I received a free copy of this book for the purpose of review from Tyndale Blog Network.
The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim is the very unique story of the head midwife of a Mennonite home for pregnant girls. Rhoda Mammau efficiently runs Hopen Haus while maintaining emotional distance from the other midwives and their charges. The girls living at Hopen Haus come from various backgrounds and all are seeking refuge through their pregnancies. The book also chronicles the experiences of a young woman who becomes a surrogate for her professor/ boss and his wife. The story of Beth is one from years ago while the story of Rhoda is in the present. Petersheim also brings in a host of other characters from the pregnant girls to others working at Hopen Haus and even someone from Rhoda's past. One of the girls named Amelia becomes an important part of this story.
If this review comes across as vague it is just because I don't want to give anything away! This whole story is completely interwoven and almost every detail becomes important later in the book. These connecting stories moved fairly quickly with lots of details and several developed characters. I enjoyed the story line and the style of writing although I will say it was almost all too neatly connected in the end. I don't want to discourage your from reading this fiction at all because it is a pleasant read. Just know at the end you may shake your head a little as I did!
Because Hopen Haus is separate from any current Mennonite communities, the Plain lifestyle is represented and a definite piece of the story but not an overwhelming factor (if that even makes sense!). Petersheim's roots with the Pennsylvania Dutch community lends authenticity to her story. A quick look at her website shows that she has written another book called The Outcast which I hope to read soon. The Midwife was a perfect read on the beach during our recent vacation. You can preorder your copy now and the book will release on June 1, 2014. Hear more from the author herself:
I received a free copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.