For nearly two hundred years, women in Ashley Tolliver’s family have practiced the art of midwifery in their mountain community. Now she wants to take her skills a step further, but attending medical school means abandoning those women to whom she has dedicated her life, the mountains she loves, and the awakening of her heart.
Ashley Tolliver has tended to the women of her small Appalachian community for years. As their midwife, she thinks she has seen it all. Until a young woman gives birth at Ashley’s home and is abducted just as Ashley tries to take the dangerously bleeding mother to the nearest hospital. Now Ashley is on a mission to find the woman and her newborn baby . . . before it’s too late.
Hunter McDermott is on a quest—to track down his birth mother. After receiving more media attention than he could ever want for being in the right place at the right time, he receives a mysterious phone call from a woman claiming to be his mother. Hunter seeks out the aid of the local midwife in the mountain town where the phone call originated—surely she can shed some light on his own family background.
Ashley isn’t prepared for the way Hunter’s entrance into her world affects her heart and her future. He reignites dreams of having her own family that she has long put aside in favor of earning her medical degree and being able to do even more for her community. But is it commitment to her calling or fear of the unknown that keeps her feet firmly planted in the Appalachian soil? Or is it something more—fear of her growing feelings for Hunter—that makes her hesitant to explore the world beyond the mountains?
|Contributor(s)||Laurie Alice Eakes|
|About the Contributor(s)||Laurie Alice Eakes
Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University. She now has nearly two dozen books in print. Laurie Alice lives with her husband in Houston, Texas, with sundry lovable dogs and cats.
|Publish Date||Dec 15, 2015|
- Review by Sally
By: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Zondervan Fiction
Ashley Tolliver’s women folk have helped deliver babies in the Appalachia’s for generations so it only seemed natural that Ashley would follow in their footsteps.
Ashley feels with being a mid-wife she has pretty much seen everything from drugs to poverty, but was completely taken by surprise when she helped a young woman give birth in the middle of the night and as Ashley was making arrangements for the baby and the mother, who was profusely bleeding, to go to the hospital they are abducted. Ashley must find the baby and her mother before it is too late.
Hunter McDermott finds out his parents are not his birth parents and is now trying to find his real birth mother. He receives a mysterious call from a woman claiming to be his birth mother from somewhere in Virginia. He finds in his journey the people in the Appalachian Community are not very trusting of outsiders, so he turns to Ashley to help him find the mid-wife who delivered him in hopes he can find his mother before it’s too late
Life for Hunter and Ashley become entangled they search for the young mother and her child and Hunter’s birth-mother while dealing with their feelings for each other.
This is a book filled with love, forgiveness and second chances. As Hunter struggles to understand why his mother gave him up as a baby he finds a peace that can only come from God. Ashley struggles with wanting more in life than just being a mid-wife, but also wondering if midwifery is God’s plan for her. I couldn’t put this book down, maybe because my roots are from the foothills of the Appalachia’s or maybe I am just a romantic at heart. No matter the reason this is a book that will remain in your heart long after you have read the last page. I would highly recommend this book.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Zondervan, 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.
(Posted on 1/18/2016)
- Review by Irish Maiden
- Review by E
Hunter McDermott is not a man to seek the limelight. A heroic act places him in the news which leads to a phone call from a woman claiming to be his real mother. His quest to find this woman leads him to Ashley and a world totally foreign to him. Learning about his past comes with a price.
This is an engrossing story. The stories of Ashley and Hunter interlock. The secondary characters are interesting and add a great deal to the novel. The author skillfully details important issues while Ashley and Hunter move closer together. They find themselves questioning what they really want and they face challenging choices. What does the future hold for them?
I found The Mountain Midwife to be a well written, meaningful story that is filled with surprises. Highly recommended.
I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review
(Posted on 12/3/2015)
- Review by Karen