Once a Midwife

Once a Midwife

Patricia Harman / Sep 16, 2019

Once a Midwife Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester along with her family and friends face the challenges of the home front duri

  • Title: Once a Midwife
  • Author: Patricia Harman
  • ISBN: Once a Midwife
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  • Page: 351
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  • Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around But though the Great Depression is behind th Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war and it can only be a matter of time before the U.S enters the fray.And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience s husband, Daniel, is not Daniel is a patriot but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War, and has vowed never to take up arms again.His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable to the neighbors who might judge them, and to the government, who imprison Daniel for his beliefs.Patience must support their family and fight for her husband s release despite her own misgivings And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all through Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Paperback, 512 pages Published November 6th 2018 by William Morrow Paperbacks More Details Original Title Once a Midwife ISBN 0062825577 ISBN13 9780062825575 Edition Language English Series Hope River 3 Other Editions 7 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine 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WWII, the family faces challenges in their marriage and in their community Patience s husband, Daniel, having fought in WWI is unwilling to register for the draft After the fighting and brutality he experienced he vowed to never take up arms again Patience wants to support Daniel but sees the need to fight against the tyranny of Hitler and the Japanese, causing conflic I was excited to get reacquainted with Patience Hester after reading the first two books in the Hope River series Set during WWII, the family faces challenges in their marriage and in their community Patience s husband, Daniel, having fought in WWI is unwilling to register for the draft After the fighting and brutality he experienced he vowed to never take up arms again Patience wants to support Daniel but sees the need to fight against the tyranny of Hitler and the Japanese, causing conflict between them.Patience is grateful for the support of her good friend Bitsy, who had recently returned to Hope River Bitsy, when able, also assists Patience in her duties as a midwife.Patience is far from perfect, but she imbraces her role as midwife, friend, mother and wife The novel addresses the sacrifices made during the war, life in a small town and the joys and sorrows of family.Though this is book three of a series, could easily be read without reading the first two books.4.5 stars flag 8 likesLike see review Sep 16, 2018 Carole rated it really liked it Shelves first reads giveaways, historical fiction, read 2018 3.5 rounded up I won this in a giveaway Thank you for the opportunity to read an early copy This is the 3rd book in the Hope River series that I have read Midwife Patience is married and has 4 children The story begins at the beginning of WW2 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor This book is about the war and it s effects on Patience and her family than the previous books about midwifery It is a bit longer too at nearly 500 pages I enjoyed this book, and I felt that it got bett 3.5 rounded up I won this in a giveaway Thank you for the opportunity to read an early copy This is the 3rd book in the Hope River series that I have read Midwife Patience is married and has 4 children The story begins at the beginning of WW2 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor This book is about the war and it s effects on Patience and her family than the previous books about midwifery It is a bit longer too at nearly 500 pages I enjoyed this book, and I felt that it got better as it went along Patience learned through her trials that she had strength and a community of treasured friends This can easily be read as a stand alone book if the first two books in the series haven t been read flag 7 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 26, 2018 Asheley rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook The Hope River Series continues to be one of my favorites and I have waited impatiently for this third installment for what feels like ages When I received a review copy from the publisher, I was THRILLED because I wanted to see how Patience and Daniel, Becky and Isaac were doing in Union County, West Virginia Once A Midwife picks up in November 1941, which is about 5 6 years after The Reluctant Midwife What will eventually be known as World War II is brewing and everyone in the community is The Hope River Series continues to be one of my favorites and I have waited impatiently for this third installment for what feels like ages When I received a review copy from the publisher, I was THRILLED because I wanted to see how Patience and Daniel, Becky and Isaac were doing in Union County, West Virginia Once A Midwife picks up in November 1941, which is about 5 6 years after The Reluctant Midwife What will eventually be known as World War II is brewing and everyone in the community is talking about it Most are eager for the US to become involved and help rid the world of tyranny and then there is Daniel Hester, Patience s husband Daniel served in World War I and while he was a hero, the things that he saw and did left an impression on him that he cannot shake He has sworn that he will never participate in war again and he absolutely means this The community forms clubs and groups dedicated to patriotic service but Daniels declines any participation at all This of course makes people talk and also unfortunately causes friction in his otherwise happy marriage When Daniel refuses to register for the draft, the law becomes involved and soon Daniel s wife and children begin paying for his unpopular beliefs And then Daniel goes to prison.I won t beat around the bush here Once A Midwife was much harder for me to read the the previous two books in this series This one doesn t have the friends helping friends vibe that I loved from the two earlier books set during the Great Depression, where the community had to band together or go without and starve In this book, there was quite a bit of dissension, disagreement, and ill treatment of people with different beliefs and politics, and because Daniel and Patience were on the receiving end of that, it was tough for me to read I love these two I ve followed them across two books previous to this one and over than a decade of trials, tribulations, and very happy times So to see them suffer over anything at this point makes me hurt, regardless of belief and politics HOWEVER, I had honestly never heard of the term conscientious objector before So to learn that is what Daniel technically is fascinated me ONCE AGAIN, Patricia Harman gave me this and a ton of other things to learn all about while I was reading I love that this series introduces me to parts of history that I otherwise didn t know For example, I had also never heard of the Double V campaign As far as birthing and midwifery, which has played a large role in the first two books Patience is still a midwife, but she is practicing so very little now Perhaps this is because people are not wanting to use her services because of her husband s beliefs or perhaps people have moved on to preferring hospitals over midwifery services at this point in history Either way, there are only a few birthing scenes in this book Drastically fewer than in the previous books and perhaps this is why the book is titled what it is It wouldn t be a Hope River book without tackling a few other pertinent issues of the time In particular, I enjoyed the glimpse of how people in this place, during this time, viewed interracial couples and mixed race children I love these characters SO MUCH and I love this little close knit community I so, so appreciate the continued peek into their lives, even as history has moved from the Great Depression into the World War II era But I m hoping for another installment after this one Even though this book does end on a good note, I would love to spend time with Daniel and Patience under less stressful, happy circumstances And I would love to spend some time with Isaac and Becky, who less page time here than I had hoped for I am thankful for Bitsy Proudfoot s space on the page Love her Like the others, this book can certainly