The Midwife of Hope RiverPatricia Harman
The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harman follows Patience as an inexperienced midwife to being accepted as a part of the community she was living in. Several reviewers thought the main character was either naïve or a little too hard to believe. I didn't feel that way at all. When the author does reveal the past of Patience, the reader does see that while there were many different experiences, she never fully developed as a character until she became a midwife and part of the community she was living in. Patience goes from being an orphan, to marrying a man who worked for the miner's union and eventually dies, to being inexperienced and many times at the beck and call of the severe weather conditions of the town she was living in which all she had was herself. The character does develop very well considering it takes place over only 1 year and she starts to trust people again after so much loss. I enjoyed the book and was glad I picked it up.