In my little book club we now read the book Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman. Two of us in the book club do not have children and two of us has, and well, I would not have chosen this book by myself because I do not have any interest in books about midwives. I did not know what to expect of this book and I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I’m glad I’m not easily affected by blood and such when I’m reading, if you are then this book might not be a book for you.
Patience Murphy is a midwife in a small and poor town in the U.S during 1930. She tries to survive in the best ways she can, but it’s not easy and she has secrets that could be devastating if they got out.
I loved reading this book! Patricia Harman writes very well and it was easy to get into the story and the characters. I love reading books like this because I feel like I’m learning a lot when reading them. American history is not something I have ever studied in any detail and therefore I really liked this book as it makes the daily lives and the struggle very visible and heartfelt.
I would not recommend it to someone who is pregnant since there’s a lot of births in there, and not all of them ends well. I also would not recommend it to someone who is afraid for birthing or sensitive to reading about blood. But I would recommend it to everybody else!
I like the design of the Swedish book. It tells us it’s a historical novel and I think the composition and colours gives us a bit of hope. I’ve seen other versions of this cover that looked a bit more depressing (woman standing on a bridge, dark themed) and I prefer this one.