Book Review: The Midwife’s Dilemma, by Delia Parr

the midwifes dilemma

From the Back Cover

Praise for the At Home in Trinity series!

“The talented Parr has captured the realities of life in the early years of the country, writing a beautiful homage to the midwife, one of the unsung heroes in history. Martha’s passion for her calling shines through the pages.”–Booklist starred review of The Midwife’s Choice

“Fans of Jan Karon’s Mitford series should love Parr’s work.”–Philadelphia Inquirer on The Midwife’s Tale

A Season of Change Brings Uncertainty
But Also the Promise of Even Better Things to Come

Midwife Martha Cade has made up her mind. When Mayor Thomas Dillon returns in February, she is finally going to marry him. Unfortunately, that’s the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it’s changing too fast–from her daughter’s obvious affection for the town’s young doctor to Martha’s growing realization she’ll soon need to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger. Even her beloved town of Trinity seems to be changing daily.

It is a season that will set the course for the rest of her life. Martha will need every ounce of confidence, courage, and faith she possesses to overcome the obstacles that will no doubt arise to make the changes in her life far more challenging and difficult than she can dare to imagine.

“Parr’s splendidly wrought details of life in the 1830s, as well as her vivid descriptions of the life of a midwife, stir the reader’s imagination and compassion. With this stellar novel, Parr neatly concludes her excellent At Home in Trinity trilogy.”Booklist starred review

“Parr’s splendidly wrought details of life in the 1830s, as well as her vivid descriptions of the life of a midwife, stir the reader’s imagination and compassion. With this stellar novel, Parr neatly concludes her excellent At Home in Trinity trilogy.”–Booklist starred review

About the Author

Delia Parr is the author of seventeen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love’s First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida.
My Thoughts:
Two things I have to confess before I offer my thoughts on this book.
1. This is the third book in the series “At Home in Trinity”, and I have not read the first two.
2. I was a little grumpy when I started reading the book.
Okay, now that I have been honest about how things started out with reading this book for a review, I can write my review. 🙂
I was a little annoyed that there was so much backstory at the beginning. I think it was a little much and my preference would have been for a little less, but if you had not read the first two books, (like me) it was somewhat helpful. But if you had read the first books it might have been a little repetitious and boring.
I was also a little annoyed by the whole “dilemma” that the main character faced. Without giving away the story, it just seemed a little ridiculous to me. She just needed to have some faith in her true love and in God, and all the little details would work out. But please keep in mind my aforementioned grumpiness. 🙂
Over all it was a well-written story and I enjoyed in once I got past the backstory issues. There were elements of the story that I appreciated very much. The author was very descriptive and I enjoyed her style of writing.
I would probably recommend reading the first two books in the series before this one to get the greatest enjoyment.
I would give this book a four out of five stars.
Bethany House Publishers provided me this copy of the book for my honest review.
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About Norma Downing

Christian romance author Norma Downing has been writing for years. She writes both contemporary and historical. She currently has a contract with CrossLink Publishing for her first novel, A Promise Made, set in Kansas in 1899.
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