stand alone But I would highly recommend that readers start at the beginning of this series to see Daniel and Patience in their true element, when they are most themselves and happy, so they ll fully understand why this period of their lives is so difficult for them and so they ll know all of the colorful cast of characters as well as I do They are all so wonderful GOOD GOLLY this is one of my favorite series I know I keep saying that in each review, on every media platform where I review and talk about these books This one isn t my very favorite of the series, but that s because I love the Depression era Union County community spirit so much and because I generally like reading about World War II less than the Depression Either way, this is good stuff right here and I want please Audiobook Notes In the first book, which was told from Patience s point of view, there was a different narrator Anne Wittman In this installment, Tavia Gilbert narrates She does a good job and I enjoyed the audiobook very much, but I always wonder why narrators are switched mid series when the POV s remain the same If I could offer one critique, I would say that the voice used for Bitsy Proudfoot threw me off every time Bitsy spoke Her character just doesn t strike me as loud or brash as she was portrayed in this audiobook, so every time she spoke, it pulled me out of the story until her scenes were finished Overall, I did enjoy this audio tremendously and I will certainly listen again with future rereads It was totally worth the credit that I spent on it and I would recommend it to others that are interested Title Once A Midwife by Patricia HarmanSeries Hope River 3Narrated by Tavia Gilbert Publisher HarperAudioLength 11 hours, 10 minutes, UnabridgedNote Since I have audiobooks for the previous two books in this series and the audiobook is already published at the time of my blog tour review post, I purchased my own audiobook copy of this book with my own money from Audible so I could alternate listening and reading my print copy, as I have previously done with other titles in this series I received a paperback finished copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review I purchased an audiobook copy of this book with my own money from Audible, Inc Receipt of the complimentary copy does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review Thank you, William Morrow Books Find this review and like it on my blog, Into the Hall of Books flag 6 likesLike see review Sep 03, 2018 Lori rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves giveaway, historical fiction I got this book through the giveaway It is the Third of a series of the Hope River This one takes place as the war in Europe is starting Patience is a mid wife and continues to deliver babies in her area Her husband is the local Veterenerian He has already fought in World War one and has vowed to never fight in combat again When he is told to sign up for the draft he refuses pressure to join comes and he will not go to war considering himself a pacifist The family is haras I got this book through the giveaway It is the Third of a series of the Hope River This one takes place as the war in Europe is starting Patience is a mid wife and continues to deliver babies in her area Her husband is the local Veterenerian He has already fought in World War one and has vowed to never fight in combat again When he is told to sign up for the draft he refuses pressure to join comes and he will not go to war considering himself a pacifist The family is harassed and judged and the Dan the spouse is eventually jailed for his refusal This book takes place over a year and a half since it is a third book of the series, there are references to the other two books but it is still easy enough to follow this book without reading the other two A pretty good read For those who have read the first two books will probably like this third installment flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 09, 2018 Sharon Huether rated it it was amazing Shelves family, first reads, historical novel, midwife, wwii During the war years 1940 1945 Patience Hester shares her experiences of midwifery, mother, wife and homemaker in the Hope river area.Her husband Daniel, takes a stand for his beliefs.I won this Free book though First Reads.Thankyou for sending me this heartwarming book flag 2 likesLike see review Sep 03, 2018 Carol rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018 reads I wept so many times in this book for joy and for heartache People s lives are hard and become much harder after our country s entry into World War II There s rationing and a lack of strong young men to do manual labor and to help raise their families Daniel is a pacifist he s been through the Great War and seen the horrors and declines to register for the draft His wife Patience is a midwife with a past as an activist Their beliefs are both strong and test their marriage This wonderful I wept so many times in this book for joy and for heartache People s lives are hard and become much harder after our country s entry into World War II There s rationing and a lack of strong young men to do manual labor and to help raise their families Daniel is a pacifist he s been through the Great War and seen the horrors and declines to register for the draft His wife Patience is a midwife with a past as an activist Their beliefs are both strong and test their marriage This wonderful book takes us back to a time when family members had chores and worked hard but also enjoyed a much fuller life than most of us do now A lifesyle that strengthens family bonds It wasn t always easy it wasn t always fair but it was a full life I m left with a renewed hope and love for this world of ours.Thank you to for a copy for my review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 29, 2019 Teri Pre rated it it was ok Shelves 2019 reads I listened to this and almost gave up a dozen times The narrator has a pleasant enough voiceexcept when she sings, and I swear that half of the book was made up of songs Putting that aside, Ms Harman was trying WAY too hard to make a political statement by tying things from WW2 to the news of today It didn t work And the conflict between Patience and Daniel was done in a heavy handed way in some parts and barely skimmed over in others I liked the previous books but I doubt that I ll be I listened to this and almost gave up a dozen times The narrator has a pleasant enough voiceexcept when she sings, and I swear that half of the book was made up of songs Putting that aside, Ms Harman was trying WAY too hard to make a political statement by tying things from WW2 to the news of today It didn t work And the conflict between Patience and Daniel was done in a heavy handed way in some parts and barely skimmed over in others I liked the previous books but I doubt that I ll be reading listening to another by this author flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 04, 2018 CLM rated it liked it Shelves 20th century, historicalfiction, poor but honest, series, united states, wwii An appealing glimpse of small town life in West Virginia just prior to WWII, told from the perspective of local midwife Patience Hester, her conscientious objector husband, and their busy family Here is a link to my review flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 30, 2018 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing The drums of war still roar, but even in these dark times, the hope is still there I loved this book so much wonderful flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 10, 2019 Regina Spiker rated it really liked it Shelves wv, midwifes, midwifery, hope river series, world war ll, conscientious objector, race issues, rural america, historical fiction, pacifist Hope River series 1 The Midwife of Hope River 2 The Reluctant Midwife 3 Once a Midwife flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 09, 2018 Vivian rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, review copy, blog tour, tlc book tours, historical fiction I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Author Patricia Harman returns to Hope River, West Virginia and the Hester family in the early 1940s with her latest addition to the Hope River Series Once A Midwife Adolph Hitler and the Nazis are overtaking most of Europe, the United States is initially practicing isolationism from the European conflict until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the country is still reeling from the Great Depression Patience Hester i I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Author Patricia Harman returns to Hope River, West