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Monday, September 7, 2015

The Secrets of Midwives...Review

About the book:
A novel about three generations of midwives (a woman, her mother, and her grandmother) and the secrets they keep that push them apart and ultimately bind them together.

The Secrets of Midwives tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world—and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. 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. For Floss, Neva’s grandmother and a retired midwife, Neva’s situation thrusts her back 60 years in time to a secret that eerily mirrors her granddaughter’s—a secret which, if revealed, will have life-changing consequences for them all. Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden?

A story told from the different viewpoints of three generations of midwives. All are midwives. Floss doesn't deliver babies any more. Grace finds herself in a difficult situation after a troublesome delivery. Neva has hidden her own pregnancy for nearly 30 weeks before telling her mother and grandmother.

A story of secrets and family and birth. I liked these characters, I liked the maternal interactions and relationships. I loved Patrick. The alternating viewpoints work here.

Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Sally Hepworth here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/15

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3/5 Stars


  1. From the title, I assumed this was historical fiction and am glad to see it's not - I think I'd like this one.

  2. This sounds so good. Thanks for the review.