailed.My full review can be read on my WordPress blog: http://wp.me/p5Tcfi-xYDisclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Thomas Nelson and Zondervan's Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 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
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  • K. P.
    January 1, 1970
    The Mountain Midwife builds on the stories from Laurie Alice Eakes, The Midwives Series, only this latest book is written in a current day setting. When her doorbell begins ringing in the middle of the night, Ashley Tolliver has no idea what to expect. Ashley is the midwife for her small Appalachian community; however, she has never seen this couple, standing on her doorstep, before. Now, Ashley must jump into action, as this young girl is about to give birth!At about the same time several state The Mountain Midwife builds on the stories from Laurie Alice Eakes, The Midwives Series, only this latest book is written in a current day setting. When her doorbell begins ringing in the middle of the night, Ashley Tolliver has no idea what to expect. Ashley is the midwife for her small Appalachian community; however, she has never seen this couple, standing on her doorstep, before. Now, Ashley must jump into action, as this young girl is about to give birth!At about the same time several states away, Hunter McDermott learns that the mother who raised him is actually not his birth-mother. Suddenly Hunter does not know where he belongs! He begins trying to track down information about his birth mother in the small mountain town where he was born. Hunter and Ashley's paths collide when he learns that her grandmother was the midwife who delivered him all those years ago. As Ashley begins to help Hunter discover more details about his background, she also begins to learn more about the strangers who showed up on her doorstep and then suddenly disappeared. As both of these mysteries are slowly being solved, the feelings that seem to be developing between Hunter and Ashley may threaten her plans to move forward with her dream of becoming a doctor!Hang on tight through this fast moving tale as some very interesting truths come to light by the end of this story!I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased reviewhttp://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
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  • Rebekah Gyger
    January 1, 1970
    I have seen a lot of other great reviews of this story and I have to say that I agree with these... for the most part. The story starts off wonderfully, with an exciting incident that drives the story on, and a look at what it means to help those who need you. I was fully engaged and excited about this story until about halfway in.Toward the middle of the story, certain things started to take place that just did not add up. I wish I could explain just what confused me, but unfortunately I tried I have seen a lot of other great reviews of this story and I have to say that I agree with these... for the most part. The story starts off wonderfully, with an exciting incident that drives the story on, and a look at what it means to help those who need you. I was fully engaged and excited about this story until about halfway in.Toward the middle of the story, certain things started to take place that just did not add up. I wish I could explain just what confused me, but unfortunately I tried to explain it to my mother and ended up having to just read her the passage for her to understand. By this point I had also figured out how the story would end and had to push myself to finish it.The last half of the book seemed to me to read much the same as the first. Ashley would help her patients, Hunter would ask for her help and then make excuses to not go through with his intent of finding his birth mother. In the end, the answers he found seemed to contradict certain information from the beginning of the story.The Mountain Midwife was not wholly upsetting, I still enjoyed it at times and I can tell by the writing that Eakes is talented. There is great potential for others to really like this book as well, however I found parts of it to be contradictory and for that reason did not enjoy it as well as I would have liked.I received this book through the Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Angela Bycroft
    January 1, 1970
    A seamless blend of mystery and romance.The Mountain Midwife is a wonderful escape into the wild and remote Appalachian mountains, where centuries of Ashley Tolliver’s female descendants have faithfully cared for generations of women. Ashely is the latest in this line and takes her responsibilities seriously. But still she dreams of spreading her wings, and heading to the big smoke to study a medical degree with the dream of returning to her home to practice as a doctor. Hunter McDermott lives a A seamless blend of mystery and romance.The Mountain Midwife is a wonderful escape into the wild and remote Appalachian mountains, where centuries of Ashley Tolliver’s female descendants have faithfully cared for generations of women. Ashely is the latest in this line and takes her responsibilities seriously. But still she dreams of spreading her wings, and heading to the big smoke to study a medical degree with the dream of returning to her home to practice as a doctor. Hunter McDermott lives a world and different culture away in the city and upon returning from freak events overseas which have made him a brief household name, discovers his carefully ordered world is built on a lie. His quest begins to track down his birth mother and unravel the true story of his birth and parentage. This place him on a collision course for Ashely and her records dating back to his birth. However, Ashley has other troubles of her own when late on night a mysterious couple arrive at her door. The woman delivers her child but heavily bleeding, is spirited away by her companion leaving Ashley worried about her chance of survival and the reasons for their sudden disappearance. Two stories gradually draw together much like a well sewn tapestry and the desire to discover how all these seemingly random events somehow fit together keeps the reader engaged and eager to reach the untimely satisfying conclusion.
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  • Jeanie
    January 1, 1970
    He had never felt the lack of the knowledge until meeting this woman who seemed to draw some kind of strength from her heritage. Hunter McDermott has found out that he is not who he thought he was after the heels of rescue that was caught on youtube and brought him instant success. Hunter is a successful engineer, a man who cares about the world. His world suddenly comes to a standstill when he receives a phone call that his sister is in danger. A sister he didn't know he have. After confronting He had never felt the lack of the knowledge until meeting this woman who seemed to draw some kind of strength from her heritage. Hunter McDermott has found out that he is not who he thought he was after the heels of rescue that was caught on youtube and brought him instant success. Hunter is a successful engineer, a man who cares about the world. His world suddenly comes to a standstill when he receives a phone call that his sister is in danger. A sister he didn't know he have. After confronting his parents, he goes to the Appalachian Mountains in seeking answers. It is there he meets Ashley Tolliver the local midwife who may have the answers that he seeks. Ashley is turmoil to leave the mountains she loves to further her education to be a doctor. In helping Hunter find his roots, she ends up finding her roots as well.This novel had a thread of mystery, romance, and good ol lessons about what is important. Ashley has a borderline martyr complex but it paints a picture of how one tries to control and where there is no control. This is a Christian novel with a lesson on pride and seeking what truly motivates us even when what we do is a good thing. A Special Thank You to Zondervan and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.
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  • Katie Edgar
    January 1, 1970
    I am very interested in midwifery, so this story was a compelling read! The Mountain Midwife has it all; everyday life and struggles, romance and mystery. I do think having a strong interest or curiosity of midwife skills makes this tale so engaging. My favorite part of the story were the characters though, and how real they were. This is not a light, fluffy book where characters are perfect or almost perfect with little annoying quirks. These characters are like real friends and people in my co I am very interested in midwifery, so this story was a compelling read! The Mountain Midwife has it all; everyday life and struggles, romance and mystery. I do think having a strong interest or curiosity of midwife skills makes this tale so engaging. My favorite part of the story were the characters though, and how real they were. This is not a light, fluffy book where characters are perfect or almost perfect with little annoying quirks. These characters are like real friends and people in my community with some really bad choices and fallen pasts. I don't love anywhere near this setting, but the small-town/community mindset was nailed to perfection with where I live Ina very rural area. God's love and truths prevail where the reader is shown God's grace and mercy through these characters, but that does not mean that everything is tied up in a nice little bow and made perfect. This true-to life story shows how God's grace and each persons reactions (like forgiveness) to others choices affects each other. There were a few plot twists in The Mountain Midwife that had me shocked and turning pages as fast as I could! I give The Mountain Midwife 4.5 stars! I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion/review.
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