Virginia and the Hester family in the early 1940s with her latest addition to the Hope River Series Once A Midwife Adolph Hitler and the Nazis are overtaking most of Europe, the United States is initially practicing isolationism from the European conflict until the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the country is still reeling from the Great Depression Patience Hester is still a practicing midwife and her husband, Daniel, is still working as a veterinarian Their family consists of their two biological children, Danny and Mira, along with their adopted twin daughters Sunny and Sue Bitsy Proudfoot, Patience s friend, trainee and former roommate, returns to Hope River to with her ward, Willie Bitsy and Willie, along with the Hesters are making the best of their situations and hoping and praying that war will not come to West Virginia Their hopes are dashed with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and men from their community and surrounding communities are eager to do their part, signing up to fight, except for Daniel Hester Daniel refuses to sign up for the draft and isn t eager to return to war after the Great War or World War I He witnessed first hand the atrocities man commits against man and animal alike and he doesn t want to have a part in perpetuating those acts of inhumanity and insanity Needless to say, this causes problems for Daniel in the community as well as with Patience and his own son Patience has a hard time understanding Daniel s pacifism but is determined to stand by his side Their son, Danny, initially feels that his father is being cowardly until Daniel tries to explain to the children the reason for his actions The looming question on everyone s mind is will Daniel be sent to prison for his actions and if so, for how long and where will he go For Patience, the question becomes can she continue to stand by her husband if she doesn t agree with his decision when she s the one that will bear the brunt of the work and fallout afterward Does she have the strength to do what needs to be done to keep her family going forward As the men of Hope River and beyond go off to war, the women are left to tend the farms and families while worrying about loved ones far, far away Can they stay strong in the midst of these trying times Once a Midwife is the third book in the Hope River series by Patricia Harman and this book packed quite an emotional punch Mr Harman touches on a number of topics and themes throughout the story, such as pacifism in times of war, family solidarity, local prisoner of war camps, and even interracial relationships and marriage This wasn t an easy read partially due to the subject matter presented and due to a bout with vertigo that caused a brief hospitalization, chronic daily migraine headaches, and a sinus infection hey, if you re going to get sick, do it right , but it was one that I found to be touching, emotional, and even enjoyable I m always eager to read books featuring West Virginia, even if it is with a fictional town and fictional characters I ve read and re read the Hope River series by Ms Harman and was looking forward to reading Once a Midwife and it did not disappoint me I enjoyed the historical tidbits, the characters, and even the mountain settings West Virginia is a gorgeous statecome by for a visit sometime Ms Harman has an adept way of pulling the reader into the day to day lives of her characters and investing the reader into the characters and story s final outcome If you ve read any of the books in the Hope River series then I highly recommend you grab a copy of Once a Midwife to read If you haven t read any of the previous books in this series, start with The Midwife of Hope River and The Reluctant Midwife before reading Once A Midwife This historical fiction series is one that I consider a mustreadseries and I hope you ll agree.This review originally posted on 12 06 2018 at flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Brenda rated it it was amazing Once A Midwife Hope River 3 by Patricia Harman 5 strong pointsWhat a great book So very interesting It s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II Her husband is a conscientious objector but won t register for the draft as one He served during World War I and he absolutely doesn t want to kill anyone He puts his family in a very uncomfortable position as he an be jailed for this Bitsy, Patience s old friend comes back to Hope River and she Once A Midwife Hope River 3 by Patricia Harman 5 strong pointsWhat a great book So very interesting It s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II Her husband is a conscientious objector but won t register for the draft as one He served during World War I and he absolutely doesn t want to kill anyone He puts his family in a very uncomfortable position as he an be jailed for this Bitsy, Patience s old friend comes back to Hope River and she helps a lot with the midwife business and supports her friend Bitsy happens to be African American She brings a young man with her who she treats as her son She does get a job in the factory that makes things for the war, falls in love with the boss who happens to be white and that s another problem because they wish to marry That in many states is illegal The story was very interesting from the beginning to the end I found the book enthralling and a fast read I loved the book I have never read the other books in this series and that didn t keep me from enjoying this book I do hope at some point to read the others Great book I receive the book from Good Reads and the publisher as promotional material for which I m publishing this review which is my own opinion.Description as Found On Good Reads Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II.The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around But though the Great Depression is behind them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war and it can only be a matter of time before the U.S enters the fray.And while some are eager to join the fight, Patience s husband, Daniel, is not Daniel is a patriot but he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War, and has vowed never to take up arms again.His stance leaves Patience and their four children vulnerable to the neighbors who might judge them, and to the government, who imprison Daniel for his beliefs.Patience must support their family and fight for her husband s release despite her own misgivings And with need greater than ever, she must also keep her practice running during this tumultuous time relying on generous friends, like Bitsy, who has returned to Hope River, stalwart neighbors, and her own indomitable strength to see them all thro flag Like see review Dec 14, 2018 Sue rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction This novel is about a midwife in Hope River, West Virginia during WWII It is book 3 in the Hope River series and can be read as a stand alone with minimal confusion However, there were a few places in the book that I wished I had read the series in order so I plan to read the first two books to answer my questions.Patience is a midwife in a small town She lives there with her husband Daniel, a veterinarian, and their 4 children She is well known as a midwife in the area and the women trust h This novel is about a midwife in Hope River, West Virginia during WWII It is book 3 in the Hope River series and can be read as a stand alone with minimal confusion However, there were a few places in the book that I wished I had read the series in order so I plan to read the first two books to answer my questions.Patience is a midwife in a small town She lives there with her husband Daniel, a veterinarian, and their 4 children She is well known as a midwife in the area and the women trust her to deliver their babies When World War II starts, life in their small town changes War becomes the main topic of conversation and everyone is willing to make sacrifices to show their patriotism Even though most of the local men are willing to sign up for the military to go fight, Patience s husband is just the opposite He had seen bloodshed during the first world war and vowed to never kill again The people in the area many of them his friends judge him to be a coward but he stands his ground even to the point of being imprisoned by the US government for his pacifist beliefs Can Patience continue to support her husband even though she doesn t understand him Can she keep her family and their farm intact during this tumultuous time in their community I enjoyed reading about Patience and her family and plan to read the first two books I thought that this book was too long and would been effective at a shorter length but I did find it interesting to read about delivering babies at home during this time period.