February 5, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth
ISBN: 978125005899

Synopsis: "With empathy and keen insight, Sally Hepworth delivers a page-turning novel about the complex, lovely, and even heartbreaking relationships between mothers and daughters.—Emily Gifin
Three generations of women
Secrets in the present and from the past
A captivating tale of life, loss, and love…
Neva Bradley, a third-generation midwife, is determined to keep the details surrounding her own pregnancy—including the identity of the baby’s father— hidden from her family and co-workers for as long as possible. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest. The more Grace prods, the tighter Neva holds to her story, and the more the lifelong differences between private, quiet Neva and open, gregarious Grace strain their relationship. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back sixty years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—one which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. As Neva’s pregnancy progresses and speculation makes it harder and harder to conceal the truth, Floss wonders if hiding her own truth is ultimately more harmful than telling it. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

My review: I enjoying reading books about midwives so when I saw that this one was available I had to jump at the chance to read it. This is a new author for me and I was very satisfied with her story. I will be looking for more books by this author. I felt as if the author did a very good job of describing the characters and scenery, I felt like I really got to know them. The way this was written made the book very easy and quick to read. For some readers  you may find the descriptions of the child birth a little much to read but it was fine with me. You must read the book to learn more about the secrets kept by Neva and her grandmother. If you are looking for a light read then this is for you. 

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