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A novel about three generations of midwives a woman, her mother, and her grandmother and the secrets they keep that push them apart and ultimately bind them together THE SECRETS OF MIDWIVES tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world—and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever. Her mother, Grace, finds it impossible to let this secret rest.

Will these women reveal their secrets and deal with the inevitable consequences? Or are some secrets best kept hidden? Hardcover , pages. Published February 10th by St. Martin's Press first published February 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


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I mean, was Mark's participation not instrumental?! Jennifer Manzella Yes - along with about 50 other things in the book. Quiltyknitwit I'm a fan of the show. This novel lacks charming characters and realistic situations. See all 3 questions about The Secrets of Midwives…. Lists with This Book. A mixed read for me. While I enjoyed all the stories of childbirth, the women and their situations, I enjoyed some of the characters much less. A multigenerational novel of a family midwives, the story is told in alternate chapters by Flossie, Grace and Neva. Neva, I felt was somewhat easy to follow, her character was a bit thin and predictable, though she does have a secret that is not revealed until the end.

Grace, her mother, I found extremely annoying, her character seemed to play much young A mixed read for me. Grace, her mother, I found extremely annoying, her character seemed to play much younger than her years. Flossie and her story I found the most interesting and hence she became the character I liked the most. Throw in a birthing center, headed by a much married but lecherous doctor and much of this seemed like an episode of ER. So read for the birthing stories or the story and character of Flossie, but the story was much lighter than I expected.

Good, but needed more depth. View all 8 comments. Oct 17, Laura Kay Bolin rated it it was amazing. This is a book you'll want to cuddle up on the couch and fall in love with. The novel is told in alternating voices of Neva, Grace and Floss. Each woman struggling to understand the others. I love books with alternating voices I feel it really allows each character to come alive for me and Hepworth did exactly this in her novel. I loved each of these women. Each of these characters have stories you are going to want to see http: Each of these characters have stories you are going to want to see how they come together or come to an end.

The novel moves at a very nice pace just getting to know them and has a steady and slow build to the climax of the story--actually I would say there are really two climaxes! Floss has a life long secret and let me just tell you I was stunned! I mean really stunned! I never saw it coming. There was nothing about this book I didn't love. I could hardly put it down. A perfect weekend read! You are not going to want to pass this novel up! Such a good good book I know you won't want to put this one down. I am highly recommending! Sep 15, Dana rated it really liked it Shelves: While slightly Jerry Springer in nature, I did find this book to be an addictive read.

I was not a big fan of the main protagonist, but the writing was good enough that that did no deter much of my enjoyment from the story. I thought that the glimpse into the world of midwives was very fascinating and I appreciated the authors attention to detail. Buy, Borrow or Bin Verdict: Buy for fans of Call the Midwife , Borrow for everyone else.

I received this book for free in exchange for an ho While slightly Jerry Springer in nature, I did find this book to be an addictive read. I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. View all 4 comments.

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Recommended Reading I rather enjoyed this novel about secrets and family, life and babies. I listened to the audio version told by narrator Alison Larkin. She did an excellent job giving each of the three points of view a unique voice. I listen all day as I completed various tasks around the house - not once did I get distracted away from the story. If you read this novel, I strongly recommend the audio version. Oct 29, Katie rated it it was ok. I'd hung out with Patrick more times than I could count.

But now, when I wanted to launch into banter, my throat clamped shut like a preterm cervix. View all 6 comments. Apr 20, Rebecca Moore rated it did not like it. You know when a main character 'hates presents' or 'doesn't like to be the centre of attention' and they wear it like a badge of honor and you just want to kill them for being so awful and dull? They are also beautiful and all the men love them? Not since the linguistic trauma that was the Twilight saga have I read such a sappy, pathetic pile of shit.

I work in women's health. I think the fact that women bring Eugh. I think the fact that women bring new humans into the world is incredible and I thought I was going to be reading something awesome and moving. It gets one star for the very mild enjoyment I got from Floss' flash back stories. Good day to you. A warm hearted story of family, motherhood and midwifery, The Secrets of Midwives by Sally Hepworth features three generations of women - Neva, Grace, and Floss.

Three generations of women in my family had devoted their lies to bringing babies into the world; the work was in my blood. No, for me, the decision to become a midwife had nothing to do with babies. And everything to do with mothers. Neva has successfully hidden her pregnancy for 30 weeks and now that she no longer can, refuses to divulge the identity of the father, her mother, Grace, is struggling both personally and professionally, and Floss, the family matriarch, is increasingly anxious about the repercussions for both her daughter and granddaughter, of a choice she made years before.

Though the plot is fairly predictable and lacks any real sense of depth, The Secrets of Midwives is an engaging read. The drama generated by the women's secrets is fairly low key, there is never really any doubt that things will work out, and their issues are resolved quite neatly by the end of the book. I'm a sucker for birth stories so I particularly enjoyed the midwifery angle. I was a little worried that Hepworth may have had a 'natural birth' agenda but she presents a fairly balanced view that favours choice for the mother.

The characters are easy to relate to and generally believable. I thought the dynamics between the three women were well drawn, particularly between Neva and Grace whose relationship is loving but complicated, simply because they are very different people. Grace is probably the most nuanced of the three characters, but it was Floss, and her story, that I found most interesting. An easy and amiable novel, I found The Secrets of Midwives to be a pleasant and satisfying read.

Jan 07, Regina rated it it was ok Shelves: The Secret of Midwives is a quick, easy read centred around three generations of women who are midwives. Neva, Grace and Floss. The chapters alternate between the three women. As the title of the novel suggests, there are secrets. However, I figured out the secrets before the halfway mark, therefore tapping my feet impatiently waiting for them to come out.