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review All opinions are my own flag Like see review Dec 11, 2018 Carolyn Lind rated it really liked it Shelves historical fiction, historical fiction america, fiction Rating this 3.6 rounded up to 4 Since it has been awhile since reading the other two books in this series, the frequent duplication is tolerable than it would have been if those stories were still fresh But in any case, the book is long and attempts to keep readers informed of the past happenings, make it even longer Instead, I would recommend that readers first read the first two books rather than starting with this one, as the snatches from the past are not really sufficient anyway W Rating this 3.6 rounded up to 4 Since it has been awhile since reading the other two books in this series, the frequent duplication is tolerable than it would have been if those stories were still fresh But in any case, the book is long and attempts to keep readers informed of the past happenings, make it even longer Instead, I would recommend that readers first read the first two books rather than starting with this one, as the snatches from the past are not really sufficient anyway While there are some elements of strength in the story s ending, it felt simplistic and perhaps not congruent with earlier depiction of a main character As a member of one of the historic peace churches mentioned in the book, I was intrigued with the story s inclusion of a pacifist position that goes even further than that of our church After WWI our church was able to establish a Conscientious Objector status for its members that offered a choice for pacifists in WWII It was obvious that the author had researched this and did a good job integrating those facts into the story This story reminds me that during the Vietnam War, some Mennonites also went beyond the scope of the church government agreement and chose to not pay war taxes But the stand taken by the pacifist in this book was new to me flag Like see review Nov 21, 2018 Lynne Spreen rated it liked it review of another edition I loved the first two books in this series, so much so that I preordered this one and leapt on it as soon as it came out The premise is so great a midwife in a very small southern town in the 1940s, dealing with difficult births, racism, politics, and human drama.But I m sorry to say this book has lost a little steam It s not as in depth for example, the baby births are like, I helped Mrs Smith deliver a set of twins today, rather than I arrived at the Smith s farmhouse to find her I loved the first two books in this series, so much so that I preordered this one and leapt on it as soon as it came out The premise is so great a midwife in a very small southern town in the 1940s, dealing with difficult births, racism, politics, and human drama.But I m sorry to say this book has lost a little steam It s not as in depth for example, the baby births are like, I helped Mrs Smith deliver a set of twins today, rather than I arrived at the Smith s farmhouse to find her husband signalling me wildly from the porch Also, many interesting scenes are glossed over and told in retrospective dialogue see highlights.This story is mostly about a frustrated Patience reacting to her husband s pacifism in the face of WWII There is less happening in this book, weather and waiting It picks up in the second half, and I still appreciate the setting and premise But if there s going to be a book 4, I d suggest going back to Patience as the driver of the story, and take the time to get into the various scenes instead of telling us about them after the fact flag Like see review Nov 01, 2018 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it I admit to being a Harman fan and that I was very much looking forward to this latest installment but it s fine as a standalone with Patience, the midwife in Hope River, a tough town in West Virginia Patience copes with than babies over the course of the 1941 1942 Her husband Daniel, the town veterinarian, is a pacifist who served in WWI and now refuses to register for the draft If there s a weak spot in this novel its that a lighter hand and on the rise of Hitler where it s clear tha I admit to being a Harman fan and that I was very much looking forward to this latest installment but it s fine as a standalone with Patience, the midwife in Hope River, a tough town in West Virginia Patience copes with than babies over the course of the 1941 1942 Her husband Daniel, the town veterinarian, is a pacifist who served in WWI and now refuses to register for the draft If there s a weak spot in this novel its that a lighter hand and on the rise of Hitler where it s clear that Harman is trying to draw some parallels would have made the impact larger as Patience and their children cope with the ramification of his decisions A lot happens over the year, and one of the best things is that Bitsy, Patience s friend, comes back to town, bringing her ward Will with her and integration begins in town You ll meet some of the women Patience delivers, a good Sheriff, and a host of others Thanks to Edelweiss for the ARC Well written and thoughtful about the issues facing many during times of war flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Sheila rated it liked it Patience Hester and her husband are parents of four young children in Hope River Patience is the local midwife and Daniel is the local veterinarian WWII breaks out and many young men are signing up for the war Daniel served in WWI, joining when he was just 18 and vowed he would never join a war effort again He was in charge of a number of horses during that first war and grieved for their death Patience does not agree with his beliefs but she loves her husband When many community members l Patience Hester and her husband are parents of four young children in Hope River Patience is the local midwife and Daniel is the local veterinarian WWII breaks out and many young men are signing up for the war Daniel served in WWI, joining when he was just 18 and vowed he would never join a war effort again He was in charge of a number of horses during that first war and grieved for their death Patience does not agree with his beliefs but she loves her husband When many community members learn of his stand, he finds some support him while others don t This leads to some difficult situations for the couple but also for their children When Daniel is arrested and sent to prison, Patience faces some difficult situations with weather storms and it s resulting damage as a result She struggles with her husband s decision and tries to remain strong but money is running out and with the weathers damage, she fears for their survival.An enjoyable book and I look forward to reading the next book in this series flag Like see review Jan 12, 2019 Denise rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways I think if it had a different title it might sell books, although there were babies being delivered there was much There were family dynamics, where a teen age son didn t want to listen to his mother There were race relations with a white man crossing the state line so he could marry a black woman but then he claimed he went back into his family and found he was 10 % black.The husband, during WWII going to jail because he refused to sign up for the draft, even tho he was of the age I think if it had a different title it might sell books, although there were babies being delivered there was much There were family dynamics, where a teen age son didn t want to listen to his mother There were race relations with a white man crossing the state line so he could marry a black woman but then he claimed he went back into his family and found he was 10 % black.The husband, during WWII going to jail because he refused to sign up for the draft, even tho he was of the age he probably would have never been drafted He was sent to prison leaving Patience to care for their four children and the livestock and the storms that wrecked the barn roof and tore the porch off the house.Patience looking back on the past year said, I don t want to remember, but I m sure I will It exhausts to think of the memories I ll carry for the rest of my life, rocks in a knapsack flag Like see review Jan 10, 2019 Briana rated it really liked it I won Once A Midwife in a contest Thank you for the chance to read and review This book takes place at the beginning of World War II Daniel, Patience s husband, decides he is a pacifist and eventually