Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review-The Midwife's Dilemma by Delia Parr



The Midwife’s Dilemma
By Delia Parr
Publisher: Bethany House


Setting:  1830’s Pennsylvania
The third book in the At Home in Trinity Series.

Widow Martha Cade realizes that only life in Trinity is changing too fast but also in her personal life.  She finds herself struggling with her daughter’s desire to marry the new doctor in town, Dr. Benjamin McMillan, especially since she and the doctor don’t see eye to eye.  She has also been asked by Widower Thomas Dillon to marry him, but up until recently was unsure that was what she wanted to do.  However once he returns from his trip she would give consent to marry him with conditions.

Martha had to find someone to take over her job as midwife before she could marry Thomas because she knew the demands of her job would not be to his liking and the demands on her body were taking their toll.  Martha is having difficulty dealing with the fact she is getting older as are her children and she needs to let them go and try their own wings.  She is finding there are blessings and sorrows in letting them grow up.

Although this book is not fast-paced, it is a book that deals with the inner turmoil of life.  As Martha reflects on things she cannot change and trying to cope with them, I also find myself doing much the same thing.  It also shows even though Martha’s faith in her belief in God is strong, there are times when she has doubt but works through her doubt and regains her balance and faith.

This is truly a book about transitions in life, faith and friendships.  It is well worth reading.
I would like to read more about the transitions taking place in Trinity in the future and life for Martha without being a midwife. 

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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