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The Midwife Paperback – June 1, 2014
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"Jolina's lyrical storytelling absolutely sings--but it's her quick-paced plot, complex characters, and insights into the Plain world that made it impossible for me to put The Midwife down." ~Leslie Gould, bestselling author of The Amish Midwife
"Masterfully told, The Midwife is a riveting story with enough twists and turns in the plot to surprise any reader -- all while exploring the real ethical, moral, and emotional issues surrounding surrogacy." ~Saloma Miller Furlong, author of Why I Left the Amish and Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds
"The Midwife is a stunning narrative that explores maternal attachment in all its forms." ~Kellie Coates Gilbert, author of A Woman of Fortune and Mother of Pearl
"A story of hope and restoration, The Midwife is a tale to be savored." ~Carla Stewart, award-winning author of Chasing Lilacs and The Hatmaker's Heart
"In The Midwife, Jolina Petersheim's thoughtful storytelling illustrates how God's love can woo us from pain and hiding and into the abundant life He has created." ~Denise Hildreth Jones, bestselling author of Secrets Over Sweet Tea
"Englisch and Mennonite worlds collide in this poetically written story, layered with intrigue, mystery, and redemption. Readers are sure to find the gift of hope in the pages of The Midwife." ~Elizabeth Byler Younts, author Amish Historical of Promise to Return
About the Author
Jolina Petersheim is the bestselling author of The Midwife and The Outcast, which Library Journal called "outstanding . . . fresh and inspirational" in a starred review and named one of the best books of 2013. She holds degrees in English and communication arts from the University of the Cumberlands, and her writing has been featured in venues as varied as radio programs, nonfiction books, and numerous online and print publications. Her blog is syndicated with The Tennessean's "On Nashville" blog roll, and she also blogs weekly with nine other bestselling authors at Southern Belle View. Jolina and her husband share the same unique Amish and Mennonite heritage that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, but now live in the mountains of Tennessee with their young daughter. Follow Jolina and her blog at jolinapetersheim.com.
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I loved Jolina’s first novel and when I could, I obtained The Midwife earlier this year. What I knew to expect would be a wonderful tale, but what I didn’t know was how I would be impacted by the book. While I have never been a surrogate mother, I have been blessed by having two sons with my husband of over 26 years. Just being a woman would be enough to read this novel, allowing it to touch your heart and hope for the best outcome for the characters.
While I cannot tell you how it ends because I don’t want to ruin it for you, what I can say is that it will truly cause your eyes to mist. It will speak to your heart when you read the author’s true life experience when she was writing this novel. Both the novel and author are a testament to how the Lord can mend broken hearts in ways we cannot see and bring joy from pain. The novel is truly inspiring, enjoyable, and one to share with your friends or family.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking about the The Midwife and perhaps also read The Outcast, which I also think is exceptional! The novels are stand alone books that can be read in any order, but don’t miss these wonderful stories! I cannot wait to see what comes next from the pen of Jolina!
Beth Winslow has agreed to be a surrogate for her professor & his wife; she has given birth before, a son, who she gave up for adoption, and she needs funds to complete graduate school, so this seems to be the perfect option. What Beth doesn’t expect is to fall head over heels in love with the child in her womb, a daughter the biological parents decide they don’t want after early tests indicate abnormalities. She chooses to flee to Hopen Haus, and that choice colors the rest of her life with events she could never imagine.
The Midwife is a beautiful, heartbreaking story about motherhood, forgiveness and healing. Although at first I found the story to move more slowly, I came to appreciate the way in which it was told. Alternating between the past with Beth and present with Rhoda and Amelia, the scenes build the story, reaching a culmination that is tinged with both the bitter and the sweet that reconciliation can bring. I love entering a story after the choice has been made – the chips have fallen and maybe it’s not the way the character wanted things to turn out; it’s messy and discordant. Knowing the “what” of the story isn’t as important or compelling as knowing the why and how. In The Midwife, although the reader has some foreknowledge that the characters don’t have, how the characters choose to react to the path that their life has taken is beautiful and compelling.
The first-person narration is top-notch, and I hope that the author continues to use this style – I felt like I knew these characters as real people. I wanted to know them! Even the secondary characters a layered and come with descriptions that brought them to life. The scenes flow seamlessly one to the next, and although the subject matter is realistic and life-like, I read quickly because I couldn’t do otherwise – I was that engrossed in the story.
This is a story about being grateful for the time you have and instead of mourning lost time, rejoicing in what you have now. It’s about new life and re-birth and when you finally let go of bitterness, grasping the blessings that can still come from life’s messes, no matter how much time has passed, no matter how far out of reach that healing might seem. The ending was perfect – no, everything didn’t end perfectly, but it fit the story, bringing things to an end, yet also to a new beginning.
I can’t recommend Jolina Petersheim’s novels enough. The Midwife is another keeper on my shelf and one I will most likely read again, perhaps when I’m a mother myself and can even further appreciate it. If you want a story of the broken and flawed, yet healed and redeemed, you will find it in these pages. Highly recommended!
First you have Beth who becomes surrogate for her professor and his wife. You have Thom and Meredith who are the biological parents and you have a former boyfriend of Beth's and the girls who stay at Hopen Haus.
Beth comes to Hopen Haus to delIver the baby she had carried as a surrogate. When she decides to stay after the baby's birth she learns to become a midwife and stays on.
The story takes place over an 18 year period. It weaves back and forth from 1997 to 2014 with both Beth/Rhoda and one of the girls (Amelia) providing narrative each from their own perspective.
There are some additional characters that are important to the story line but I don't want to be a spoiler. You will have to read it yourself and I'm sure you'll agree it is masterly written.