ends up in prison Patience struggles with her husband s decision and with keeping up with the farm and her practice This book doesn t focus as much on midwifery It is about the troubles the war is causing for her and her family and the surrounding town There were a couple of t I won Once A Midwife in a contest Thank you for the chance to read and review This book takes place at the beginning of World War II Daniel, Patience s husband, decides he is a pacifist and eventually ends up in prison Patience struggles with her husband s decision and with keeping up with the farm and her practice This book doesn t focus as much on midwifery It is about the troubles the war is causing for her and her family and the surrounding town There were a couple of times where the book was a bit slow Read a good bit into it before it slowed down for me and then it picked back up towards the end It was a great read still It had me thinking about the hard times Patience went through and even with her bout of bad luck she pushed on I recommend reading the other two in the series before this one just to know what Patience has gone through, but you can read this as a stand alone also flag Like see review Jan 05, 2019 Freda Witt rated it really liked it Very good book, but not at all what I expected I thought it would be about women delivering babies, but it is so much It takes place in a very rural area, just when Hitler is coming into power There are many mixed feelings about whether we should go to war, then Peral Harbon was bombed The midwife s husband says he will not fight again, and his wife se retly thinks he isn t patriotic He is called, but chose a 2 year jail term It talks about the Jews being rounded up Many people thoug Very good book, but not at all what I expected I thought it would be about women delivering babies, but it is so much It takes place in a very rural area, just when Hitler is coming into power There are many mixed feelings about whether we should go to war, then Peral Harbon was bombed The midwife s husband says he will not fight again, and his wife se retly thinks he isn t patriotic He is called, but chose a 2 year jail term It talks about the Jews being rounded up Many people thought that wasn t really happening The Japanese were rounded up and put in internment camps, losing every thing they had The Midwife s best friend is black, and gets pregnant by a white man They want to get married, but it s against the law in most places They get around the law by saying he is 1 8th black flag Like see review Nov 23, 2018 Shannan rated it liked it While I absolutely adore this midwife series of books from Patricia Harmon, I have to admit that I didn t love this one as much I love the historical fiction aspect of the previous books really putting in to context the hardships of the Great Depression Prohibition era This book didn t transport me into WWII era as much as I had hoped In anticipation of this book coming out, I reread the first Hope River book but as it turns out I didnt need to because Harman spends a good portion of each While I absolutely adore this midwife series of books from Patricia Harmon, I have to admit that I didn t love this one as much I love the historical fiction aspect of the previous books really putting in to context the hardships of the Great Depression Prohibition era This book didn t transport me into WWII era as much as I had hoped In anticipation of this book coming out, I reread the first Hope River book but as it turns out I didnt need to because Harman spends a good portion of each chapter recapping what happened in previous books it was a bit annoying and redundant I kind of hoped that Harman would combine Patience and Becky s stories together for this book since book 1 and 2 were individual stories but instead, Becky was completely dismissed Bummer While I sincerely enjoy rereading Book 1 and 2, I don t think I will reread this one in the future flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Melissa rated it it was ok My ears read this book, via an audiobook and to be quite honest, this was a horrible story to listen to I have never experienced a book like this, one which the author feels the need to add so many songs into their story Not just mention of a song that the characters may be singing or listening to, but actually verse upon verse of dozens of songs Perhaps reading this book, it would not have been as irritTing, but listening to the narrator sing was aggravating beyond belief Truly not sure w My ears read this book, via an audiobook and to be quite honest, this was a horrible story to listen to I have never experienced a book like this, one which the author feels the need to add so many songs into their story Not just mention of a song that the characters may be singing or listening to, but actually verse upon verse of dozens of songs Perhaps reading this book, it would not have been as irritTing, but listening to the narrator sing was aggravating beyond belief Truly not sure why I continued listening But once so many hours are already invested, you want to finish the story and not leave it undone Would I recommend this as an audiobook A resounding NO In print format.possibly But wasn t overly thrilled with the book on a whole flag Like see review Nov 06, 2018 Ashley Hasty rated it liked it This is a quick and easy read It is not bogged down in too many heavy historic details or complicated prose It is a good book to choose if you just want something you can read quickly and not have to think too hard I think this might be a good book for people who think they don t like historical fiction What I loved about this book is that it brought to focus many aspects of WWII that other novels tend to avoid Two in particular that I found interesting were 1 Daniel s character who refus This is a quick and easy read It is not bogged down in too many heavy historic details or complicated prose It is a good book to choose if you just want something you can read quickly and not have to think too hard I think this might be a good book for people who think they don t like historical fiction What I loved about this book is that it brought to focus many aspects of WWII that other novels tend to avoid Two in particular that I found interesting were 1 Daniel s character who refused to sign up for the draft 2 the fact that the US brought over POWs from Germany who often were used as labor on farms.For about this book, visit flag Like see review Jan 22, 2019 Linda grimes rated it liked it I really value the books I get through giveaways They often introduce me to authors and settings that I might not find otherwise This book takes place in rural West Virginia at the start of World War II It is also the third book in a series about the Hope River residents I have not read the other volumes, but think they span the time through the first world war and the Depression and cover midwifery in depth Although it is possible to read this as a standalone, I am sure that I really value the books I get through giveaways They often introduce me to authors and settings that I might not find otherwise This book takes place in rural West Virginia at the start of World War II It is also the third book in a series about the Hope River residents I have not read the other volumes, but think they span the time through the first world war and the Depression and cover midwifery in depth Although it is possible to read this as a standalone, I am sure that starting with volume one would make a big difference in my reading pleasure I will read the earlier books and revisit this review afterwards I expect the rating will go up to a 4 Meanwhile, I did enjoy this book and will look forward to learnine about the residents of Hope River flag Like see review Dec 04, 2018 patricia rated it it was amazing Patience is married to Daniel and has both adopted children and one of her own Bitsy has returned with a ward The book opens on the eve of WWII Daniel who saw great horror in the Great War refuses to even register for the draft He could end up in prison Patience is still practicing midwifery Patricia Harmon seems to capture the home front, the plight of pacificts, and hints of the future of midwifery Worrying is the question of will Daniel go to prison and how will Patience cope with the Patience is married to Daniel and has both adopted children and one of her own Bitsy has returned with a ward The book opens on the eve of WWII Daniel who saw great horror in the Great War refuses to even register for the draft He could end up in prison Patience is still practicing midwifery Patricia Harmon seems to capture the home front, the plight of pacificts, and