Monday, February 6, 2017

The Runaway Midwife: A Novel by Patricia Harman

ebook, 416 pages
Expected publication: January 31st 2017 by William Morrow Paperbacks
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Hope River series comes a new contemporary midwife novel.

Say “goodbye” to your old life, and “hello” to the life you’ve been waiting for…

Midwife Clara Perry is accustomed to comforting her pregnant patients…calming fathers-to-be as they anxiously await the birth of their children…ensuring the babies she delivers come safely into the world.

But when Clara’s life takes a nosedive, she realizes she hasn’t been tending to her own needs and does something drastic: she runs away and starts over again in a place where no one knows her or the mess she’s left behind in West Virginia. Heading to Sea Gull Island—a tiny, remote Canadian island—Clara is ready for anything. Well, almost. She left her passport back home, and the only way she can enter Canada is by hitching a ride on a snowmobile and illegally crossing the border.

Deciding to reinvent herself, Clara takes a new identity—Sara Livingston, a writer seeking solitude. But there’s no avoiding the outside world. The residents are friendly, and draw “Sara” into their lives and confidences. She volunteers at the local medical clinic, using her midwifery skills, and forms a tentative relationship with a local police officer.

But what will happen if she lets down her guard and reveals the real reason why she left her old life? One lesson soon becomes clear: no matter how far you run, you can never really hide from your past.

My Thoughts…

The Runaway Midwife is an interesting tale.    A story of a wife and mother mourning the loss of a good friend runs away from her life.   She not only runs but she leaves the country without a passport and becomes someone else.   I cannot imagine living my life that way.    She is scared of being found out at every turn she makes.   She is afraid of making friends  for fear that they will find out who she is.     

Clara is a sweet woman.   Even on the hiding from the law she cannot hide her caring loving side.   She helps out everyone who needs it, even some that do not.    The people of Sea Gull Island cannot help but want to know more about her and she ends up making friends.     As the story continues I was hoping that the truth would come out so she could stop living in fear and start living her life.      I really liked Clara and could only hope that all would work out for the best. 

The story is interesting.     I cannot imagine running away from the life I live and starting over in secret.    There were some things that I questioned, like her husband and his reaction to all that was happening, but it did not stop me from enjoying the story.     I was also surprised by the how accepting the people of Sea Gull Island were of a stranger living a very private life.     

I recommend picking up your own copy.

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Praise for THE RUNAWAY MIDWIFE and Patricia Harman
“In The Runaway Midwife, Patricia Harman, delivers a fast-paced, engrossing tale of a woman on the run from a bad marriage and an estranged daughter […] The characters are convincing, the plot tight and the conclusion convincing.”
—Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice

“From the mountains of West Virginia to a remote island in Lake Erie, The Runaway Midwife takes us on a journey from loss, grief and guilt to one of love, forgiveness and redemption. Patricia Harman deftly tells the story of midwife Clara Perry, who discovers that she, too, can soar like the island’s wild swans.”
New York Times bestselling author Mary McNear

“This poignant, powerful novel does not shy away from the gruesome facts of life and death. Fans of the BBC’s Call the Midwife and Carol Cassella’s medically minded novels will enjoy Harman’s inspirational and introspective story.”
Booklist on The Reluctant Midwife

“An entrancing saga of birth and rebirth, of people you come to love as they confront loss and guilt, poverty and fear, silence and doubt.”
—Pamela Schoenewaldt, author of Swimming in the Moon on The Reluctant Midwife

“This title is sure to appeal to fans of American historical fiction or anyone else looking for a story with plenty of emotion, spunk, and community spirit.”
Library Journal on The Reluctant Midwife

“Midwives are warriors in this beautifully sweeping tale.”
Kirkus Reviews on The Midwife of Hope River

“[…] An uncommonly good piece of American historical fiction.”
Library Journal on The Midwife of Hope River

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