About Once a Midwife• Paperback: 512 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 6, 2018)
Welcome back to Hope River in USA Today bestselling author Patricia Harman’s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.
The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war…and it can only be a matter of time before the U.S. enters the fray.
And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience’s husband, Daniel, is not. Daniel is a patriot—but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War, and has vowed never to take up arms again.
His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable—to the neighbors who might judge them, and to the government, who imprison Daniel for his beliefs.
Patience must support their family and fight for her husband’s release despite her own misgivings. And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time…relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all through.
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About Patricia HarmanPatricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse-midwife on the faculties of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and West Virginia University. She is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and three novels: the bestselling The Midwife of Hope River, The Reluctant Midwife and The Runaway Midwife. She has three sons and lives near Morgantown, West Virginia.
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The third book in the Hope River Series by Patricia Harman. I hadn't read the previous two and I'm now really looking forward to finding them and getting stuck right into it.
In this third installment we follow the life of Patience Hester, a midwife during World War II.
Right there I became interested, you know I love history and especially anything pertaining to World War I or II.
I also very much enjoy anything to do with midwivery and I absolutely enjoyed this brilliant story.
Patience is an amazing midwive, well respected in their community. Patience's husband Daniel is a patriot to the core, but he has refused to even fathom the idea of joining up if the US have to enter this war. He saw too much and went through a lot during his time served during World War I and is really not eager to repeat it. His decision does not come without grief, as the community looks unfavorably on those that refuse to fight for their country, and at a time where the government imprisons those that do not join, things start looking quite bleak for Patience and her children.
Patience is left to fend for her children alone, while fighting hard to free her husband from jail.
This is a story of a woman with incredible courage and strength, willing to do whatever is needed to provide for her children and her community while struggling to support her husband even though her own beliefs go against his.