hints of the future of midwifery Worrying is the question of will Daniel go to prison and how will Patience cope with the farm, the children, and her practice Once A Midwife was great hopefully there will be flag Like see review Sep 18, 2018 S.L rated it really liked it Shelves giveaways arcs A 3rd installment of a book By Patricia Harman This book takes place in the early 1940 s, when Patience Hester was a midwife in West Va The book was sad, as times were so hard for many during that time Not only did she deal with being a Mid wife, but pressures in her own family, especially when her husband, Daniel, refuses to go to war after severing previously He then has to deal with the backlash from the community.Even though I did not read the first 2 books of this installment, I was sti A 3rd installment of a book By Patricia Harman This book takes place in the early 1940 s, when Patience Hester was a midwife in West Va The book was sad, as times were so hard for many during that time Not only did she deal with being a Mid wife, but pressures in her own family, especially when her husband, Daniel, refuses to go to war after severing previously He then has to deal with the backlash from the community.Even though I did not read the first 2 books of this installment, I was still able to follow and understand some of the past.I won this in a giveaway Thanks flag Like see review Dec 06, 2018 Denise Chojnacki rated it really liked it Shelves fiction Patricia Harman has a way of sucking me into her books A lot of her writing involves characters from times that are hard during the war or challenging circumstances It is by no means a light, uplifting read However, the characters, as well as the times, are realistic and there is enough hope and good storyline to keep you going This book was long in pages but I finished it in a relatively short amount of time as I looked forward to picking it up when I could The ending was very satisfying Patricia Harman has a way of sucking me into her books A lot of her writing involves characters from times that are hard during the war or challenging circumstances It is by no means a light, uplifting read However, the characters, as well as the times, are realistic and there is enough hope and good storyline to keep you going This book was long in pages but I finished it in a relatively short amount of time as I looked forward to picking it up when I could The ending was very satisfying I look forward to in the future flag Like see review Jan 19, 2019 Karen rated it really liked it I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work, set in rural WV during the early years of WWII Written as a sort of memoir, the narrator is a rural midwife who as a younger woman was a radical union organizer, but now in her second marriage to a veterinarian has several children and is living on a farm outside a small town in the WV mountains, helping women in the area deliver their babies The themes of the the book racism, super patriotism, bullying, and fear of the other resonate now as we deal w I thoroughly enjoyed reading this work, set in rural WV during the early years of WWII Written as a sort of memoir, the narrator is a rural midwife who as a younger woman was a radical union organizer, but now in her second marriage to a veterinarian has several children and is living on a farm outside a small town in the WV mountains, helping women in the area deliver their babies The themes of the the book racism, super patriotism, bullying, and fear of the other resonate now as we deal with those very same issues across the country flag Like see review Jan 18, 2019 Rlk Kapitan rated it it was ok I really enjoyed the first book in this series and found this to be lacking The flashbacks to the previous book used whole passages verbatim and I m not sure why an editor allowed that to happen The main character, Patience, lacked the charm she d possessed in the first book I still enjoyed the historical qualities, but it feels much forced than the first book in the series There was also less midwifery and the book was less enjoyable without it Some of the character development and pl I really enjoyed the first book in this series and found this to be lacking The flashbacks to the previous book used whole passages verbatim and I m not sure why an editor allowed that to happen The main character, Patience, lacked the charm she d possessed in the first book I still enjoyed the historical qualities, but it feels much forced than the first book in the series There was also less midwifery and the book was less enjoyable without it Some of the character development and plot elements felt unrealistic The settings and atmospherics were the best of the book here flag Like see review Jan 03, 2019 Karly Drake rated it it was amazing Another wonderful book in a series I didn t expect to enjoy Midwifes And not the British series ones OK, it s a book group choiceand now I have gone down the rabbit hole of all of her books I love coming back to Hope River and re visiting these fine characters She tackles some very challenging concepts of pacifism, contentious observers, the panic and propaganda of war, all wrapped up in the harsh and sweet clothe of a beautifully crafted book Read them all So pleased to end the year w Another wonderful book in a series I didn t expect to enjoy Midwifes And not the British series ones OK, it s a book group choiceand now I have gone down the rabbit hole of all of her books I love coming back to Hope River and re visiting these fine characters She tackles some very challenging concepts of pacifism, contentious observers, the panic and propaganda of war, all wrapped up in the harsh and sweet clothe of a beautifully crafted book Read them all So pleased to end the year with this fine and lovely book flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers 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    Once a Midwife Hope River by Patricia Harman Once A Midwife Hope River by Patricia Harman strong points What a great book So very interesting It s about Patience Hester a midwife who has a practice during the beginning of World War II Her husband is a conscientious objector but won t register for the draft as one. Once a Midwife Patricia Harman Paperback It s Call the Midwife set in the U.S homefront during World War II If you loved Patricia Harman s Midwife of Hope River you ll love Once a Midwife The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. Once a Midwife A Hope River Novel readinggroupguides Once a Midwife A Hope River Novel by Patricia Harman Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II. Once a Midwife A Hope River Novel It s Call the Midwife set in the U.S homefront during World War II If you loved Patricia Harman s Midwife of Hope River you ll love Once a Midwife The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. Once a Midwife Book Review Hasty Book List Reading Once a Midwife by Patricia Harman in Downtown Historic St Charles, MO The story focuses on Patience Hester, she is the midwife in a small town called Hope River in West Virginia The United States is on the brink of WWII aha you say. ONCE A MIDWIFE Reading Group Choices Patricia Harman, CNM, got her start as a lay midwife on rural communes and went on to become a nurse midwife on the faculties of Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University, and Once A Midwife Book King County Library System Once A Midwife Book Harman, Patricia Though the Great Depression is behind the them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war It is only be a matter of time before the U.S enters the fray In the town of Hope River, midwife Patience Hester s husband, Daniel has vowed never to take up arms again he saw too much bloodshed during the First World War. Once a midwife Book, WorldCat Once a midwife Patricia Harman Though the Great Depression is behind the them, troubles are not, for Europe is at war It is only be a matter of time before the U.S enters the fray. Historical Fiction Giveaway Once a Midwife by Patricia Once a Midwife by Patricia Harman Welcome back to Hope River in New York Times bestselling author Patricia Harman s newest novel as midwife Patience Hester, along with her family and friends, face the challenges of the home front during World War II. The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around. Once a Midwife A Hope River Novel It s Call the Midwife set in the U.S homefront during World War II If you loved Patricia Harman s Midwife of Hope River you ll love Once a Midwife The women of Hope River trust midwife Patience Hester, whose skill in delivering babies is known for miles around.