I found the characters to be shallow, or rather I should say the exploration of the characters and their relationships to be shallow. I also fo The Secret of Midwives is a quick, easy read centred around three generations of women who are midwives. I also found quite a bit of the novel to be a bit unrealistic in nature.

The Secret of Midwives passed some time for me, at the end of the day though it was a bit too light for my liking. Oh and I found the cover to be misleading, it conjures an image of Call The Midwife, but it is far from Call The Midwife the tv series anyway. Thankyou to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy to read and review. Feb 20, Melinda Elizabeth rated it liked it. The secrets of midwives follows three generations of midwives as they hide from their secrets, from each other and determine the right time to come clean with their mysteries to one another. Neva, the youngest of the trio of midwives, is a cold, removed character who is difficult to appreciate.

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She has a strange relationship with her mother, creating large distances between them and more often than not announcing her disdain at the choices her mother makes. Floss is the matriarch of the family, who traveled over from London with infant Grace after her husband died in a farm accident.

Seeing her friend leave her studies to marry a charismatic farmer leads us down a dramatic tale of friendship, bravery, and mothers instinct.

This is by far the best aspect of the novel, and is narrated well. Oct 31, Judy Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: A special thank you to St. The multi-generational novel grabbed me from the first page, and held me until I reached the ending. What a great way to spend a Sunday after the busy Christmas holidays. So engaging, you cannot put down; Had to finish i A special thank you to St. So engaging, you cannot put down; Had to finish in one day— totally captivating! Three generations of women: Even though Floss is now eighty-three and not actively practicing, each of them have a genuine altruistic passion and love of mothers and babies, and helping to bring life into the world.

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Set in the US, New England area in the winter, Floss is living with Lil, a woman very cool Gram ; however, Floss has not been open and honest with Lil about her past and tends to keep her family life separate from her personal life. I want her for a grandmother. Grace , a middle-aged wife, married to Robert; she loves her job and likes to maintain control of her life as well as her daughter's life. She has just dropped the bomb she is seven months pregnant to her mom and Gram.

She claims there is no father she is not naming. She has a gal roommate, and a good-looking and charming pediatrician friend, Patrick loved him , who spends the night on her sofa occasionally, and has had a one night stand with two other guys one married. A very engaging fast-paced and compelling tale of three generations of women and the secrets they hold which could tear their lives apart. I really enjoyed how the author allows each character to speak and titles the sections with names as very easy to follow.

Loved the part where all three woman pulled together for the suspenseful birth, with such vivid settings, making me feel I was in the room. We get bits and pieces of her time in in Kings Langley, England, when she was a single woman, a midwife riding her bike to help women with two best girlfriends at the boarding house Evie and Elizabeth. Amazing writing, intensity as we learn the fate of Elizabeth.

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It was so moving, you will cry and smile at the same time. The storylines are seamless for a dynamic conclusion and courageous story of love, family and the joy of motherhood and its true meaning. The research into deliveries and the medical, was impeccable and quite informative, with well-developed characters. An ideal choice for book clubs or discussions for different viewpoints of the characters and the, what ifs. This was my first book by Hepworth and look forward to reading more from this talented storyteller! Collins Must Read Books Mar 21, Sharon Anderson rated it it was amazing.

I couldn't put it down That's a record for me. Feb 20, Michelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am a big Sally Hepworth fan--what could be ho-hum in lesser hands she injects with a ton of emotional weight and takes a storyline you might have read before to new heights and depths. Three generations of midwives daughter, mother, grandmother are at the heart of this novel and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the actual midwifery part of the novel.

What could've been plain or glossed over was done so well and really added emotional depth to the characters and narrative arc.

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I was fu I am a big Sally Hepworth fan--what could be ho-hum in lesser hands she injects with a ton of emotional weight and takes a storyline you might have read before to new heights and depths. I was fully into the three women's stories and although some turns are seen well in advance, I loved every minute of it. Feb 17, Denise rated it it was ok. The setting is present day east coast with only a tiny scene that flashes back to England and bicycles. Simply put, it is women's fiction -- about mother and daughter relationships, romance, secrets kept, and predictable outcomes.

There is also graphic description of the births attended by the two women who are practicing midwive 2. There is also graphic description of the births attended by the two women who are practicing midwives. As a nurse, I kept reading only for those details, as I found them fairly interesting though definitely there was an anti-hospital, anti-medical establishment undercurrent. I am tired of reading stories that focus on rivalry and competition between doctors and nurse midwives with only the barest nod to the fact that both professions have a place in the birthing of babies and, from my experience, usually demonstrate a mutual respect for the skills and knowledge each brings.

Birthing choices are just that -- a variety of options -- with the pregnant couple making their decision with the hope that the outcome will be a safe delivery of a healthy infant. There's no reason to have a bias where a woman is made to feel more or less "powerful" based on the type of delivery chosen. The narrative shifted in point of view of the three main female characters. I'd figured out the secrets and guessed the outcome of each woman's individual story line quickly.

I never experienced any empathy or connection to any of the characters and felt they were quite flat despite the author's attempts to give them some depth with their personalities seemed cliche. Could say this was a fairy tale about modern day midwives with a neatly wrapped happy ending. I was extremely disappointed as it was not at all what I was hoping for.

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Martin's Press for the e-book ARC to review. Two and a half stars A family story of three generations of midwives, Floss, her daughter Grace, and her daughter Neva. Meg is also hiding a secret: Robotham captures the physical misery that often characterizes late-term pregnancies and writes convincingly in a female voice, but where this book excels is in the increasing sense of threat he crafts so well. With its interestingly imperfect characters and escalating sense of urgency, this novel will keep you reading as fast as you can.

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