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        Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center.

        She spent over a decade in the sixties and seventies in her wild youth living in rural communes in Washington Tolstoy Farm , Connecticut

        Patricia Harman has spent over thirty years caring for women as a midwife, first as a lay midwife, delivering babies in cabins and on communal farms in West Virginia, and later as a nurse midwife in teaching hospitals and in a community hospital birthing center.

        She spent over a decade in the sixties and seventies in her wild youth living in rural communes in Washington Tolstoy Farm , Connecticut The Committee for Non Violent Action and Minnesota Free Folk During the Vietnam years, she and her husband, Tom Harman, traveled the country, often hitch hiking, as they looked for a place to settle In 1974 they purchased a farm with a group of like minded friends on top of a ridge in Roane County, West Virginia Here on the commune, they built log houses, dug a pond, grew and preserved their own food and started the Growing Tree Natural Foods Cooperative.

        It was during this time that Patsy attended her first home birth, or less by accident Some people are destined, she has written I was staying at a woman friend s commune when she went into labor and I ended up delivering my first baby Soon after, Harman traveled to Austin, Texas to train with a collective of home birth midwives When she returned, she became one of the founding members of The West Virginia Cooperative of Midwives Her passion for caring for women and babies led her to become an RN as the first step in getting licensed as certified nurse midwife In 1985, with her children, a yowling cat and her husband she traveled north, pulling a broken down trailer to begin her training at the University of Minnesota where she received her MSN in Nurse Midwifery.

        For the past twenty years, Ms Harman has been a nurse midwife on the faculty of The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University and most recently West Virginia University In 1998 she went into private practice with her husband, Tom, an OB Gyn, in Morgantown, West Virginia Here they devoted their lives to caring for women and bringing babies into the world in a gentle way.

        When, in 2003, the cost of liability insurance for Obstetrics sky rocketed from 70,000 a year to 110,000, the Harman s decided to give up deliveries Though many loyal patients grieved the loss of their favorite mid wife physician team, the change in life style gave the author time to begin writing her first book, The Blue Cotton Gown A Midwife s Memoir.

        Patricia Harman still lives and works with her husband, Ob Gyn Thomas Harman, in Morgantown, West Virginia at their clinic, Partners in Women s Health Care Though she no longer attends births, she provides care for women in early pregnancy and through out the life span She brings to this work the same dedication and compassion she brought to obstetrics


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    1. I was excited to get reacquainted with Patience Hester after reading the first two books in the Hope River series Set during WWII, the family faces challenges in their marriage and in their community Patience s husband, Daniel, having fought in WWI is unwilling to register for the draft After the fighting and brutality he experienced he vowed to never take up arms again Patience wants to support Daniel but sees the need to fight against the tyranny of Hitler and the Japanese, causing conflic I w [...]


    2. 3.5 rounded up I won this in a giveaway Thank you for the opportunity to read an early copy This is the 3rd book in the Hope River series that I have read Midwife Patience is married and has 4 children The story begins at the beginning of WW2 and the bombing of Pearl Harbor This book is about the war and it s effects on Patience and her family than the previous books about midwifery It is a bit longer too at nearly 500 pages I enjoyed this book, and I felt that it got bett 3.5 rounded up I won [...]


    3. The Hope River Series continues to be one of my favorites and I have waited impatiently for this third installment for what feels like ages When I received a review copy from the publisher, I was THRILLED because I wanted to see how Patience and Daniel, Becky and Isaac were doing in Union County, West Virginia Once A Midwife picks up in November 1941, which is about 5 6 years after The Reluctant Midwife What will eventually be known as World War II is brewing and everyone in the community is The [...]


    4. I got this book through the giveaway It is the Third of a series of the Hope River This one takes place as the war in Europe is starting Patience is a mid wife and continues to deliver babies in her area Her husband is the local Veterenerian He has already fought in World War one and has vowed to never fight in combat again When he is told to sign up for the draft he refuses pressure to join comes and he will not go to war considering himself a pacifist The family is haras I got this book thro [...]


    5. During the war years 1940 1945 Patience Hester shares her experiences of midwifery, mother, wife and homemaker in the Hope river area.Her husband Daniel, takes a stand for his beliefs.I won this Free book though First Reads.Thankyou for sending me this heartwarming book.


    6. I wept so many times in this book for joy and for heartache People s lives are hard and become much harder after our country s entry into World War II There s rationing and a lack of strong young men to do manual labor and to help raise their families Daniel is a pacifist he s been through the Great War and seen the horrors and declines to register for the draft His wife Patience is a midwife with a past as an activist Their beliefs are both strong and test their marriage This wonderful I wept s [...]


    7. I listened to this and almost gave up a dozen times The narrator has a pleasant enough voiceexcept when she sings, and I swear that half of the book was made up of songs Putting that aside, Ms Harman was trying WAY too hard to make a political statement by tying things from WW2 to the news of today It didn t work And the conflict between Patience and Daniel was done in a heavy handed way in some parts and barely skimmed over in others I liked the previous books but I doubt that I ll be I listene [...]


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